Bay District School Issues

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

Recent school shootings and lockdowns have at least one board member concerned about the possibility of the same thing happening in Bay County.

Jon McFatter told the board today he wants the district to be proactive and not reactive to a possible problem. McFatter wants cutting edge information to ensure absolute safety for students.

Safety Manager Mike Jones will present the board with information at a special workshop. The date for the workshop hasn't yet been set, so for now, schools will operate with what they know.

"All of our schools have a plan in place, and it's on an individual basis because each school has its needs regarding its safety plans, but I'm more concerned that we provide them with, from a district perspective, all the information needed to make sure that our kids are as safe as possible."

Also today, board members approved a list of priorities that will replace portable classrooms with pre-fab constructions. This is a step toward making sure all bay district schools meet the class size reduction.

Superintendent James MacCallister and Facility Director Wayne Elmore will now go forward with budgeting this.

A lot of people were upset about the newly built Bay Haven Charter Academy being a high priority for new construction since it is a new facility. Bay Haven, like many other schools, has to comply with the new class size amendment by 2010. Bay Haven will need six new classrooms total, but only two by next august.

And some middle schoolers are now looking at a brighter future. Thirty-four students received a medal of education today by being inducted into the Bay Education Foundation take stock in children mentoring and scholarship program.

Students were given nearly $350,000 in scholarships, which basically funds each student’s four years of college.

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