Gadsden County School Board to Vote on Reconfiguration Tuesday

Gadsden County Superintendent Reverses Consolidation Recommendation
Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 10:26:00-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The Gadsden County School Board will consider re-configuring the district -- after the superintendent initially said he wouldn't bring it up that discussion until next year.

Two weeks ago, superintendent Roger Milton made the announcement in a school board workshop.

"There will be no recommendation coming from the superintendent as far as reconfiguration of any schools within Gadsden County for the '17-'18 school year," Milton said.

At Tuesday's school board meeting, Milton announced his intent to change and recommend a vote at the next meeting.

Milton was out of town Wednesday but spoke to WTXL over the phone.

"If we don't make the decision now, then we will not have time to be able to make any adjustments to the scenario for '17-'18, and this just kind of lingers -- and then, who knows what happens down the road?" he said. 

The change is welcome news to Ronte Harris, who leads the county's teachers' union as president.

"Doing nothing was not an option. We didn't want to put it off any longer," Harris said. "We were pleased that the superintendent went ahead and put it on the agenda for next week."

Others remain opposed to the proposal. A Facebook group is asking parents to contact the school board about this recent development. But Harris says it's time to get behind it.

"The quality of education of our children is far more important than an additional 20 minutes on a bus or to say that students won't get along," Harris asserted. 

As for the proposal, Milton won't specify any changes.

"It will contain nothing that has not been discussed or has not been talked about over the past couple of weeks," said Milton.

The superintendent will present his plan for recommendation to the board Thursday. Once the board receives it, it will be included in the agenda of the next school board meeting. And once we get the plans, we'll break them down to see how different it is from the original proposal. 

The school board will meet Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at the District HQ in Quincy. The Gadsden County Classroom Teachers' Association says it will be there to encourage the board to approve the proposal.