School Board Feb. 15 meeting recognizes elementary school student musicians

MUSIC STUDENTS HONORED: William (Bill) Eddins, Jr., Caitlyn Permenter, Jaelyn Hutchings, Lyla Coe, Amelia Harp, and Russell Hughes. Tammy Smith in the background.


The Walton County School Board (WCSB) held its regular meeting on Feb. 15, 2022, at the South Walton High School. Board member Kim Kirby was not present. 

The Florida Elementary Music Educators Association Chorus and Orff All-State Performers recognized three elementary students auditioned for All-State Chorus, Lyla Coe, Amelia Harp, (Dune Lakes Elementary), and Jaelyn Hutchings (Freeport Elementary). Caitlyn Permenter from West DeFuniak Elementary auditioned for All-State Orff. 

“They competed against hundreds of students from across the state of Florida and were selected by a panel of judges. The students rehearsed for with their music directors to memorize their performance pieces. At the Florida Music Educators Association Conference, they rehearsed for almost 10 hours with a professional musical clinician. On Jan. 13 and 14, the students performed their pieces in front of hundreds of guests. We are so proud of them!” – From

Jaime Mitchell, Coordinator of Virtual Programs, stated: “Orff instruments are those that contain removable bars, and project sound when hit with mallets. Examples include xylophones, glockenspiels, and marimbas. Some types of drums and recorders. These students and their peers will be performing for Walton County’s all county elementary chorus and Orff ensemble on Feb. 26 at Freeport High School. All are invited to attend.”

Per a Wikipedia note: “The Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach, is a developmental approach used in music education. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child’s world of play. It was developed by the German composer Carl Orff (1895–1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman during the 1920s.”

Included in the Consent Agenda was the approval of Freeport High School Criminal Justice Students to travel to Dothan, Alabama on March 4, 2022, for certification testing at the Prometric Testing Center. Also, for the South Walton High School Art Students to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 25, 2022, to tour the New Orleans Museum of Art. 

Approval was given for a temporary Right of Way Easement for CHELCO at the Freeport Elementary School. A permanent line will be buried later. 

Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne gave a report concerning the Let’s Talk program. It has been increasing in use and popularity. 

School Safety Specialist Charlie Morse gave his Covid-19 report. There is a definite decrease in the numbers, with only about 30 cases reported for the prior week.