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Wakulla Co. parents call for school district transparency

Wakulla Co. parents speak out
Wakulla Co. parents speak out
Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 18:19:13-04

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - Some Wakulla County parents are speaking out after they say the school district continues to keep them in the dark about decisions involving who's supervising their children.

The Wakulla County School Board met Monday night but left off the table was a growing concern among parents.

"Multiple children have been victimized by multiple people over the course of years," said Joy Mitchell, a Wakulla County parent.

Several parents tell WTXL they're uncomfortable with one volunteer coach at the high school being around their kids.

Public records show Chris Tomaini was denied a teaching certificate in 2006 and lied on his application.

Tomaini had run-ins with the law before his recent coaching stint. He resigned from Chiles High School three years ago in light of allegations he sent inappropriate texts to a 17-year-old student.

But despite this history, the district stood by bringing him on board.

"[He] passed our Level 2 clearance test, which is the fingerprint through the FBI," said Jim Griner with the district's Office of Safety and Risk Management. "He passed that to be a volunteer. Volunteer, not an employee."

While parents say they're frustrated by the school board's decision to keep the coach at the high school, they say it's the latest in a series of questionable decisions by the district.

"It highlights that our school administrators, they are unable to provide leadership," said Diana Mitchell, another Wakulla County parent. "They are unable to adhere to policies that are designed to protect the safety of our kids in school."

"If something happens to my child or affects my child in the school system, I have a right to know," Joy Mitchell asserted.

"I feel like the community as a whole wants answers, and we're not getting them, and I feel like we deserve them. We're taxpayers," said Ashton Tyer , another Wakulla County parent. "Our kids go to school here."