Leon County School Board

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Months of building tension between newly-elected Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna and the school board came to a head Tuesday as board members postponed a decision to move the Adult and Community Education Center to the Lively Technical Center campus next to Tallahassee Community College.

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Leon County’s school board is pushing back against the state’s pre-testing program.  Board members say students are losing valuable classroom time so that the state can test its standardized exam system.

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New Leon County School Board member Rosanne Wood sees opportunity in recent moves to expand recess in schools.

Two Leon County schools will get new principles mid-school year and the district plans to move forward with a review of its administrative office.

From left to right: Maggie Lewis Butler, Dee Dee Rasmussen, Roseanne Wood, Joy Bowen and Alva Swafford Striplin
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Leon County has an all women school board, and a new district superintendent. Tuesday’s district meeting saw the swearing in of Rocky Hanna, and Roseanne Wood.


Florida has been trying to turn back the scales on childhood and adolescent obesity and rates have declined in recent years. Still, the numbers are too high for many, and one group is asking the Leon County School District to do more to keep kids at a healthy weight.

Dee Dee Rasmussen wins re-election to the Leon County School Board.
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Roseanne Wood is the newest member of the Leon County School Board and Chairwoman Dee Dee Rasmussen gets to keep her seat. Both women are already outlining their priorities.

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Textbooks, and more specifically the way the Leon School Board buys them, has become a debate point in district elections this year.

The Leon County School Board discusses the budget at its meeting today.
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The Leon County School Board’s plan to spend nearly $500 million in the upcoming school year is now available for review online. And it’s also at the center of two district-related offices up for election this year. 

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There aren’t enough registered nurses in Leon County schools. Candidates for the School Board’s District four seat each addressed that issue during Friday’s Political Perspectives show.

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Both candidates for Leon County School Board District Two say they would work together with schools to protect the rights of transgender students.

Possible Creation of Woodville K-8 School

Jun 22, 2016
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The Leon County School Board is reviewing a proposal made by the Woodville Middle School Board of Directors.The board wants to merge their school with Woodville Elementary.

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School districts across the country are struggling to keep qualified teachers in the classroom. Here's a look into what the shortage means for Leon County.

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Leon County schools will spend more than $18 million updating and renovating schools and district buildings in the upcoming school year. The dollars will cover everything from new bathrooms to a barber-shop space at Lively technical center.  The biggest chunk of money will go to district-wide maintenance projects that keep schools and buildings operating.

Julie Arasi Is Leon County's Teacher Of The Year

Dec 17, 2015
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Julie Arasi of Kate Sullivan Elementary is Leon County’s Teacher of the Year.

Leon County School Board Discusses Budget

Jul 28, 2015
The Leon County School Board discusses the budget at its meeting today.
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The Leon County School Board will take up a proposed budget for the upcoming school year today.

Leon School Board member Alva Swafford Striplin
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Leon School Board members say the Florida Department of Education is downplaying the extent and impact of system outages that affected this year’s Spring exams. And they say they want to be certain the system failures that plagued the rollout of the new computer-based Florida Standards Assessment are fixed.

Former SAIL High School Principal Rosanne Wood is running for Leon School Board, District 2.
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Former SAIL High School Principal Rosanne Wood is gearing up to run for Leon County School Board.  Wood is running for the District 2 seat—currently occupied by Dee Crumpler.

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The Leon County School board briefly floated and promptly sunk an idea for an appointed superintendent. It’s the latest conversation in the ongoing legal troubles of the district.

The Leon County School district has joined several others in passing a resolution against standardized testing. Districts around Florida are growing increasingly frustrated with a state mandate for end-of-course exams in all subject areas. In Leon alone, the district is looking at more than 1200 new exams.

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A sixth investigation into school construction funding practices in Leon County has turned up no criminal wrongdoing. Now the jobs of several district employees trying to claim whistle-blower protections are on the line.

A notebook disseminated earlier this year to various media outlets outlines charges Leon County Superintendent Jackie Pons awarded school construction projects to his political donors. But an examination of the documents by the hired by the school board, has found no direct evidence of that.

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Alva Swafford Striplin bested incumbent Forrest Van Camp in the race for the first district school board representative. The veteran teacher looks forward to giving her colleagues a voice on the school board.

At a high spirited watch party Swafford Striplin is counting each vote as her lead over incumbent Forrest Van Camp steadily grows. Striplin says balancing the job of being a teacher while running a campaign has been tough, but well worth it.  She says it’s important for a teacher’s point of view to be represented in all decision making.

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The Leon County School Board continues hashing out the details of a nearly $530 million budget for the upcoming school year, but something giving board members heartburn is whether to approve a property tax increase to fill part of the funding plan required by the legislature.

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Two new whistle-blowers have stepped forward in the Leon County Schools construction controversy. The whistle-blowers are both  Leon County Schools employees.

Sandra Davis, a worker in the Division of Facilities, Construction and Maintenance, filed for whistle-blower protection on June 4. In a letter to Leon County Superintendent Jackie Pons, Davis claims school construction projects have been deliberately undervalued to avoid a competitive bidding process. According to Davis, contracts appear to be awarded to construction companies that made donations to Pons’ campaign.

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Leon County School district officials are taking aim at what they call “politically motivated” attacks against Superintendent Jackie Pons. The district used a workshop meeting on construction to address allegations Pons steered construction contracts to his political donors.