Florida education news: Commissioner appointment, superintendents, taxes and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
Former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Dec. 11, 2018|Updated Dec. 11, 2018

COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENT: The Florida Board of Education fast tracks efforts to name the state's next education commissioner, converting its planned conference call meeting to an in-person one in Tallahassee on Monday. The session was scheduled on Nov. 28, and its agenda includes only three items.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Manatee County School Board will consider offering interim superintendent Cynthia Saunders a long-term contract, despite a clause in her current agreement that seems to prevent such an arrangement, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A former Okaloosa County resident criticizes superintendent Mary Beth Jackson's performance and calls on her to resign, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

TAXES: Charlotte County residents prepare to pay an additional sales tax percentage that will support school construction and maintenance projects, the Charlotte Sun reports.

SECURITY: The Broward County School Board will consider a new policy on "Code Red" emergency response procedures, after learning employees were underprepared for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TIME OF CARING: Lake County schools use the holiday season to teach lessons of kindness, the Daily Commercial reports.

NEW RIDES: The Marion County school district anticipates purchasing 100 new school buses to replace a quarter of its fleet, some of which is more than 20 years old, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: The Alachua County school district seeks a federal grant to help pay for programs aimed at narrowing the achievement gap as compared to other area districts, WUFT reports.

CROWDING: The Sarasota County School Board decides to build a new high school to ease congestion at Venice High, rather than adding a wing to the campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: A Gadsden County school of the performing arts aims to rebuild after being shuttered by the storm, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

COMMUNICATION: The Sarasota School Board agrees to explore a policy to allow more commenting on its social media sites, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TURNAROUND CHARTER: A Manatee County charter school that improved its state grade from F to A, and seeks an extension on its plan to relocate, which is supposed to be completed in September 2020, the Bradenton Herald reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup