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Pinellas gives initial okay to social networking policy, performance audits



The Pinellas County School Board voted 7-0 to give initial approval Tuesday to a proposed policy that mandates that school staff use school board resources - and not, say, Facebook pages - to electronically communicate with students regarding school matters.

We wrote about the proposed policy in this story last month. You can read it for yourself on p. 382 of the board agenda packet.

The board also voted 7-0 to give initial approval to a policy that will allow it to contract with a performance auditor on a case-by-case basis.

Board members debated a bit on whether the auditor must be a certified public accountant, as the proposed policy describes as a minimum qualification. Board chair Carol Cook noted the ongoing communications audit, for example: "I don't know that a CPA brings anything to the table for a communications audit," she said. "I think we need some flexibility."

In other action, the board voted 7-0 to approve a new charter school.

The Pinellas Academy of Math and Science, slated for Largo, will serve students in K-8. It plans to open this fall with about 300 students and grow to 900 students after five years. (To read more, go to page 387 of the board agenda packet.)


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:28am]


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