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Board Bites - March 28, 2023

From left to right: Carl Persis (SBM Dist-4), Jaime Haynes (SBM Dist-1 Chairman), Dr. Carmen Balgobin (Superintendent of Schools), Jessie Thompson (SBM Dist-3), Anita Burnette (SBM Dist-2 Vice Chairman) and Ruben Colón (SBM Dist-5)



Meeting was called to order at 4:30 pm by Chairman Jamie Haynes.

  • Chisholm Elementary recited the Pledge
  • Hinson Middle School performed the National Anthem


Pledge Anthem 3-07-23 Board Meeting 


Agenda Changes 

  • The superintendent recommends approval of the agenda with mentioned changes.

Superintendent's Announcements and Comments

National School Breakfast Week: March 6-10

National School Social Work Week: March 5-11

Administrative Appointments

Ms. Tiffany Fuller, Coordinator, Recruitment & Retention, Human Resources

Ms. Tiffany Fuller, Coordinator, Recruitment & Retention, Human Resources


Recognition of Staff – Exceptional Student Education

Mr. Dhone Pressley, Assistant Principal, Seabreeze High School

Mr. Dhone Pressley, Assistant Principal, Seabreeze High School

River Springs Middle School; Ms. Stacy Gotlib, Principal; Dr. Lisa Whiston, Educator and Coach; Ms. Shannon Waldrep; Paraprofessional and Assistant Coach; Kendell Halloway, student.

Recognition of River Springs Middle School

New Smyrna Beach High School; Ms. Sue Hopkins, Assistant Principal; Mr. Mark Tidman, Educator (not able to attend meeting); Sidney Auburn, student.

Recognition of New Smyrna Beach High School

Recognition of Staff – Maintenance & Operations

Recognition of Staff – Maintenance & Operations

Recognition of Staff – School Counselors

Recognized these School Counselors:  Lisette Nazario-Lamplugh, Highbanks Learning Center; Richard Scott, Deltona High School; Michele Brown, River Springs Middle School; Dr. Marie Bracciale, George Marks Elementary; Katy Barry, School Counselor Advocate: School, Community, and Family; Jennifer Dietz, School Counselor Advocate: School Based Administrator

Recognition of Staff – School Counselors

Recognition of Staff – Career & Technical Education

State Award Recipient: Amanda Ellis, Agriculture Teacher, New Smyrna Beach Middle (Teacher of the Year), Andrew Peck, Agriculture Teacher, DeLand High (Rookie Teacher of the Year)

District Teacher of The Year Nominees and Overall Winner; Margo Rivera-Conde, Law & Government Teacher, Atlantic High; Joseph Monaco, Culinary Teacher, DeLand High; Emmet Foxworth, Technology Education, DeLand Middle; Paul Reed, Game & Simulation, Mainland High; Patrick Hole, Agriculture Teacher, New Smyrna Beach High; Christina Marrero, Early Childhood Education, Pine Ridge High; Hayley Dougal, Finance Teacher, Spruce Creek High (Overall Winner); James Kohler, Building Construction & Electricity Teacher, Taylor Middle High; Shelli Walters, Criminal Justice, University High

State Award Recipients ⋅ Amanda Ellis, Agriculture Teacher, New Smyrna Beach Middle (Teacher of the Year)


Public Participation Concerning Items on the Agenda

Removal of Items from Consent Agenda / Approval of Consent Agenda

  • The superintendent recommends approval of all items in the consent agenda.

Items removed from Consent Agenda

  • None

Human Resource Update

Human Resource Update Presentation

Public Participation - 6:00 PM

Board Action Items

  • 18.01 - Authorization to Advertise Amendments to School Board Policy 202, "Establishment of Attendance Areas"

Public Participation

Items from the Board

  • SBM Haynes - spoke congratulating DeLand High School cheer team on their State Championship and suggested everyone disconnect this Spring Break and enjoy.
  • SBM Burnette - spoke regarding rezoning middle schools.
  • SBM Thompson - spoke regarding appreciation for public speakers and wishing everyone a happy Spring Break.
  • SBM Persis - spoke regarding appreciation for the great work that the videographers are doing and the process of how school counselors receive information about students needing assistance.

Next School Board Meetings

  • School Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room, DeLand Administrative Complex

Meeting Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Haynes at 7:57 p.m.


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