Below are summaries of citizen input from recent meetings of the Tallahassee City Commission, Leon County Commission and Leon County School Board.
Resident Addresses City Commission with Comments about Mistreatment by Staff
On October 11, Stanley Sims (a man who frequently attends Commission meetings) aired his grievances to the City Commission during their regular meeting. Among many things, Mr. Sims claimed the city’s management has an “obsession” with him. Sims then referenced the previous Blueprint meeting where City staff had ridiculed Mr. Sims in a group chat. He stated, “That puts me in a hostile environment, a set up environment. After the last Blueprint meeting, your Chief of Staff went to the security demanding that they throw me out of the building.” He went on to explain that he is scheduled to speak with the new HR Director about the events. Sims claimed city staff is “on the same road” to put out more false allegations. Additionally, Sims noted he has to closely monitor what he does in fear of the Commission spreading more lies.
Teachers and Citizens Speak to School Board about Definition of Sex and Book Approval Process
On October 10, several teachers and citizens came to speak about the recent changes made to the Leon County Inclusive School Guide for LCS Employees. One of the changes made to the Inclusive School Guide includes changing the definition of “sex” and removing the requirement for employees to use a student’s preferred personal title.
One teacher claimed the original guide helped children not to feel alienated at school and noted it also helped her child when he socially transitioned in the eighth grade. Additionally, she asked the Board to add the CDC’s definition of sex as well as the state’s definition. However, another speaker felt differently stating, “This is just pushing the idea that this is real. That someone can be of another gender than what they are born with. It’s ridiculous and its child abuse.”
Another parent expressed her frustration with the new system to approve books in Leon County Schools. She noted that many teachers that teach different languages are having trouble finding media specialists who can approve their books. She went on to explain that her daughter’s Latin teacher has closed off the bookcase in his classroom due to not being able to find a media specialist who can read Latin to be able to review and approve the books.
Speaker Addresses County Commission about Upcoming World of Works
On October 10, Corrie Melton spoke on behalf of the Talent Development Council during the Leon County Commission meeting. She explained that 9th graders will attend World of Works where the students will have hands-on experience with 100 different employers. She emphasized that, “We need our students, as you know, to know about the great careers and opportunities that are here in our region.”