Board to revisit charter school terms

Gwen Bittner

For the Chronicle

School Board members will open a public hearing Tuesday to obtain input regarding requested changes to student terms at the Academy of Environmental Science.

Board members will hear citizen comments at 5:30 p.m. today, before gaveling action to approve or deny revisions to page 66 of the Student Progression Plan whose edits could allow seniors to spend their entire year at the charter school campus.

The potential amendment resulted from 15 student requests to remain at the campus. The school board discussed the plan amendments at a Nov. 22 meeting, announcing any requests to remain at the school for another term would need guidance counselor approval.

School board will also discuss:

* The board will recognize two 2016-2017 district volunteers naming them Outstanding School Volunteers of the Year. Cathleen McNally will be recognized for her services at LPS, and Dorothy Bauer will be acknowledged for her work at HES.

* Information will be presented to the board about hooking up the Marine Science Station (MSS) to the County Force Main central sewer. The MSS is the last remaining school board facility with an onsite waste water disposal system. Hookup to the county system and decommissioning of onsite equipment is anticipated to free up space for additional parking and other activities.

* The board will consider exchanging a 0.67 acre Crystal River land parcel with RMC 19 & 44 LLC. The exchange proposal was the result of an easement request for the LLC’s upcoming Wawa gas station construction. RMC has agreed to $50,000 to the School Board at closing.

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