Leon County School Board Meets with County and City Commissioners

During the meeting, 13 agenda items were discussed that affect not only the boards, but our children. It may be hard to believe, but these three groups have never met before in this capacity. Superintendent Bill Montford says thanks to a new Florida statute, it will become a regular occurrence.

With all that was discussed, everyone who was there says that's a very good idea. At the first joint meeting between the Leon County School Board, the City of Tallahassee and the Leon County Commission, there was a list of issues on the agenda affecting not just kids, but entire communities.

Bill Montford, Superintendent of Leon County Schools, says, "It's a good thing for the community when the leadership sits down and jointly works together."

A hot topic: what's going to happen in Southside with Bond and Wesson Elementary Schools?

Bill Proctor of the Leon County Commission says, "The future of Bond School and its location is very important to the community. The School Board came to the community with the idea of combining the schools."

Commissioner Proctor says the word he's hearing from the Southside community is there's more of a need for a new high school, not one for an elementary school, but the School Board say their independent research discovered otherwise.

Fred Varn of the Leon County School Board says, "When they evaluated all the schools they did not say they wanted a new Rickards, in fact they said they wanted a new Southside elementary school."

There are also some questions as to what to do with the remaining empty elementary school building once a new one is completed.

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks says, "We certainly would like to take a look at the elementary building for the possible use of a community center for the community as a whole."

Commissioner Proctor is asking for a deadline so this project can get moving, security at schools, sidewalks and bicycle lanes for kids to get to schools.