School Board receives grant, hears updates on safety and Freeport Middle School – The Defuniak Herald & Beach Breeze | #schoolsaftey


The Walton School Board held its regular meeting at the Tivoli Complex/Board Room on October 3, 2023. Superintendent Russell Hughes was not present. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne presided. 

Career Source Okaloosa Walton and Emerald Coast Technical College continued their memorandum of understanding for their Infrastructure Funding Agreement through June 30, 2024, in the amount of $1,321.00.

The Florida Center for Students With Unique Abilities Grant was approved in the amount of $940,504.00. “The Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Act established the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities at the University of Central Florida and charged the Center with managing implementation of the Act. the purpose and legislative intent is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities, and to provide these students with meaningful postsecondary education credentials and the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.” 

The contract between Walton County School Board and College Board was approved. The College Board furnishes the client with the exams, products, licenses, services and/or materials related to the College Board’s College Readiness and Success System. The cost is $66,668.78.

School Safety Specialist Charlie Morse and the Walton County School District School Board Members meet in an executive meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19. During the meeting the school safety specialist reviewed safety assessment findings for each school and recommendations for each school. The executive file contains the safety recommendations as a district and also includes the safety measure recommendations by each individual school.  The board approved the review of the 2023-2024 District Best Practice Safety Assessment Findings and Recommendations. 

Carrie Chavers, Principal of Dune Lakes Elementary School resigned to leave the country. No one has been chosen as yet to replace her. 

The 2023-2024 Title I, Part A – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Project Application was approved. The amount is $2,560,229.00. “Title I, Part A, provides local educational agencies (LEA) resources that help children gain a high-quality education and the skills to master the Florida Standards. Title I provides additional resources to schools with economically disadvantaged students. These resources provide additional teachers and paraprofessionals, professional development, parent involvement activities, and other activities designed to raise student achievement.” 

The 2023-2024 Title I, Part D Subpart 2: Local Education Agency Delinquent Program was also approved for $60,969.00. “Title I, Part D of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, most recently reauthorized as the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)’, offers federal funding to improve the quality of education in facilities for neglected and delinquent youth.” These funds are used to support students at Walton Learning Center. 

A Deductive Change Order #3 to Culpepper Construction for Freeport Middle School was approved in the amount of -$1,822,109.21. The change order deducted materials and freight including tax. 

Change Order #04 to Culpepper Construction for the new Freeport Middle School was approved in the amount of $922,156.00 budgeted out of Capital Outlay. This was for low voltage work and the vendor had a significant loss of employees and no longer is able to perform the work. They had to rebid for another vendor and had seven bidding for the job. John Todd, Project Manager with Culpepper Construction was there to explain as well. 

Vice Chair Jason Catalano was approved to Attend the Legislative Subcommittee Meeting in Gainesville, Florida on Oct. 6, 2023.

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