|Multi-Purpose Center, Corner of Gratio Place & Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043|
|October 26, 2021 - School Board Workshop|
Date: Oct 26 2021 (9:00 a.m.)
|Invocation (Tina Bullock)|
|Call to Order (Present: Janice Kerekes, District 1; Beth Clark, District 2; Tina Bullock, District 3; Mary Bolla, District 4; Ashley Gilhousen, District 5; and Superintendent David Broskie)|
|1. Review Draft Agenda for Regular School Board Meeting on November 4, 2021|
|2. School Board Member District Boundaries|
|Board Member Redistricting 2021 (2).pdf|
Jim Fossa, Facilities & Planning, reviewed the attached visual presentation re Florida Statute 1001.36 relative to school board member residence areas and outlined three previously proposed options and an additional fourth option for revising existing boundaries to produce a more equitable distribution of population. Option #4 incorporated the moving of neighborhoods with the least amount of division while maintaining the integrity of natural boundaries and minimizing deviations as much as possible.
The board discussed and collectively gave direction to add an agenda item to advertise the redistricting outlined in option #4. The timeline for advertising was also discussed.
|3. Discussion of Re-numbering Board Members' Districts (Mrs. Bolla)|
Chair Bolla added this item to discuss possible revisions to the school board members' district numbers so those numbers are aligned with the Board of County Commissioners' numbers. Mrs. Bolla advised Florida statute 100.041 precludes the county commissioners from changing their district numbers, but neither statute nor school board policy restricts the board from re-numbering board members' districts. Mrs. Bolla obtained prior input from Chris Chambless, Supervisor of Elections, and believes this would be an opportunity to serve the community in a more unified, simplified manner.
Mrs. Kerekes raised the question of whether the district numbers have to correlate with election years. Mrs. Bolla advised that only the county commissioners are required to run in years based on their district numbers.
Mrs. Gilhousen and Mrs. Clark supported consideration for revising school board member district numbers.
Mrs. Bullock is not in favor of changing the district numbers because board members are elected district-wide and serve the entire district. She would like additional information from Mr. Bickner prior to placing this as an item on the agenda.
Bruce Bickner, School Board Attorney, advised he would appreciate the time to research the authority, in statute, to change the numbering and also determine if this would be rulemaking. He will research the issue and share his findings with the board.
Mrs. Kerekes expressed concern that re-numbering the districts now may confuse the citizens as to when the board members are up in the election cycle.
Mrs. Bolla requested that an action item be added to November's discussion agenda for advertising with a public hearing to be held at the December meeting.
|Questions from the Audience (None)|
|4. Superintendent Comments|
Superintendent Broskie advised the board that notification has been received from the Department of Education naming Clay County District Schools as an academically high-performing school district for 2021, based on student performance data, financial auditing and budget, and class size compliance.
|School Board Comments|
|5. School Board Member Comments|
Mrs. Bullock commented re item C19 Keystone Heights Elementary School New Cafeteria/Classrooms Architect Contract Award that she believes this project is more of a temporary fix than a permanent solution for Keystone Heights Elementary, citing regular maintenance issues at KHE and the time spent on those maintenance concerns rather than on educational concerns.
Mrs. Gilhousen advised she participated in interviews for the architects working on the KHE Cafeteria/Classrooms design. The winning designer was a part of the original design of KHE and possesses a lot of heart for and connection to the Keystone community. The architectural firm also had innovative ideas for the production of increased space.
Mrs. Clark commented on the positive community meetings held to discuss rezoning the Oakleaf area schools.
Mrs. Kerekes requested that the board receive minutes from the Citizens Advisory Council meetings and email notifications of scheduled meetings.
Mrs. Bolla appreciated the public's respect exhibited at the community meetings, particularly given the level of difficulty posed by this transition.
|Adjournment (10:01 a.m.)|