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School Board of Clay County
October 19, 2017 - School Board Workshop
Date: Oct 19 2017 (1:30 p.m.)
Call to Order  (1:40 p.m. - Present: Janice Kerekes, District 1; Carol Studdard, District 2; Betsy Condon, District 3; Mary Bolla, District 4; Ashley Gilhousen, District 5; and Superintendent Addison Davis. )
Workshop Items
1. Discuss Legislative Priorities for 2018
2017 Legislative Priorities.pdf

Following a lengthy discussion, Board consensus was to focus on one major priority for the 2018 legislative platform that would encompass a multi-tier approach for additional funding requests.  The Board will use School Choice development and enhancement as a platform to lobby for categorical funding for:

  • a Performing Arts school
  • a Montessori school
  • AICE acceleration programs
  • Transportation for school choice

The Board requested that a presentation tool/brochure be developed to assist with promoting the priorities in Tallahassee.


2. Review Board Policy Section I: Organization of the District School Board
Policy Review-D'Agata Handout.pdf

Board Attorney David D'Agata facilitated the review of Section I of the Board's policies, pages 1-10.  See attachment for handout provided by Mr. D'Agata.  He began with general recommendations and consistencies to be followed throughout the policies:

  • Be consistent with references to "School Board of Clay County";
  • Consensus to refer to the document as "Policies" as opposed to Rules;
  • One Policy per page; 
  • Gender neutral references - Chair and Vice Chair;
  • List/update authority for all policies;  remove or update policies that are no longer current or meaningful;
  • Language should be added for handling risk management and board member's rights to unannounced school visits;
  • Update and consolidate meeting and workshop notice requirements; include process for reasonable accommodations;

The following revisions were suggested to current language for the first draft:

  • 1.01, The District School System - strike last sentence of subparagraph A;
  • 1.02, The District School Board
    • A, Responsibility and Authority - add language regarding corporate body authority/contracting agent provision; service of process provision;
    • C, Organization and Officers - update references to organizational meeting to match Florida Statutory provisions;
    • E, Board Meetings - revise language for time/date of meetings to be established at yearly organization meetings; strike language regarding 14-day agenda requirement for adding items; Procedures for Citizen Participation - delete subparagraph b, Scheduled Citizens' Request; Board Member Meeting Attendance by Electronic Media language will be condensed to match Florida Statutory provisions;

Efforts will be made to submit proposed revisions for the entirety of Section I by December.


Questions from the Audience  (None)
Superintendent Comments  (None)
School Board Comments  (None)
Adjournment  (4:13 p.m.)
Superintendent of Schools School Board Chair