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Recycling is back + Destin High School getting close

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Recycling is back + Destin High School getting close
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A couple events this weekend
👉Women’s Expo: Browse over 40 vendors at the annual Women’s Expo at the Island on Okaloosa Island. The expo is the Emerald Coast’s premier event offering women a fun day filled with the best shopping, fashion, food and drink, entertainment, health, and beauty. It’s all happening this Saturday, October 26th from 11am-3pm with free admission. It’s all inside so even if it rains we’ve got you covered! Click here for more details.
🎃Kids Candy Hunt: The Gulf on Okaloosa Island is inviting kids of all ages out for some fun on Sunday, Oct 27.
From 12-2pm, enjoy Candy Hunt with a coloring station.
From 2-6pm there will be a fundraiser for PAWS called “Paws and Claws” featuring White Claw Seltzer. Guests will be able to make a donation to the charity and also will be able to rescue a pet the same day. The Gulf will donate a portion of their sales to the charity.
Also, at 3pm there will be a pet costume contest for guests that want to bring in their furry friends.
Recycling is back in Okaloosa
Last Tuesday, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners approved the agreement with ECUA. This agreement went to the ECUA board this past Tuesday, October 22nd.
They approved it unanimously.
According to Public Works Director Jason Autrey, ECUA was appreciative of Okaloosa County coming back and they look forward to having the County’s recyclable materials delivered to them again.
A few other notes:
  • The papers are being signed now and expect to get them back early November
  • Recycled material will go to ECUA for full processing.
  • Waste Management will hold onto recyclables and will be delivered to ECUA.
Autrey continued,
“They welcomed us back with open arms, which was quite pleasing. And I’m excited to see recycling, not only pick up where it left off, but maybe we can get a little better, a little bit better than what we were doing.”
Destin High School
The Okaloosa School District will vote Monday night to approve the contract for Destin High School.
The initial term of this charter between the School Board of Okaloosa County and Destin High School, Inc. is five years, with the first day being July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2025.
This agreement can be renewed after the period ends.
Destin High School will focus on providing specialized programs and career academies in areas such as:
  • Marine Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Construction (e.g., Carpentry; Electrical; HVAC; Masonry; Plumbing; Construction Technology) 
While DHS will be open to any student eligible to attend high school in the Okaloosa County School District, they anticipate the majority will come from the surrounding area, including students currently zoned for Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, and Choctawhatchee High Schools.
They also believe students currently attending South Walton High School in Walton County may choose to enroll in DHS through controlled open enrollment. 
To date, the board has raised nearly $40,000 in cash donations.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the OCSD Central Administrative Complex in Niceville.
Escambia County donates buses to Okaloosa
The Okaloosa County School Board needs money. Aside from money, the bus fleet is aging giving the district yet another need. While the fleet maintenance team does a great job at keeping those buses running, the fact is that many are really old with no seatbelts or air conditioning.
We have been getting buses from Escambia County as they continue to replace their buses. So what we have basically been doing is replacing our old-old buses with their old-er buses.
Escambia School Board recently agreed to donate 30 of their old buses to Okaloosa County. This is the second time that Escambia has donated buses.
With the addition of the “newer” buses, our oldest bus will now be a 2001 model and all buses will have seatbelts. 8 of the donated buses will have air conditioning. Three of those buses are the regular fleet and five buses are for special needs.
The school district hopes to get the buses over during the December timeframe, possibly after the Holidays when they have a chance to get them cleaned up and outfitted with cameras and radios.
Medical Marijuana at schools
There’s no doubt that medical marijuana has been a hot topic. Now it’s time to address medical marijuana at schools.
On Monday, OCSD will decide on whether to host a public hearing to get public input and consider approval on the proposed revised School Board Policy for “Medical Marijuana Use by Students Who Are Qualified Patients in Schools.
See, in 2016, Florida’s electorate voted to pass the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, as a constitutional amendment.
In turn, the 2017 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 8A, which was signed into law by the governor. Along with numerous medical marijuana reforms, the bill added the following language:
Each district school board shall adopt a policy and a procedure for allowing a student who is a qualified patient, as defined in s. 381.986, to use marijuana obtained pursuant to that section. Such policy and procedure shall ensure access by the qualified patient; identify how the marijuana will be received, accounted for, and stored; and establish processes to prevent access by other students and school personnel whose access would be unnecessary for the implementation of the policy.
The Board would allow the administration of prescribed Medical Marijuana to a student while at school when administration cannot reasonably be accomplished outside of school hours.
Additionally, use of Medical Marijuana would be allowed only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the Medical Marijuana were not made available during school hours, or the student is disabled and requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program.
The policy also states that Parents and Caregivers should administer student’s medications, including Medical Marijuana, at home whenever possible.
The proposed policy (linked here) is in compliance with the Florida Statutes requiring each school district school board to adopt a policy and procedure for allowing a student who is a qualified patient to use marijuana at school if necessary under policy guidelines.
I will let you know what day the public hearing is scheduled.
Ok, that’s all I have for you this morning! Hope you have a great Friday and stay dry this weekend with the potential for rain!
See ya next week!
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