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Board Bites - August 30, 2022
5 Board members and Superintendent

From left to right: Carl Persis (SBM Dist-4), Jaime Haynes (SBM Dist-1 Vice Chair), Anita Burnette (SBM Dist-2), Dr. Carmen Balgobin (Superintendent of Schools), Linda Cuthbert (SBM Dist-3), and Ruben Colon (SBM Dist-5 Chairman)



Meeting was called to order at 4:33pm by Chairman Ruben Colon. 

  • Starke Elementary School recited the Pledge.
  • District Choir and Art teachers sang the National Anthem.

Agenda Changes

  • None

Superintendent's Announcements and Comments

  • Superintendent gave a “First Day of School” update.

  • Labor Day Holiday
    • Monday, September 5, 2022 - School Holiday
  • FUTURES Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Awards/Principal of the Year Breakfast
    • Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 9:00 am
  • VCCPTA Back to School Breakfast/General Meeting
    • Tuesday, September 9, 2022 - 7:30 am
  • School Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 4:30 pm
  • School Board Meeting 
    • Tuesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:30 pm

Administrative Appointments

The school board approved one assistant principal and one principal transfer.

Karen Troutman, Principal, Palm Terrace Elementary School

Karen Troutman new principal of Palm Terrace with supporters
Karen Troutman new principal of Palm Terrace with board and Dr. Balgobin

Kellie McClarty, Assistant Principal, DeLand High School

Kellie McClarty, board and Dr. Balgobin


Mr. and Mrs. Lohman with board  and Dr. Balgobin

Mr. and Mrs. Lohman, Community Partners

Michael Zablo (AP) & David Jones (Educator), board, and Dr. Balgobin

Staff Recognition, Superintendent Heroism Award, Michael Zablo (AP) & David Jones (Educator)

Public Participation Concerning Items on the Agenda

  • Mrs. Albert – 12.01 / County of Volusia Invoice

Removal of Items from Consent Agenda / Approval of Consent Agenda

  • Passed

Items removed from Consent Agenda

Human Resource Update

Public Participation - 6:00PM



Board Action Items

  • 20.01 – Volusia League of Cities – PASSED
  • 20.02 – Approval of the School Board Attorney’s 2022 Evaluation – NO MOTION MADE

Public Participation

  • Item 21.01

Items from the Board

  • SBM Cuthbert - Change Board Meeting from Tuesday, November 8th (ELECTION DAY) to Wednesday, November 9th.
  • SBM Persis – Congrats and thank you to Dr. Balgobin for her leadership and her first day of school and being there early to see the bus drivers off to pick up kids that day.
  • SBM Burnette – Same as SBM Persis… thank you to the staff and thank you for a great start to the school year.
  • SBM Haynes – Thank you to Dr. Johnson for all your help with the a/c issues around the district. I suggest we do the same thing we do at home; we raise the temperature on the thermostat and allow for air to continue circulating within the schools.

Next School Board Meetings

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 4:30 pm
Board Room, District Administrative Complex

School Board Meeting 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 4:30 pm
Board Room, District Administrative Complex

Meeting Adjournment

  • Meeting was adjourned at 9:35pm by Chairman Ruben Colon. 

School Board Meeting Livestream

Board Group and Dr. Balgobin



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