Volusia County Schools
~School Board Notes~ April 24, 2012
School Board Meeting FINANCIAL STATUS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT Information regarding the 2012-13 budget was presented at the budget workshop prior to the school board meeting. Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation. In order to balance the budget it will be necessary to reduce positions in all areas, which include district, instructional and non-instructional. Every effort will be made to reduce positions through attrition – retirements, resignations and vacancies. It is very early in the process and there will be additional presentations to discuss the deficit, which is currently $7-9 million. NAMING FREEDOM ELEMENTARY MEDIA CENTER The school board approved the media center at Freedom Elementary to be named the “Robert H. Whitaker Media Center.” Mr. Whitaker is retiring after 35 years of continuous and dedicated service to the children of Volusia County. He has served as media specialist at Freedom Elementary since it opened in the fall of 2000. NAMING SEABREEZE HIGH BASKETBALL COURT The school board approved the basketball court at Seabreeze High to be named the “Jack E. Surrette Court.” Mr. Surrette distinguished himself as an exemplary advocate of public education as an outstanding teacher, coach and administrator in Volusia County schools, serving students at both the school and district level. Mr. Surrette guided the Seabreeze Boys Basketball Team to two Florida State Championships in 1961 and 1964 and those banners hang in the gym today. REVISIONS TO THE VOLUSIA SYSTEM FOR EMPOWERING LEADERS The school board approved revisions to the new evaluation tool for administrators. The plan will now use the Florida School Leaders Assessment model, which is pre-approved by the Florida Department of Education. The plan will be submitted to the state on May 1. READING STAR ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE The school board approved issuing a notice of termination regarding the charter for the Reading Star Academy of Excellence. The school was cited for 21 violations including failure to meeting generally accepted standards of fiscal management. The school has the opportunity to request a hearing within 14 days of receiving the notice of termination. BOSTON AVENUE CHARTER The school board approved Boston Avenue Charter School’s request for a hearing and referred it to the Department of Administrative Hearings for consideration by an Administrative Law Judge.
SAFETY PSA CONTEST WINNERS The School Board recognized the Safety Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest winners. The contest was sponsored by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, providing $500 to first place, $300 to second place and $200 to third place. A total of 57 PSAs were submitted from Deltona, New Smyrna Beach, Pine Ridge and University high schools. All three winners were students from University High, where the TV Production teacher is Brian Kells. The winning PSAs will be posted on the district’s website. • 1st Place - Alexandra “Ali” Harty, Brooke Satallante and Alicia Zurita • 2nd Place - Caroline Gill, Kayleigh Slappey and Gabrielle “Gabby” Brookes • 3rd Place - Wesley “Wes” Ellis and Scott Hunckler RESOLUTIONS The School Board approved the following resolutions: • National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11 • National Substitute Teacher Week, May 7-11 • National School Nurse Week, May 6-12 • Provider Appreciation Day, May 11 • Custodian Appreciation Week, April 30 – May 4 CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS Several consent items were approved by the school board, including: • approval for 15 New Smyrna Beach High drama students to participate in the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska in June • approval to submit a grant application ranging from $2,000-$27,000 to ING North America Insurance Corporation to establish the “Cardinal Caring Corner” at Longstreet Elementary in the 2012-13 school year • approval to submit a grant application ranging from $2,000-$27,000 to ING North America Insurance Corporation to establish a vegetable garden at Blue Lake Elementary in the 2012-13 school year NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING Regular Meeting: Tuesday, May 8, 4 p.m., DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara Avenue, DeLand During school board meetings and workshops, a live audio broadcast can be accessed from the School District of Volusia County’s website at http://myvolusiaschools.org. To view prior editions of School Board Notes, please visit: http://myvolusiaschools.org. Click on School Board under VCS Quick Links, then click on School Board Notes in the left column. To add or remove your name from the mailing list, please e-mail VCS Community Information at [email protected]