The Citrus County School Board held both a regular and an organizational meeting Tuesday, choosing a new chairman and vice chairman during the latter. Doug Dodd was elected chairman, with Thomas Kennedy elected to the vice chairman position.
During the regular meeting, the board:
Formally accepted more than $39,000 worth of donations from local residents, businesses, organizations, and fundraising efforts for a variety of purposes, including a $3,285 parent donation to Crystal River Middle School for new football equipment and a $30,000 donation to Inverness Middle School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes club from the U.S. Family Foundation Inc.
Recognized Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS) members and Citrus teachers and staff from Inverness Middle School who won the second annual Don’t ROCC the Boat School Scrimmage during the Cooter Festival.
Approved a $44,100 grant from the Florida Department of Education for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth program.
Discussed the district’s bullying policy in the Student Code of Conduct. Board member Sandy Counts raised the subject, saying that “it sounds like our code of conduct needs to be more specific.” The board’s attorney, Wes Bradshaw, clarified that some situations that may be broadly described as bullying — such as fights or physical altercations — don’t fit the code’s definition of bullying if they are not part of a pattern of repeated conduct, but said that actions such as fighting are punishable under other sections of the code.