Leon County School Board Meeting Briefs: December 12, 2023

Leon County School Board Meeting Briefs: December 12, 2023

Below are the meeting briefs that took place during the Leon County School Board business meeting on December 12, 2023. During the beginning of the meeting several teachers spoke to the Board, expressing that teacher pay is not enough. One teacher stated, “As a teacher, I’m told to work without raises because it’s for the […]

Leon County School Board Addresses Causes of Chronic Absenteeism

Leon County School Board Addresses Causes of Chronic Absenteeism

On December 11th, Jessica Lowe, the Director of Attendance and Families in Transition provided the School Board with a presentation on chronic absenteeism during a workshop meeting. Chronic absenteeism is defined as any student that misses 10% or more of schooling each year. Currently, the national average for chronic absenteeism is 27%. In 2022, Leon […]

LCS to Consider Agreement with FAMU, LCSO to Address “At-Risk High School Students”

LCS to Consider Agreement with FAMU, LCSO to Address “At-Risk High School Students”

On Tuesday, December 12th, the Leon County School Board (Board) will consider a recommendation from Superintendent Hanna to approve an agreement to address at-risk high school students. The Superintendent is recommending that the Board approve a 2023-2026 agreement between the School Board of Leon County, Florida, the Leon County Sherriff’s Office, and the Florida A&M […]

Teacher Assaulted by Student at Kate Sullivan Elementary School

Teacher Assaulted by Student at Kate Sullivan Elementary School

Reports indicate that a Kate Sullivan Elementary School teacher was recently assaulted by a student. The teacher was transported to a hospital for medical attention. A Leon County School official confirmed to TR that an incident took place at the school and that the teacher did receive medical attention. No other information has been released […]

LCS Out-Of-School Suspensions 80% Higher Than State Average

LCS Out-Of-School Suspensions 80% Higher Than State Average

A review of data tabulated by Florida school districts and provided to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) shows that the Leon County out-of-school suspension rate in 2021-22 was 11.0%. This rate is 80% higher than the statewide rate of 6.1%. The out-of-school suspension rate was calculated by dividing the number of annual out-of-school suspensions […]

Leon County School Board Meeting Briefs: November 14, 2023

Leon County School Board Meeting Briefs: November 14, 2023

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 […]

LCS Agenda Review Addresses Book Scans, KCCI Project & Curriculum Challenges

LCS Agenda Review Addresses Book Scans, KCCI Project & Curriculum Challenges

On November 13th, the Leon County School Board held their agenda review/workshop meeting. KCCI provided the Board with a presentation on the Crosswalks to Classrooms initiative. KCCI is a local non-profit that focuses on citizen driven placemaking projects. This year KCCI choose to focus on a project to enhance pedestrian safety. KCCI partnered with 7 […]

Leon County Schools Face Absenteeism Issue

Leon County Schools Face Absenteeism Issue

A recent speaker at the October 24th, 2023 Leon County School Board brought up the issue of student absenteeism. The speaker explained that there are over 12,000 students in Leon County public schools who are missing weeks of school. Her recommendations to the Board were to examine how policy and practices affect student attendance, consider […]