In February, Bay County School Board members will return to the boardroom to decide the fate of several school campuses. In the meantime, they're listening to pleas from the public at a series of workshops. They say they hope information provided by some of the affected people will help them make that decision.
Board member Pat Sabiston says each of the workshops has a slightly different focus.
"When we were at Millville we were talking about the CRA of Millville. When we were last night at Haney we had a lot of business partners there who were talking about the importance of career technology. So each group has their own reason. I'm sure when we get to MKL we're going to be talking about physical plant, because those children have been in a two story building for too long, for over twenty-five years actually. And it is time, past time, for them to be in a different facility," said Pat Sabiston, bay co. School board member.
When the board comes back for its final vote on February 18th plan could be altered, but board member Ryan Neves say he doesn't think there will be any drastic changes.
"I’m probably pretty ok in saying we're not going to see anything that's just completely different. But they're could be modifications based on some of the ideas and suggestions we've gotten from different people in the community," said Ryan Neves, Bay Co. School board member.
Both members say the vote will be tough, but it's a decision they'll have to make to save jobs.
"Anytime you're dealing with somebody's child and somebody's school and somebody's heritage it's going to be emotional, but people are seeing and understanding that this school board is in it for the children," said Neves.
Thursday at 5:30 p.m. the board will visit Margaret K. Lewis School.
February 5 at 5:30 p.m. they'll visit west bay elementary. February 9 at 5:30 p.m. they'll visit A.D Harris High School. February 12 at 5:30 p.m. they'll visit Rosenwald Middle School.