Flagler School Board Holds Agenda Workshop

Flagler Schools

Flagler Schools held an agenda workshop Tuesday at 3pm. During this agenda workshop the school board discussed multiple issues. The meeting started off with public comment, however there was none.

The board then discussed the details regarding the leasing of new busses. At the end of the 5 year lease, the busses will be owned by Flagler Schools and they will be up to date with the all of the necessary features to provide for student safety. It was also pointed out that some of these new busses would be replacing old busses that are being retired due to rising maintenance costs. The board had no other questions regarding the financing process and presentation.

The board went into an overview of budgeting. During this time they discussed the details of different ongoing projects, upcoming purchases and other financial decisions and actions. This included savings that the have been made regarding different projects.  The board also reviewed multiple audits for programs like the Flagler Auditorium, now the Fitzgerald Auditorium, and the Flagler Education Foundation.

The board then heard a presentation on the changes to health materials covered. There were changes made to grade levels made to when they talk about reproductive health, which is being changed from grade 4 to grade 5. There is always an opt out option, with no repercussions. The curriculum will be available for parents online to review. Currently the reviews are on hold while staff waits on guidance from the state regarding the statute change. Board member Furry talked about potential issues with the opt in and opt out system as he has received emails from a parent stating they have opted their child out, but they were still pulled from class for a health screening.

Board member Hunt brought up that she feels it is unnecessary for staff to have to present out of state expenses and trips to the board when she noted that Flagler Schools has a competent Superintendent. She noted that she will bring the issue up under new business at the next meeting.

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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