Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY Florida (WMBB) – The Bay County Chamber of Commerce wants to open conversations about hiring a principal instead of electing one, and they’ve succeeded.
But there’s also a lot of confusion about why it’s a problem and how it would work. It all started with a new study from the US Air Force.
As of 2018, the U.S. Air Force ranks its bases based on community attributes. the FAS MRR Military Family Support ranks Air Force bases around the world. The latest ranking has Tyndall AFB at number 156 of 157 total bases. One of the most important factors is the public education system.
Bay District schools rank in the bottom third.
“There is great empirical data on how Bay County and the surrounding areas of Tyndall are doing and it’s not a pretty picture,” said Bay County Chamber Military Affairs Chairman Chris Moore.
Areas of concern are student learning rates, suspension rates and chronic absenteeism rates. Tyndall released this statement which says, in part, that Airmen reported this data to understand opportunities for their families, to enable sustained careers in service, or to separate from the military. Below is the full statement.
“Airmen reported that educational opportunities for their children and their spouse’s ability Airmen reported that educational opportunities for their children and their spouse’s ability to pursue careers influence their decisions for continued service – whether continuing their military careers or separating.To address these concerns and the associated retention effects they have, the Air Force Department has worked with policy professionals and subject matter experts to develop quantitative criteria and analytical frameworks to assess state support for military families with a focus on licensing portability and pre-K-12 public education This information is compiled in the annual report Support for military families Evaluation”
SCOTT D. JOHNSON, GS-11, DAFC, Chief, Media Operations, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Tyndall AFB, FL
Moore and his team are studying how to improve those numbers, and hiring a superintendent has become one of the talking points.
“It’s interesting that it’s coming back,” Superintendent Bill Husfelt said. “He came before elected vs appointed. Citizens, I don’t think you want to give up the right to elect a superintendent.
If they did, it would be up to school board members to interview applicants and then hire a superintendent.
The last vote was in 1992. Over 27,000 residents voted no for an appointed superintendent.
“The chartered government, the superintendent were all there,” Elections Supervisor Mark Andersen said. “One was close, the other not so close. But again, it’s the voters who make those decisions.
If school board members believe that voters should decide whether they want to continue to elect their superintendent or allow them to hire one, there is a specific process.
“The school board members themselves should act on it, and then it will go to the county commission,” Andersen said. “They would make sure we had access to election material whether or not they wanted to put it on in a special election. All of this takes time. »
“We watch what is happening around us,” Husfelt said. “And do education and research about it. I think people would be surprised to learn that an appointed superintendent doesn’t stay very long.
The Bay County chamber takes no position on the matter. Chamber leaders said they just wanted to get the discussion started.
The first opportunity to get the superintendent’s question on a scheduled ballot would be the 2022 primary in August. A special election could be held sooner, but would cost the school district about $500,000.
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