2. Roll Call
School Board Members Present
- Misty Belford
- Cheryl McDougall
- Tina Descovich
- Matt Susin
- Katye Campbell
Legislative Delegates Present
- Representative Tyler Sirois
- Representative Thad Altman
- Representative Rene Plascencia
- Senator Debbie Mayfield
- Senator Tom Wright
4. Legislative Priorities and Discussion
Chairman Descovich asked for each delegate to provide information about education bills of which they were aware and what direction they see education going in the House and Senate.
Delegates responded about his or her particular areas of focus. School Board members expressed challenges facing district and state education. Senator Mayfield reminded the Board that January 25, 2019 is the last day for drafting a bill and suggests that the District get requests in ahead of that deadline.
Mr. Reed went over a few of BPS' Legislative Priorities. Representative Plasencia is already supporting pay-scale flexibility with HB 77.
There was particular conversation surrounding the Board's request to serve as a Florida model program in which full and accurate funding for transportation would be coupled with expanded transportation service to charter schools, choice education programs and other schools throughout the district. Interest was shown in spending time with the District to see if a viable product could be found.
Another area of concern was the ability to have quality substitutes in classrooms. Board members asked about the possibility of allowing retired teachers to substitute teach immediately following retirement instead of having to wait the full year of FRS employment. The legislators were receptive to looking into this change.