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Notice of Closed Attorney - Client Session
NOTICE IS HEREBY given that a private closed Attorney-Client Session, in accordance with § 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, will be held at 4:40 pm or as soon as possible thereafter on September 26, 2017 at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Florida to discuss settlement negotiations and/or strategy related to litigation expenditures in the following pending litigation matter:
Thomas Amador vs. The School Board of Monroe County, Florida
District Court of Appeal, Third District of Florida
Case No. 3D14-0039
The following individuals will be in attendance: School Board Members Andy Griffiths, John Dick, Bobby Highsmith, Mindy Conn, and Ron Martin; Mark T. Porter, Superintendent of Schools; Attorneys Dirk Smits, Scott Black, and Ryan Abrams. 
A court reporter will be present to record the start and finish times and all comments made.  A copy of the transcript shall be made available at the conclusion of the above-referenced litigation. 
The session is estimated to last 30 minutes.  

Notice of Rescheduled Budget Hearing
The final hearing adopting a millage rate and budget on September 7, 2017 for the Monroe County School Board is being rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.  A rescheduled final budget hearing will be held on September 26, 2017, 5:05 PM at the District Administrative Complex, 241 Trumbo Road, 
Key West, FL 33040.
Meeting Notice - Workshop, Budget Hearing and Regular Meeting
A School Board Workshop, Budget Hearing to adopt the 2017-2018 Budget and a Regular School Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Florida.  The Workshop will begin at 3:00 pm, the Regular School Board Meeting is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:00 pm, and the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget Hearing is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:05 pm. A Public Hearing regarding the adoption of policies and/or job descriptions may be held. 

KEY WEST-Eaton Street (Day and Evening Classes)
Wednesday, September 27th

MARATHON-MHS (Day and Evening Classes)
Wednesday, September 27th

Monday, September 25th
***UPDATE 9/19/2017 Monroe County Schools to Reopen Monday, September 25th with Staggered Start Dates***

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter has made the decision to resume school on a staggered start basis.  This decision is based on the assessment of all schools, the continued improvement of necessary infrastructure and the readiness of various communities to support school reopening.
“The revised staggered start reopening of our schools is based on input from many sources and is supported by county and community leaders.  Reopening schools is a significant step toward returning to a sense of normalcy for all of our communities.  These expectations will be implemented with compassion and flexibility for students and employees,” stated Superintendent Porter.
The following schools will open on Monday, September 25th with employees requested to report on Thursday, September 21st:
Plantation Key School
Coral Shores High School
Key Largo School
Ocean Studies School
Treasure Village Montessori
All of the following schools in Key West and Marathon will open Wednesday, September 27th, with employees reporting Monday and Tuesday, the 25th and 26th:
Stanley Switlik Elementary School
Marathon Middle High School
Gerald Adams Elementary School
Horace O’Bryant School
Key West Collegiate Academy
Key West High School
May Sands Montessori Charter School
Poinciana Elementary School
Sigsbee Charter School
Schools in the area most impacted by the storm will open on Monday, October 2nd, with employees reporting on Thursday, September 28th:
Big Pine Academy
Sugarloaf School
Superintendent Mark Porter initially set a tentative date for all schools to start in Monday September 25th and made the change after consulting with district officials and feedback from the community.  Mr. Porter said he always intended to be flexible for the sake of students, families and employees of the Monroe County Schools.  This schedule is also subject to further revision based on necessary infrastructure improvement.
Transportation services will be restored as well, but will require flexibility and modification of prior routes and timing. In addition, any student who returns to Monroe County prior to the scheduled opening of their school of attendance, particularly Big Pine Academy and Sugarloaf School will be allowed to attend at an open Monroe County School.

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Teacher of the Year Samantha Hopper Wins State Award
Samantha Hopper speaks at Teacher's Roundtable
Florida Department of Education officials presented Key Largo School’s Samantha Hopper with the Mary J. Brogan ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award. Ms. Hopper has been an educator for seven years, teaching fourth grade at KLS.
The ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award goes to “extraordinary educators who instill passion, joy and love of learning in their students.” FLDOE officials reported, the award goes to a district teacher of the year who goes above and beyond the classroom experience.
Ms. Hopper said the time spent at the 2018 Teacher of the Year Roundtable promoted collaboration. “The roundtable allows for passionate teachers to collaborate with more passionate teachers from all over our great state. It is an opportunity to be inspired by others, ask questions, celebrate successes, and plan for our future students and future endeavors in education. It is an opportunity to learn from each other and start to think about how teacher leaders can have a positive impact on students beyond our own classrooms.” 
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