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.
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.)