Ms. Kneessy questioned whether there was a mechanism in place for Board processes for policy additions, revisions, and time lines. FSBA stated that the district should have a policy that outlines how we do our revisions etc. Dr. Clapp stated that Chapter 120 of the Florida Statutes defines the process for rule making. Dr. Clapp stated that most clients deal with policy twice a year.
Ms. Kneessy stated that she would like to see the district go to reviewing policy twice a year (fall/Spring). Mr. Berry stated that timing is an issue because the legislation implementation is July 1st.
Mr. Ziegler stated that there are different reasons and time frames to bring policies for approval. He questioned when it is appropriate to address certain types of situations. Dr. Clapp stated the Board can process a policy whenever the need arises.
Ms. Kneessy requested to the District to place on the information agenda at an upcoming Board Meeting regarding Administrators Advocation a Stricter Dress Code for their Schools.
Dr. Murray informed the Board regarding a conversation that occurred between herself and Mr. Berry regarding the Attendance Policy 5200 and how it is driving students involved in sports, drama, and other activities to attend private schools and virtual schools. Dr. Binggeli stated that this is an implementation concern and will be addressed at school level.
In regard to School Board Policy 5610-Removal, Suspension and Expulsion of Student, Dr. Murray stated she is not particularly unhappy with the policy but noted that other districts Board Members are further removed from the expulsion process and are able to enter the hearings with an unbiased opinion. Dr. Murray gave an example to back her viewpoint and noted that the Board may want to revisit our processes.
Discussion ensued amongst the Board on their various viewpoints.
Ms. Henderson stated that this needs to take another look at the Out-of -Area Policy and see how we are implementing them and make sure we are limiting them in schools that are at a high enrollment count.
Dr. Binggeli stated that we need to take a new look given our new reality at the administrative procedures that are utilized to implement the policy that states we have rules in place that govern the out of areas.
Ms. Henderson requested the district take another look on how the out-of-areas are being handled including the McKay Scholarships. She would like the district to determine whether there needs to be a policy/procedures or if the current policy/procedures are going to work.
Discussion ensued amongst Ms. Henderson, Dr. Binggeli, Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services; Steve Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent of Information Technologies; and Mr. Bistline regarding the verification of residence to help in reducing parents that state they live in a schools attendance area and in actuality live in another schools attendance area.
Ms. Kneessy questioned what training is in place when new or revised policies are implemented. Mr. Berry stated that the Senior Staff personnel is responsible for the training when a new or revised policy is implemented. The district is currently looking at our training process to ensure it is being conveyed to the building principals.
Dr. Binggeli stated these policies are also brought up at the Leadership Team meetings especially when there are critical policy changes.