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Children's Service Council continues steps towards formation

Posted at 6:25 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 18:25:17-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After three years, the Leon County Children Services Council could be one step closer to being formed.

CSC's goal is to help give children in the community achieve success in and out of the classroom.

"From my perspective, having a broad pool of applicants is a good thing, and I know the Leon commission will go and make good decisions," said Jon Moyle, a Tallahassee lawyer.

Moyle is the president of Our Kids First, one of the groups spearheading the move to bring a Children Service's Council to Leon County.

Part of the approval process is to accept applications for five members.

"We're looking for demographics that reflect the rest of the county," said Rick Minor, a county commissioner. "We want a diverse group of people representing the CSC."

The only rules for applying are you must have lived in Leon County for two years, and you must be willing to submit a financial disclosure form.

The five members will join with the Leon County Schools superintendent, DCF, a school board member, a judge, and a county commissioner to make up the council.

"We want to help these kids live up to their full potential," Minor said. "We can't wait to get this process started."

Moyle says after first coming up with the idea in 2017, it has been a long time coming.

"It has sent a really positive message on the value we place on our community and our children, and we can do better by our children," Moyle said. "I'm pleased we now have the opportunity to do so."

If the commission approves this step, the next day, applications will be made available on the county website.

After picking fifteen people from the list, it's off to the governor's desk for approval.