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News Segment 1
Walton School Board member Mark Davis says he takes great exception to an
audit criticism about the district not creating a system. Davis said that
would be against the law due to collective bargaining. The Board approved
the personnel recommendations and an evaluation system for administrators.
The RTT is much like the appraisal system the teachers have. The vote
passed because the state requires it, but the Board said they do not like
State Representative Marti Coley said they sat down and looked at school
districts that have maintained an A grade for several years. She told the
Board she wanted to acknowledge the districts that have maintained the
grade. She presented the Board with a plaque recognising them, the
superintendent, the employees and others for their work and leadership.
Anderson thanked Coley for her recognising what they do. She also thanked
her for working with small school districts.
Michelle Daughette gave an update on the energy savings program. She said
the summer shutdown presented an opportunity. The district had $176,000 in
cost avoidance, the difference in what they would have normally spent if no
changes were made. The expected energy costs were over $2.1 million, but
the they spent $1.5 million, for a savings of $620,833. Daughette also
showed how the savings reduce the district’s carbon footprint and saved
17.2 million kilowatt hours. She said this is money being saved.
The district has to develop a five year work plan, a plan for new
construction, maintenance and repairs to meet the needs of the student
population. Tom Blackshear noted the program does not consider Pre-K and
these schools would actually be more crowded than indicated. He said
projections do not indicate big gains, but they are not in decline this
year. They will also be looking at a five year plant need, a look at the
details of the actual physical building needs.
Mark Gardner gave an update on school facilities. He showed work from
Paxton, through DeFuniak Springs and Freeport to south of the bay. Some
projects include playground updates, fixing leaks on roofs, landscaping,
drainage issues repaired, bleachers added, computer classrooms added, a
mini gym and security fencing.
Professional development became a discussion as the state is changing how
it is done. The Board expressed concern with professional development being
required one way now and then changing later. There was also discussions
about the amount of training required; local, district and state. Some of
the changes are due to the state tieing into the national standards. Staff
talked about common core standards being required and replacing the
standards. The district has to submit a plan showing that every teacher has
to have common core training, even if they have had training in the past.
Faye Leddon asked for the public’s help. Through the Walton Education
Foundation, she has taken the task of the clothes closet. Leddon said they
are in need of clean, gently used or new clothes. With the cooler weather,
they especially need jeans, heavier shirts and other clothes. Sharon
Roberts noted the DBPA’s Halloween Happening from 6 to 8pm on the 31st and
their pumpkin people contest. Mark Davis said he has been hearing more
News Segment 2
HC Burglaries Solved
Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reports three major burglaries were recently
solved. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from
homeowners on Gillman Road in Westville who returned home and discovered
the back door ajar. Upon further inspection it became obvious that several
items had been taken, including a Florida Wildlife Officer’s badges and
jewelry. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrived and began
Information was obtained indicating a Ponce de Leon man, 30-year-old Jason
Lee Roberts, had been in possession of at least one of the officer’s
badges. Investigators recovered several other items belonging to the
homeowners from the residence of Jason Roberts.
A female suspect, Starla Lacosta Cooper, was located in the Walton County
Jail where she was being held on unrelated charges. Cooper was interviewed
and more information related to the burglary was obtained. Roberts was
arrested and held in the Holmes County Jail on a bond of twenty thousand
dollars. Cooper is being incarcerated in the Walton County Jail and has a
hold from Holmes County for the charges of burglary and grand theft.
News Segment 3 <http://www.co.walton.fl.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=4269>
WC BCC Meeting
The carbon footprint to check out the shoreline is to a point that it is
more than the recovery. This deals with going out to check out the beach
due to suspicions from the oil spill. The Coast Guard gave an update on the
shoreline segments in Walton County. The commissioners were told this does
not mean they will not collect, only that they will respond differently
depending on what the problem is. The inspection rigor is called
unprecedented with trained responders doing a detailed inspection. LT.
Cmdr. Patrick Coleman with the USCG, said we are not better set for the
next oil spill disaster if the responsible party walks away.
The Commissioners approved joining with other counties to form the Gulf
Consortium. Commissioner Larry Jones said the county should move forward,
but there are issues Walton needs addressed. Commissioner Comander will
represent the Board and Commissioner Pridgen will serve as the alternate.
For the money that comes straight to the county, the commissioners approved
the structure of the Local RESTORE Council. They also considered a staff
position. Commissioner Cecilia Jones said the county needs to have quality
projects ready. Commissioners talked about the various pots of money and
the NRDA money that Walton could be getting. The commissioners said they
might need to consider what pot of money to put the most work into, saying
some might not be the best to push right now. The talk centered on making
sure Walton gets what it can. Attorney Clay Adkinson, who is representing
the county in a lawsuit, gave an update on the process and made suggestions
on what the commissioners might want to do in the future. He confirmed that
there is a light at the end of the tunnel. He also noted other oil spills
have seen a long term payoff time frame. The hope is the pots of money will
come quicker, though the commissioners agreed it will likely come over a
period of years. The next RESTORE meeting will be October 22 in Tallahassee.
Remember the story where the TDC is recommending adding three new parking
places on land the county already owns? The sites are at walton Dunes,
Santa Clara and Montego. This is existing right-of-way the county owns and
they will use existing funds from excess bed tax. There will be public
meetings as the development process starts.
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
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!
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.
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Mr. Homer Smith Jr., age 79, of DeFuniak Springs passed away Sunday,
October 7. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October
11, at Old Union Cemetery in Wray, Georgia. Floral arrangements are being
accepted. 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 arrangements.
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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