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Educational Leaders Summit

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Presidents from FAMU, FSU, and TCC joined forces today with the Leon County School Superintendent Friday for a discussion on how to deal with deep budget cuts in the near future.

With Governor Rick Scott's budget proposal looming, the school presidents put their heads together and came up with things they can work on as a team as they prepare for the biggest fight of their educational careers and the potential loss of $3 billion dollars in education funding.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons said, "We're going to do what we have to do during these difficult times to remain strong."

As educational leaders walked into the room to meet Friday, everyone talked about Rick Scott's budget plan. The plan that will be looming over them in the upcoming weeks during the legislative session.

Eric Barron Ph.D., President of FSU, said. "Those people that are deeply involved in the educational system want to work together to see if we can mitigate what are really tough budget times."

The leaders spoke about mentoring programs and the relationship between the colleges, and K-12 schools.

"They assist the community whether it's education, health initiatives, social, whatever the initiatives are these institutions have always been a part of this community," said FAMU President James Ammons.

Pons added, "And I think it shows today where President Ammons, President Barron, President Murdaugh where that is. They're not only concerned about education at the college level, but they're concerned about what happens to the Leon County School System."

They also spoke about sustainability, ways they can save money, and sharing land to cut down on costs and utilizing their resources.

TCC President Jim Murdaugh said, "There is a real spirit of cooperation among higher education in this community, and the community ought to be very proud of that."

Superintendent Pons is putting together a task force that all of the Presidents agreed to participate in. They will keep up with issues such as energy, sharing land, and other topics they talked about to make sure they are moving forward together as a cohesive unit for education in Leon County.


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