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News Segment 1
WCSB Talks Shelters
When a storm was threatening our area last summer, the Walton County
Emergency Management Office made the decision to begin evacuations. This
means the opening of a shelter and the closing of schools. Evacuations
require the schools to close so the students can leave if needed and some
school sites are used as the shelter site. When this happens, parents who
depend on their students being in school have to make arrangements for day
care. The school also has to make adjustments, converting to a shelter and
someone with knowledge of the facility has to be present.
At the last Walton School Board meeting, Board member Mark Davis said, when
the school is being used as a shelter they have to have an administrator
present and FEMA no longer pays them. He says the district is offering comp
time, but he feels it is not fair the person staying at the school is not
paid to be there for multiple days.
Superintendent Anderson said the Sheriff’s Emergency management makes the
closure decision based on weather information and emergency information.
The Sheriff’s Office operates Emergency Management for the Walton County
Commissioners. Anderson said she asked them to delay closing as long as
possible since there is not enough daycare in the county and this means
some parents have to miss work and miss getting paid. She said she welcomes
the Board to make a decision to pay the administrators.
Chairman Dennis Wallace said he would go before the County Commissioners
and ask them to budget the pay for the required administrators that have to
be at the schools when the commissioners close the school for a shelter.
Davis pointed out that since Walton was not declared a Federal Disaster
area, there is no FEMA money coming for the two shelter days.
News Segment 2
Fire Safety Awareness Week
In an effort to better educate communities throughout the U.S. about fire
safety recommendations, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) is promoting “Have 2 Ways Out” as the theme for this year’s Fire
Prevention Week campaign, October 7-13, which South Walton Fire District
(SWFD) is supporting locally. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire
Prevention Week for 89 years.
SWFD will be concentrating their efforts on promoting fire safety and
prevention throughout the many schools, day cares and businesses in South
Walton SWFD would like to remind citizens to please contact Sammy Sanchez,
Fire Marshal for any fire safety questions or concerns. To contact Fire
Marshal Sanchez, please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 or visit our
website at www.swfd.org. In north Walton you can contact you local DeFuniak
Springs, Freeport, Argyle Liberty or Walton Fire-Rescue.
This is also a good time of year to change your smoke detector’s batteries
and test them. You might consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.
And make sure your family has an escape plan and knows where to go in case
of an emergency. Have a safe meeting point away from your home. Make sure
everyone know the way out and knows of a backup escape rout. Firefighters
advise that you practice your family plan.
If you need help changing your smoke detector batteries, contact your local
fire station. Many times they will be happy to come out and assist you.
Right now you can get information by visiting the Walton County Fair. The
smoke house, an interactive demonstration is on the south south side of the
midway area, against the entertainment room building, near the barn.
News Segment 3
WCSB Approves Administrator Evaluation
The Walton County School Board approved an evaluation system for
administrators. The RTT is much like the appraisal system the teachers now
have, as required by the state. School Board member Sharon Roberts said,
while she does not agree to the objectiveness, she does agree that if the
teachers have to have an appraisal system, then the administrators should
also have one.
Board Member Mark Davis said the requirement for evaluations is
logistically a lengthy process. Roberts asked the attorney what the
ramifications would be if they did not pass the state requirement. He
answered that the district could choose to do not have the evaluation
system, but the state would withhold funds.
Superintendent Carlene Anderson noted there have been evaluations in the
past, but said an evaluation needs to be balanced. She agreed this will
take a lot of time. She also said the subjectivity needs to have the
experience and training behind it to make sure it is as least subjective as
possible. Anderson told the Board she does have the experience and training
to conduct the evaluations. Anderson also pointed out the appraisal is not
just for principals, but for all district administrators she supervises.
Davis said they are looking at over 120 pages and more than 300 indicators.
He said the evaluator is supposed to actually observe the person. He said
everything is required by the state but it is not possible to do the
requirements with the time available. Davis said the only way would be to
have someone full time in the school each day.
Davis then went on to talk about the state mandates. This has often been a
topic of complaints by the various school boards. Many times they point out
the state lawmakers not only add more and more requirements, but do so
without providing a way to pay for them. He said every meeting there is
something they have to do, something that is physically impossible. Board
member Faye Leddon said the problem is in Tallahassee, that they write
something that looks good, but is not possible in reality. The vote passed,
but the Board said they do not like it.
Representative Marti Coley was present and heard the comments and said she
appreciates them. Coley admitted it is challenging. She asked that they do
not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Coley said they have seen scores
go up and district out perform, and do so in a global economy.
News Segment 4
Looking for the arrest report? http://jailpublic.co.walton.fl.us. This is
the new jail search page. Use the drop down calendar to find dates.
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In High School Volleyball
Thursday, October 11
Freeport hosts Bozeman 5:30 pm
In High School Football
Thursday, October 11
Walton JV at Pensacola Catholic 6 pm
Freeport JV at North Bay Haven 6 pm
South Walton at Baker 6 pm
Friday, October 12
Walton at Pensacola Catholic 7:30 pm
Vernon hosts Holmes County for Homecoming
Walton County Athletic League is hosting a fundraiser to benefit its
football players and cheerleaders on Friday, October 12. Steak or rib
plates will be available at Harbeson Field from 10 am - 3 pm. Plates will
include either steak or ribs, as well as beans and coleslaw for $8.
Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more. Please call 830-9259 to
place an order, or for more information.
The FSU Seminoles will host Boston College on Saturday, October 13th.
Pre-game at 2:30 pm. Kick-off at 4:30 pm. Go Noles!
DGE Pro Baseball World Series Games on Saturday and Sunday, October 13th
and 14th at Douglass Crossroads Park. The fun starts at 1 pm with Baseball
Games all day!
Homecoming at Walton High School will be on Friday, October 19. The
activities that day will include a homecoming parade through downtown
DeFuniak Springs. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should
call Beth Yates at 892-1271, ext. 4488. The deadline for signing up to be
in the parade is Monday, Oct. 15. The Walton Braves will take on the
Marianna Bulldogs. The evening's activities at Yates Memorial Stadium will
begin at 6:15 with the presentation of the class floats. The homecoming
court will be presented at 6:30, and kick-off for the homecoming football
game will be at 7 pm.
The Rotary Club of DeFuniak Springs is holding a Night Golf Tournament on
Friday, October 26th at the DeFuniak Springs Country Club. Come play golf
in the moonlight using lit golf balls and specially marked greens.
Registration begins at 5:30 pm. Shotgun start at dark. BBQ Pork will be
served from 6-7 pm. The entry fee is $45 per person and includes 3
mulligan, string, cart, green fees, and meal. For more information or to
register, contact Robert Harrington at 801-498-0029.
Join us on Wednesdays for the Jimbo Fisher Show from 6-7 pm right here on
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Mr. John Arsenault age 73, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida passed away October
8. There will be no formal services held at this time. You may go online
to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at
www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the
Mr. Darwin Dunlap, age 74, of Miramar Beach, passed away September 21.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 21, 2012 at
Destin Elk Lodge #2688 at 115 Palmetto Drive Destin, Florida 32540. In lieu
of flowers donations may be sent to Dawin O Dunlap-Local Charity, c/o
Destin Elk Lodge #2688, P.O. Box 1009, Destin, Florida 32540. You may go
online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at
www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the
Ewell Lee Tadlock went to be with the Lord on October 4th. Rev. Michael
Tadlock will officiate a private farewell ceremony at New Hope Cemetery
near Bonifay on Friday, October 7th.
Velma Brackins Messer, age 65, passed away Tuesday, October 2. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 1pm at the Community Holiness
Church in DeFuniak Springs. Visitation will be Saturday, October 20 from
11am to 1pm at the Community Holiness Church. Her ashes will be interned at
the Brackins Family plot in Alaqua Cemetery. Faith Chapel Funeral Home is
in charge of the arrangements.
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