BONIFAY Holmes District School Board member Shirley Owens was applauded for earning the distinction of Certified Board Member with the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) in the June 16 regular meeting.


BONIFAY Holmes District School Board member Shirley Owens was applauded for earning the distinction of Certified Board Member with the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) in the June 16 regular meeting.



Owens was recognized at FSBAs Annual Summer Conference in Tampa last week. She is one of 96 active school board members only 27 percent of board members hold this title to earn the distinction by completing a minimum of 96 hours of training focused on governance and responsibilities of school board members.



The program is comprised of training modules designed to develop individual members as leaders and advocates in school policy.



I appreciate the opportunity to be able to go take this training, said Owens. I know some have full time jobs and are not able to go and I just feel very fortunate Im there and can pick up on some things that may enhance our learning opportunities here in Holmes County.



Owens is also on the FSBA Board of Directors representing the collective interests of Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Walton and Okaloosa Counties.



She said in an interview she soaked up all the training she could when she was a teacher and found the learning opportunities just as valuable as a school board member.



The board approved the following actions in the meeting:



         Enter a contract with Jack Marell for the sum of $900 per month to be the Certified Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and Certified Potable Water Systems Operator for Bethlehem and Poplar Springs Schools to monitor water and wastewater



         Extend contract for another year with Clint D. Walker to pump grease traps for $150 for each pump and $105 per ton tipping fee



         Accept bid to continue annual fire extinguisher service contract with Star Fire Extinguisher



         Continue participation with Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) and its supportive services to the district