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November 14, 2023, Organization of the Board with Oath of Office & School Board Meeting
Title
Proposed Naming of Cocoa High School's Track
Meeting Date(s)
Consent Type
With Prior Information
Discussion

The School Advisory Committee at Cocoa High School voted on September 25, 2023, to request approval from the School Board to move forward with the process to gather community input into the proposal to dedicate Cocoa High School’s Track to James Folston.  On October 10, 2023, the School Board voted to allow the school to follow the administrative procedures in Board Policy 7250  - Commemoration of School Facilities, and collect community input into the request. 

In an effort to gather input from all stakeholders, a website was created allowing stakeholders to both submit comments and review all comments submitted.  Additionally, three community meetings were held to gather input.

Link to the Cocoa High School’s Proposed Naming of their Track:

https://sites.google.com/share.brevardschools.org/cocoahighschoolproposedtrackna/home

In an effort to gather input from all stakeholders, a website was created allowing stakeholders to both submit comments and review all comments submitted.  Additionally, three community meetings were held to gather input.  As of 10/13/23, there were 2 responses; all responses were in favor of the naming of the track for James Folston.  Ms. Stewart, Principal, sent the link to the webpage to community of 3 separate occasions soliciting input.  (Stakeholder Comments Link)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pfxjL9Dr7vEUDAo2Z66kQpWWRgojzoLANZ4lhJV8ii8/edit#gid=0

The three meetings were held on October 17, 2023, October 19, 2023 and October 25, 2023.  The first two meetings began at 6:00pm and the last meeting at 5:00pm.  All three meetings were listed on the website.   No one showed up at any of the meetings, however Mayor Mike Blake canvassed the community and found tons of support for this proposal as evidenced by the 17 pages of signatures provided.

Recommendation

Please review the information provided and please support the request to allow Cocoa High School to name their Track for Mr. James Folston. 

 

Good Cause: Cocoa High school would like to have the naming completed with ample time to brand the track with the name and allow for a celebration of the renaming prior to the start of track season in January.

Authority for Action
Board Policy 7250-Commemoration of School Facilities Section III
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No
Source of Funding

Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
                 
Legal Counsel Review
No
Contact
Lena Wiebelt, Director, Chief of Schools, (321) 633-1000, Ext. 11439 James B. Rehmer III, Chief of Schools, (321) 633-1000, Ext. 11300
Attachments
J FOLSTON SIGNATURES-11012023075706 for agenda.pdf
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