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Davis is new Keller principal

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Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson said Mr. Davis, formerly the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, approached her about filling the vacancy left by Jamie Johnson, who took the job last summer only to abruptly resign from it citing personal reasons in mid-September.

“He’s a good leader and has had success in the past at the middle school and the district level,” said the superintendent, who announced the news to Keller faculty and staff on September 29 to a round of applause.

She said the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction position will remain vacant and other district personnel will pick up those responsibilities as needed.

“We’ll just have to work overtime,” said Mrs. Raulerson, adding that it will be challenging, “but I felt like Keller needed him.”

The superintendent described Mr. Davis as someone who is well known and trusted by Keller’s faculty and that he leads by example.

Mr. Davis has been an assistant superintendent since 2010. Before that he served as the middle school’s principal for seven years and an assistant principal and dean at the school for the seven years prior.

He joined the district in 1987 as a teacher’s aide before becoming a middle school teacher two years later.

Mr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Florida A&M.

Participants sought for Miss BCMS

Applications are available and spots are limited for the 4th Annual Miss BCMS pageant. Applications are available in the BCMS front office during school hours and may be returned to Mandy Jones at the school along with the $50 registration fee. Deadline to register is September 26 or when the first 50 applications are turned in.
The pageant is open to all registered BCMS female students. Male escorts must also be registered BCMS students. There will be an overall winner and a princess chosen from each grade. There will also be a Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awarded.

Progress sluggish in non-instructional talks

DSC_0039Contract talks between the school district’s non-instructional employee union and the administration dragged on until nearly 11 pm  September 8 with still no resolution on a core of issues, most prominent among them greater inclusion of its ranks on the communication chain on student discipline matters. DSC_0045The parties will re-convene on September 18 for another go at it, and discussions on other matters like the procedure for lining up bus drivers for field trips, higher seniority steps for veteran employees, and equaling bonus pay to that of teachers who have already settled their contract. In photo above, the delegations at the bargaining table in the school board meeting room. At right, non-instructional union president Stephanie Wingard and Tracy Butler, the negotiator assigned by the regional office of the Florida Education Association based in Orange Park. The session later this month will be the fourth.

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