Leon County School Board Meeting Notes April 26, 2022 – Tallahassee Reports

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The Leon County School Board has heard an update regarding the LCS District’s partnership with Florida State University and the Leon County Student-Focused Reading Success Program. The focus is reading and early learning and intervention for students using literacy coaches and resources to provide materials and support to students and families in need.
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Council heard from Dean Meade of the Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. He discussed a seminar for high school students, Adulting 101, where guest speakers will discuss money management, getting a job, applying to law school and understanding of your rights. This year’s seminar will be held virtually on May 10, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., and students can register at link provided.
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Superintendent Rocky Hanna highlighted events that have benefited teachers over the past four years, including pay, bonuses and contracts. Hanna said there had been $9.8 million in pay increases in the previous four years, citing veteran teachers having a $5,700 raise, lower health insurance costs, two furloughs additional paid and two new paid planning days.

Additionally, Hanna discussed plans for a $6 million pay raise where all teachers will receive a minimum of $1,800, which increases the base salary by $2,700.
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The LCSB unanimously approved revisions to Policy 8330-Student Records, allowing the district to release student information to recruiting officers at any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or institution of higher education who request these informations. In addition, the review will allow the publication of reports on serious or recurring behaviors and psychological assessments.
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The council authorized modifications to policy 1430.06-Annual leave- announced publicly and for a public hearing scheduled for June 21, 2022. The policy revision extends the temporary waiver of the vacation leave cap for exempt/salaried administrative staff, implemented due to COVID-19. ____

The changes for Policy 2371-Hope Scholarship- and a public hearing scheduled for June 21, 2022, were unanimously approved by the LCSB. The Hope Scholarship Program is created to provide the parent of a public school student with the opportunity to transfer the student to another public school or apply for a scholarship to enroll and attend an eligible private school . The option would be allowed if the student was the victim of an incident such as beatings, bullying or sexual offences.
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The Commission supported the revisions and has scheduled a public hearing for June 21, 2022 on Policy 5111 – Homestay Students. The amendments use language to comply with Title 42 of the U.S. Code, stating that homestay students will not be stigmatized or segregated based on their status. The district must establish safeguards that protect foster students from discrimination based on their foster status.
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In the fall of 2021, the LCSB obtained census data from Leon County to determine if school district boundaries should be redrawn. However, after careful consideration, it was determined that the residential areas remained approximately equal in population and a redistricting was not necessary. Accordingly, Council approved correspondence to Election Supervisor Mark Earley regarding his decision to retain the current boundaries. ____

The Board unanimously approved the decommissioning and demolition of the former buildings SAIL 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, and Portable 99-408, located at 725 N. Macomb Street.
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A contract between the LCSB and Rippee Construction, Inc. for approximately $1 million has been approved by the Board. The contract is for services at Griffin Middle School, remodeling and renovation of building 15, rooms 106, 202, 206 and 212.
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Brain Rode was unanimously nominated by the LCSB as a citizen member of the Leon County Value Adjustment Board. The Leon County Value Adjustment Board includes representatives from the county commission members and the school board. The purpose of the Value Adjustment Board is to hear petitions relating to assessments, hear complaints relating to homestead exemptions, hear appeals of exemptions denied or disputes arising from exemptions granted.
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The board unanimously approved $70,000 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) III to the Council on the Status of Men and Boys (CSMB) for the 2021-2022 school year. Leon County will serve as the fiscal agent to receive these funds.
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Counselor Mrs. Thomas of Deerlake Middle School received a letter from the Department of Education informing her of an allegation made by a student stating that a counseling session she held with them had made the student feel bad comfortable. The Commission collectively authorized the provision of legal services to Ms. Thomas to respond to the investigation. She has less than two weeks to provide documents denying the allegation.

Florida law and LCSB policy provide permissive authority to provide legal representation to employees charged with civil or criminal actions arising out of and in connection with their duties and responsibilities.

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