By PATRICK CASEY
The Walton County School Board met on Tuesday, June 3, in preparation for the end of the 2007-08 school year while already working on the start of the 2008-09 school year, which is only a little over two months away.
School board members approved an extra $56,000 for threshold and quality assurance inspection services for the new Walton High School project due to actual construction schedule and sequencing challenges causing the number of man-hours and site visits required to perform the requested inspections to exceed the actual previous estimated budget amounts. The project is seeing some delays in the project time line that could shift the finish of the school from March 2009 until the summer of 2009. The project is still on track to be completed in time for an opening for the 2009-2010 school year.
West DeFuniak Assistant Principal Darlene Paul was chosen to replace Principal Ronita Hinote. Hinote is leaving West DeFuniak to take over the new Mossy Head School that is slated to open in August.
Jerry Copeland, Carlene Anderson, Ben Holley, Jim McCall, Wayne Miller, Sonny Nolin, Marsha Pugh and Beth Tucker were named to the Collective Bargaining Team for the fiscal year of 2008-09.
Board members approved $12,694 to help charter schools Seaside and Walton Academy recoup a portion of money that the two lost when the tax rolls dropped from $17.6 billion to 17.4 billion during last year’s budget cycle.
Trip requests were approved for the Walton High School band to make a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta on June 11-12. Football camps were approved for 14 members of the Walton football team to attend the University of Central Florida camp on June 27-29 and nine members to travel to the Down and Dirty football camp at Stetson University on July 1-3. 23 members of the team will also attend the Troy University football camp on June 15-17. The Walton High School boys basketball team will attend basketball camp at Troy University on June 20-22 with the girls squad heading to Troy on June 27-29.
The board ratified yearly agreements with Walton Academy to provide transportation and food services for the facility, and with NAFI to provide educational services for students that are assigned to the Department of Juvenile Justice Residential Commitment Facility.
School board members voted to add Southeastern Construction, Inc., to the pre-qualification list of contractors that the district could do business with in the future.
The Walton County School Board will hold their next regular meeting on Tuesday, June 17, at 5 p.m., at the Tivoli Administrative Complex in DeFuniak Springs.