Residents: We're still waiting for answers


Resident Veronica Williams returned with a list of unanswered questions provided by her and several other residents during the previous meeting.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 03:55 PM.

BONIFAY - Some residents were back in front of the Holmes County School Board when they met in regular session last week seeking answers they say they still have not received.

Resident Veronica Williams spoke, stating she and several others addressed the board during the June 17 meeting and asked specific questions, to which they have not yet received answers, including if certification of administration a concern of the school board, alleging Superintendent of Schools Eddie Dixon falsified records concerning his years of being principal at Holmes County High School.

Williams also Dixon strategically posted jobs to ensure "who he wanted was hired" and that teachers were posting comments on social media sites indicating job decisions before they are voted on.

She also demanded to know how was Edgenuity software was chosen as the delivery method for online students in the county, as opposed to using Florida Virtual School, pointing out Dixon's former boss, Janis Williams, was the sales representative for Edgenuity. Williams then requested the school board provide an assessment of the Edgenuity program in writing concerning the procedure, validity, and performance of the students using the software, stating she also stating she was concerned with the estimated amount it would take to get all the documentation related to the questions provided, which was estimated to be $4,200.

Dixon responded by assuring Williams his actions were transparent

"Me, as a superintendent, and us, as a board, our first concern is what is right for our children," said Dixon. "The choices I make every day affect children and I take those decisions to heart. I will continue to work for the betterment of the children."

In other action, board members approved opening a position for a Spanish teacher, whose time will be split equally between  Ponce de Leon High School, Bethlehem High School, and Poplar Springs High School. The motion carried with a vote of three to one, with Board member Debbie Kolmetz voting "no" and board member Jason Motley being absent.

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