Below are the news briefs from the Leon County School Board meeting that took place on October 11, 2022.
The LCSB approved a number of agenda items, and they can be viewed here. But one of the items that got special attention was approving the Montford Middle School, Agriculture Program project, funded by Agricultural Grant for Montford Middle School Students.
Vice-Chair Alva Swafford Striplin noted that the school received a $52,000 grant for the “installation of electrical service, water and fencing for the Agriculture Program” rooted in an appreciation for gardening and agriculture.
The LCSB also approved an agenda item related to “freedom of speech in non-instructional settings.” The item was approved unanimously and stated:
“Administrative staff members, as citizens in a democratic society, have the right to speak out on issues of public concern. When those issues are related to the District, however, the administrative staff member’s expression should be balanced against the interests of this District.”
The item included some procedures that are designed to “help clarify and, therefore, avoid situations in which the administrative staff member’s expression could conflict with the District’s interests.”
Some of the procedures included:
- “state clearly that his/her expression represents personal views and not necessarily those of the School District,”
- “refrain from expressions that would disrupt harmony among co-workers,” and
- “refrain from making public expressions which s/he knows to be false or are made without regard for truth or accuracy.”
The full text of the addition to the policy manual can be viewed here.
The LCSB considered and approved an item that grants a contract to Fitzgerald Collaborative Group, LLC for “W.T. Moore Elementary School New Construction, Remodeling, Renovations, and Site Improvements Classroom Redesign Project.” The total cost of the contract is $615,526.00. The agreed-upon contract can be viewed here.
The LCSB also approved an increased pay scale for staffed positions within the district that include receptionists, registrars, and secretaries. The school district agreed to the new pay scale terms with the Leon Educational Staff Professional Association and is raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The full list of the agreed-upon pay scale for each position can be viewed here.
The LCSB unanimously approved entering into a contract with the “Kirton Law Firm to Initiate a Lawsuit Seeking Damages against JUUL®.”
According to the school board the “lawsuit essentially alleges that youth were unfairly marketed to and became addicted to e-cigarettes and vaping products.” The school district is seeking damages associated with JUUL® and e-cigarettes.
The Attorney-Client Engagement agreement can be viewed here.
The full meeting can be viewed on the Leon County Schools’ Facebook page here.