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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.

District launches ‘behavior’ classes

A new curriculum that advocates say has helped reduce absenteeism and teen pregnancy while boosting graduation rates in school districts nationwide could be in Baker County High School classrooms next month.
The consistent theme throughout the curriculum is simple: Good choices lead to good consequences; bad choices lead to risky behavior, which leads to bad consequences.
The school board received a one-hour presentation on the program, which consists of three components targeting students in ninth through 12th grades, during a board meeting on the afternoon of September 1 prior to the regular bi-monthly board meeting. Read More »

Barged into home and abducted baby

A Macclenny man was arrested the early morning of September 7 for abduction of a child and burglary after he forced his way into the residence of the mother of his child and took the sleeping 2-year-old boy.
Deputy Christopher Clutter responded to W. 8th Avenue and met with Kayla Flynt, who said her child’s father Jay Blanchard Jr., 24, had come to the residence about five minutes before the officer’s arrival. She said Mr. Blanchard forced the locked front door open and then went into the child’s bedroom before leaving with him. Read More »

Entries sought for vets parade

The Baker County Veterans Appreciation Committee is looking for parade participants for November 15.
If you have a veteran you would like to honor by having them ride in the parade, or would like to have a military-themed float, please contact Scott Crews at 259-0978 for a registration form.
Let’s make this a fitting event to honor our veterans.

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