Below are the news briefs from the Leon County School Board (Board) meeting that took place on April 11, 2023.
The Board pulled an agenda item out of the consent agenda, meaning it was determined to have value for a brief debate and discussion. The Board had a brief conversation regarding the upcoming workshop the board will have regarding going to a twice-per-month pay schedule.
The Board approved an agenda item that is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the school district and the Leon County Teachers Association. The MOU contains tentatively agreed upon provisions for the teacher transfer process. The MOU can be viewed here.
Board Member Marcus Nicholas raised a question regarding a current bill in the Florida Legislative Session that raises the teacher’s union participation threshold to 60%. Superintendent Hanna said there are several other questions that need to be answered about how the bill would affect LCS, but that his recommendation would be to pass the MOU before the bill is signed and comes into effect.
The Board approved a number of construction items for numerous schools, and they can be viewed here.
The Board amended school policy related to the “Parental Notification of Arrests of Employees.” The policy states that within twenty-four (24) hours after a law enforcement agency provides the Superintendent with written notification pursuant to F.S. 1012.797 that a District employee has been arrested for a felony, or a misdemeanor involving the abuse of a minor child, or the sale or possession of a controlled substance, the principal shall notify parents of enrolled students who had direct contact with the employee and include, at a minimum, the name and specific charges against the employee.
The Board approved the tentative agreement reached by the Superintendent with the Leon Classroom Teachers Association (LCTA). The item notes that bargaining teams for LCTA and the Leon County School District reached a tentative agreement of the 2022-2025 Collective Bargaining Contract. Provisions of the contract are to be effective upon the date of ratification by the Board except for those provisions that indicate a retroactive or prospective effective date.
The Board approved Amendment #1 to Contract# C22101 with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for School Resource Officer Services. The amendment confirms the cost for services for Fiscal Year 2023/2024, assigns a second full-time deputy at the Godby, Lincoln, Leon, Rickards, and Chiles High Schools, adds another sergeant position to supervise the SRD Program (for a total of 3), adds the costs of summer school services into the base contract amount, and makes administrative language changes and clarifications.
The board had a short meeting only totaling 38 minutes and it can be viewed here.
Nice to see LCSB finnally complied with the law and are now sharing school board meeting videos. When they only used facebook it was unlawfully restricting access to these videos.