BONIFAY — The Holmes County District School Board approved $74,000 for the lighting of Poplar Springs High School’s ball field during the school board’s Oct. 15 meeting.
“There will be five concrete light poles installed with half of the work being done by ourselves,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon. “They are the only athletic field left in Holmes County that doesn’t have lights.”
Board approved of K12 Florida Online Service Agreement and approved of Edgenuity Online Service Agreement with a vote of 4 to 1, with School Board member Debbie Kolmetz voting “no.”
“Our school board doesn't need to be involved in the Edgenuity online school when we already have K12 and Florida Virtural School in place that is doing a great job,” Kolmetz said.
Kolmetz inquired about the online program and about the results.
“It’s video courses taken by students kindergarten through twelfth grade,” said Dixon. “Some take it during school, some after school and some home-schoolers come and take courses. It’s small now, but we’re hoping it will grow in the future.”
Kolmetz made a motion that audio recordings of the Holmes County District School Board meetings be made available to listen to online, which died due to lack of second.
Kolmetz also made a motion that the certification of recommended personnel be added to the list of recommended personnel before votes, which also died due to lack of second.
“I just want to know who we’re voting for,” said Kolmetz.
“I made the motion that all personnel recommendations on our agenda will show the person's qualifications, such as experience, degrees, and/or certifications, so that we as board members will know more about who we are voting for,” Kolmetz said.
Chairman Rusty Williams commended Dixon on receiving his certification as superintendent of Holmes County Schools.
“We commend him on expanding his education, becoming certified and strengthening not only the board but the county as a whole,” said Williams. “I’d also like to say I stopped by Ponce de Leon High School and I must say that the students are very enthusiastic. Their new agricultural teacher is outstanding with a great passion for his field and he’s got his students excited about working hard with agriculture.”
School Board Member Shirley Owens gave a quick thanks to those parents who are involved in their children’s school activities and studies.
The board approved of Ponce de Leon High School’s Future Business Leaders of America attending the FBLA State Fall Conference on Nov. 1 through Nov. 3 in Sarasota.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Holmes County District School Board is set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 5.