Adult and community education students and staff will be able to remain in the Flagler Technical Institute building until the end of the academic year.
The Flagler County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to close an air shaft that is a fire hazard, a $4,180 modification that will let the building remain occupied for more than the 90 days the district had been considering without it.
The board also voted to close the building’s third floor because it has only one staircase that can be used to escape a fire, and schools are required to have two.
School Board Chairman Andy Dance and Board Member Trevor Tucker voted against closing the third floor. Institute staff members have 30 days to move classes elsewhere before the closure takes effect.
Board approves application for technology grant
The Flagler County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve technology director Ryan Deising’s request to submit an application for a $490,397 state Department of Education grant for technology in rural school districts.
The money is already set aside for individual districts, Deising said, and the grant is not competitive. It will be used to fund internet access points and to buy additional bandwidth for schools.
Flagler was one of 36 districts to qualify, and it would receive the largest chunk of the roughly $6 million fund.
“The Department of Education has really come back and said every classroom really needs to have an access point,” Deising said. “It will fund about 1,000 access points within the district.”
Chairman and vice chairwoman keep their seats
Andy Dance was reelected to a second term as chairman of the School Board in a unanimous vote, and Colleen Conklin was unanimously reelected vice chairwoman.
The board’s custom is to elect members for two terms in a row.