Asbell sworn; grievance denied

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By Jenna McKenna

Levy County School Board replaced former district one board member Billy Morrison Tuesday with a new board member, Cameron Asbell. Morrison resigned in November. Asbell was sworn in before the meeting by Joseph Smith, County Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

Smith congratulated and thanked Asbell for his service, noting that “these are perilous times in Levy County.”

In other action, the board heard a grievance presented by Levy County Education Association representative Cindy Roach and Suwannee River Service Unit Director George Bowen of Florida Education Association. The grievance concerned Levy County Schools Superintendent Robert Hastings’ handling of a petition by the union to address a planning period use issue at Bronson Elementary School.

Roach said the union had received a complaint about a policy at BES that teachers’ contractually guaranteed planning time was being expended on weekly grade-level School Improvement Model meetings, in what she said was a violation of the terms of the contract. In the grade-level meetings, teachers of the same grade level meet and evaluate their classroom strategies and outcomes.

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