Mr. Wyrosdick shared with the board that we petitioned the Florida Department of Education for up to 3 days forgiveness for the days that were missed as a result of an ice storm that necessitated school closure on January 28th, 29th and 30th, 2014. He reported that our request was denied.
Our current 2013-14 school year calendar already designated March 14th and March 17th to be used as make-up days if needed. Those days will take care of two of the missed days. After talking with the board and staff, Mr. Wyrosdick feels February 17, 2014 would be the best day to use to make up the third day of missed school. February 17th is currently a paid holiday for teachers and no school for students. He recommends this day be used as a Professional Development Day and an early release day for students. The Superintendent noted this PDD is vital for training to get ready for FCAT testing.
Memorandums of Understanding have been reached between the Santa Rosa County School Board and the Santa Rosa Professional Educators agreeing to remove Presidents Day, February 17, 2014 as a paid holiday, and re-classify Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 as a paid holiday for instructional employees.
Further, the School Board and the Santa Rosa Professional Educators agree that 12 month educational support employees will work March 17. The paid holiday, Spring Holiday, will be moved to Memorial Day, May 26. 12 month educational support employees will not work on Memorial Day.
A Memo of Understanding has been reached between the Carpenters Industrial Council U.B.C. Local 1032 and the Santa Rosa County School Board agreeing that 12 month employees will work March 17. The paid holiday, Spring Holiday, will be moved to Memorial Day, May 26. 12 month employees will not work on Memorial Day.
All Memorandums of Understanding are in effect for the 2013-14 school year only.
The board approved the revised 2013-14 School Calendar as submitted.
Dr. Scott mentioned she received a lot of compliments about our decision to close schools during the ice storm. Mr. Wyrosdick praised our Emergency Operations Center. We base our decisions on the information they provide us and their prediction on the condition of our roads and bridges was right on.
The Chairman asked if any board members, the board attorney or Superintendent had any other items before we adjourn.
Mrs. Coleman shared with the board that she met with the Principals and District Staff and announced to them that she will not be seeking re-election this year. The board thanked her for letting them know about her decision and they thanked her for what she has done for the children of our county.