News Cast 6/29

News Cast for June 29th:

Over 360 school board members, superintendents and education leaders attended the FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference for three days of leadership development, networking and training.

The theme of the conference, Centered on Students, featured AJ Crabill as the keynote speaker. Mr, Crabill’s presentation was guided by the idea that student outcomes do not change until adult behaviors change.

In addition to the keynote speaker presentation, legislation session review, and breakout sessions, the associations also conducted annual business meetings. Melisa Jahner, Chairperson of the Okeechobee County School Board, attended the event and the following breakout sessions: The Fight For Educational Talent, Using Your Compass to Navigate the Instructional Materials Storm, and Improving Student Outcomes: The Board’s Influence on Culture and Climate.

Okeechobee City Council recently approved a contract extension with city administrator Gary Ritter. Ritter will be paid $93,000 per year with annual increases equal to those given to other employees.

(Gary Ritter reaction to contract renewal)
(Gary Ritter praised staff for the work they do)

Highlands County has about $864,000 in federal stimulus available to spend. They are also looking at new costs for an emergency operations center and a hurricane shelter at the Ag Civic Center.

Commissioner Arlene Tuck urged restraint on spending.

(Tuck says they should not spend these stimulus dollars)
(Tuck says the country’s economy is in a sad state and the future is uncertain)

The original amount from the federal government was ten point three million dollars.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy held a virtual discussion with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation about inflation. The subject was the hardships of our small businesses are facing due to rising costs.

Congresswoman Maria Salazar took part and was very critical of the Biden administration.

(Congressman Maria Salazar says the Biden administration is killing the American dream)

Small businesses owners from all over the state participated.

(South Florida businesswoman Suzie Battle says her ice cream shop has been hurt by inflation)

On the arrest report:

Antyon Demar Cokley was arrested and charged with Child Abuse – Intentional Act. His bond was set at $5000

Matthew Isaiah Macias was arrested and charged with 2 counts of drug possession including methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia along with one count of driving while license is suspended with knowledge. Bond is set at $6500