Colleen Conklin argues the current appeal process works. Also, FTI is now able to accept Pell Grants and other funding.
After lengthy discussion, the School Board voted Tuesday, Jan. 18, to table Policy 421 dealing with theatrical presentations.
Board member Colleen Conklin urged her fellow board members not to vote to adopt Policy 421, which was an action item on the night agenda, but to instead consider adding and adjusting language in two existing policies.
Conklin’s proposed fix included changing “materials” to “instructional materials” and defining “instructional materials” in both policies.
“Then you have an appeals process in place. Because the reality is, the appeals process worked,” Conklin said, referring to the recent appeal for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Instead of voting down the adoption of the new policy, board member Trevor Tucker motioned to table Policy 421 along with Conklin’s proposed changes to the existing policies.
FTI to accept Pell Grants
After a stumbling block back in September, Flagler Technical Institute was recently approved for Title IV, which will allow it to accept students with Pell Grants, Stafford Loans and other government funding.
In addition, the School Board gave the school permission to apply for a Florida Department of Education grant, “Building an Adult Education Career Pathways System for Transitioning to Postsecondary Education.”
If the school receives the $61,265 grant, the funds will provide for program design, curriculum, professional development and student support and assessment.
The goal of the program is to determine changes needed to increase the number of students who enter postsecondary education and earn a degree, certificate or industry credential.
Contact Shanna Fortier at [email protected].