News Cast 5/5

News Cast for May 5th:

Chandler back on city council

Noel Chandler won the special city election.

Turnout was sparse as under 12 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

Chandler had 132 votes about half, 67 from absentee.

Beth Lehman had 89, Lisa Feltenberger 76 and David McAuley 71 votes.

Chandler said one of his main goals is continuing fiscal stability for the city.

He voiced disappointment in the turnout stating that more people need to be interested in what is going on in the future due to the expected growth that will impact our way of life.

Chandler will be sworn in on June 1st.

City Council plans to honor councilmember Wes Abney on May 18 at 6 pm.

Schools select new online education program

Okeechobee schools expect demand for online learning to continue after the pandemic.

The school board approved a contract with the Florida virtual school to provide instruction in the fall.

540 students are taking strictly online classes this semester.

Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said the Florida virtual school is a great partner for the district.

The district continues to receive federal stimulus dollars.  So far they received $9.9 million.

They expect about that same amount from the latest round of stimulus dollars.