Local superintendent heads to Tallahassee to discuss post-hurricane needs

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local superintendent traveled to Tallahassee to make his school district's voice heard.

Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools, spoke before the State Board of Education to address hurricane recovery needs Tuesday morning.

The district had requested academic waivers and financial relief following Hurricane Michael. Some of the requests include waiving state assessment requirements for third and twelfth graders and $2 million for mental health funding.

"If there's any clear differentiation in the outcomes of some of the stuff that you've requested, we'll certainly address it. We'll help you with the funding to the best that we can in working the halls of the legislature," Commissioner Richard Corcoran of the Florida Department of Education told Husfelt.

Bay District Schools is also requesting the state not to calculate the district or school grades, as they could create additional stress on students and teachers.