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Teacher supports Alachua County superintendent reorganization plan

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:24 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Alachua County School Board had two meetings to hear and address public comments about topics, including the superintendent’s reorganization plan on Tuesday. All residents who spoke or called in were in favor of it and no one spoke on behalf of outgoing Glen Springs principal Deanna Feagin.

Newly appointed superintendent Carlee Simon presented a reorganization plan that she said will benefit students and assist her in her role.

“What I believe I need as far as having the right positions in place in order to move forward with what I believe is the district division as well as aligning with federal requirements associated with ESSER funding,” Simon said.

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Her plan involved adding and taking away some administrative positions.

With those new positions, people who already work the district will still have to interview for positions.

She said she is now focused on using the expected $100 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal grant funding to provide students and faculty with mental health resources, academic resources for students affected by the cord-19 pandemic and promote equity in schools.

“I see this ESSER funding as seed money to build sustainable systems and so we have this money for a short period of time to do the big heavy work,” Simon said.

A petition with more than 1,300 signatures is calling for a vote of no confidence in Simon citing concerns of lack of trust and communication, but no one showed at the second meeting.

“There were decisions about non renewing certain administrators,” Simon said. “I believe some citizens weren’t happy about that.”

While some parents are concerned about the reorganization process, Buchholz High School teacher, Armando Grundy-Gomes said he’s hopeful that plan will benefit the district in the long run.

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“The superintendent deserves to have a team she can work with, she can trust and it’s no different than anybody else,” Grundy-Gomes said. “It’s imperative that the superintendent begins to be more communicative, continues to be more transparent which she’s working on and doing a great job and we continue to support her in that mission.”

The school board’s next meeting will be held on June 15, to discuss concerns further.

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