Below are the meeting briefs that took place during the Leon County School Board Reorganization/Business meeting on November 14, 2023.
The Board unanimously elected Board Member Roseanne Wood as the new Chair effectively replacing the previous Chair Alva Smith. Additionally, the Board unanimously elected Board Member Lori Cox as Vice Chair.
The Board unanimously approved amendments to the Student Supervision and Welfare policy. Some of these changes include having an administrator notify the parent of a student if there is a change in the students monitoring related to the students mental, physical, emotional health or well-being.
The Board unanimously approved amendments to the Selection of and Adoption of Instructional Materials. Part of the amendment states, “Each principal shall communicate to parents the manner in which instructional materials are used to implement the curricular objectives of the school and the procedures for contesting the adoption and use of instructional materials.”
The Board unanimously approved amendments to the Bullying and Harassment policy. The amendment clarifies the language regarding bullying and harassment through the use of data or computer software. The amendment explains that bullying is not tolerated regardless of the ownership of any computer, computer system or computer network that is physically located on school property or at a school program or event.
The Board unanimously approved amendments to the School Safety and Security policy. These amendments include the Board implementing a student crime watch to improve responsibility and school safety.
The Board unanimously approved amendments to the Relations with Educational Institutions and Organizations. These amendments include allowing the Superintendent to award up to $250,000 a year to a non-profit.
The Board approved a new policy regarding objections to material used in classrooms. The new policy includes a process for a parent/resident to object to the appropriateness of a specific material used in a classroom. The policy explains that upon receiving the objection, the Superintendent will appoint a review committee who will review the material and make a recommendation to the Superintendent. The Board will receive all information and make a final decision. The policy passed 4-1 with Chair Roseanne Wood in dissent.
Chair Wood made a motion to include the language “gender identity” in the Board’s “over arching” non-discrimination statement. Wood recommended adding the term to the non-discrimination statement currently used in the Leon County Schools inclusive guide . However, Ms. Smith noted the added language could increase liability and bring lawsuits by the state. Board Member Darryl Jones noted he is on board with the language changes and wants to communicate with the public that Leon County is an enlightened school district. The motion passed 4-1 with Alva Smith in dissent.