Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Board Has Much to Consider; There Are 14 Topics on a Workshop Agenda, Including Ways to Save or Raise Money

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Board Has Much to Consider; There Are 14 Topics on a Workshop Agenda, Including Ways to Save or Raise Money

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Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY

The agenda alone is daunting.

The 14 discussion topics for the Clay County School Board's Monday workshop cover the gamut of its long-range planning, including 20-year facility needs and revenue estimates, the size of needed new schools and classrooms, and construction costs and techniques.

Other topics include potential fund-raising alternatives such as increased impact fees and proposed cost-cutters such as expanded use of portable classrooms, year-round schools, double sessions and block scheduling.

Anyone who plans to attend the 1 p.m. workshop should plan to hunker down for several hours.

"I'm hoping for an enlightening perspective of what we have before us," said Mike Elliott, assistant superintendent for support services. "I am going to get down and dirty."

Elliott prepared the agenda. But the potential cost-saving alternatives to be discussed came at the request of board member Wayne Bolla, who has complained that the school district had not sufficiently investigated those options before going after more funding.

He said he was pleased the ideas he suggested -- including year-round schools, double sessions and block scheduling -- will be up for discussion at the workshop. But he said he was not totally satisfied.

"I wanted six different workshops on all these topics, more in depth," Bolla said. "It's kind of going to be tough [to discuss all of them in one session]. But it's a start, something. It will generate questions.

"I'll take what I can get," he said. "It's a positive move."

Elliott said his goal is to educate board members as much as possible on all the topics and to prepare them for a June 21 joint session with the Clay County Commission.

"I'm hoping to set the stage, getting the School Board ready. …

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