According to Tom Scott Chairman of the Lee County School Board the “re-vote meeting” was been scheduled for Tuesday Sept 2 at 8:30 AM to accommodate Ms. Dozier and Ms. Morgan’s trip to Vero Beach and at the normal 6pm meeting time.
Lehigh Acres Gazette has learned that School board member Mary Fischer has requested a school board meeting for the purpose of making a motion to rescind the school board’s action to opt the District out of state-mandated assessments.
Dr. Nancy Graham, Superintendent of Schools, has agreed to schedule such meeting. Additional information such as date and time of meeting will be forthcoming according to Graham’s office.
Two women were hospitalized after a head-on crash early Friday morning on Leeland Heights Boulevard.
Two witness’ have said that the woman driving a Chevy Impala crossed the Leeland Heights Blvd and hit a Ford Expedition head on near Texas Road.
The driver of the Impala became trapped in the vehicle by the dashboard and had to be extricated by Lehigh Acres firefighters with the Jaws of Life. She was then flown by LeeFlight to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert.
The woman driving the SUV was taken to Lehigh Regional Medical Center via ambulance with minor injuries.
Leeland Heights Boulevard was closed in both directions while the Florida Highway Patrol conducted an investigation.
Leeland Heights Boulevard has been reopened.
As the Lee County School District now waits to hear from Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee on the effects of the board’s significant vote.
The school board’s attorney did find the following:
EFFECTS OF DISTRICT OPTING OUT OF STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS
Lee County School District Superintendent Nancy Graham said Thursday the district is in “uncharted territories” since the board decided to opt-out of state mandated testing.
The three-to-two vote Wednesday came after Graham and the school board attorney advised against making the historic move, which places the district as the first statewide to opt-out.
Graham is in communication with the Florida Department of Education, and has met with principals in the district.
Lee County School Board Chairman Thomas Scott said he will ask Superintendent Nancy Graham to present a plan by the end of October detailing how the district will move forward without participating in state standardized tests.
The Lee County board became the first in Florida on Wednesday to opt out of the state’s mandatory student assessment tests, a move with potentially massive ramifications. The board, however, voted without a plan in place for how to assess student performance, and without answers as to what the fallout of the decision will be.
Governor Rick Scott weighed in on the Lee County School Board’s decision to opt out of state-mandated testing.
When asked about the historical decision the school board made, Gov. Scott said, “We will see exactly what they did, but I think the one thing they’ll have to think about is: did it impact their ability to get federal funding?”
“What impact, if they do lose that, will that have on their students?” Scott added.
Gov. Scott also said the biggest concern for a teacher, parent or student is whether the decision will reduce the schools’ federal funding.
After being rescued from a storm drain and now recovering from a heart attack. We have new information on the Lehigh Acres man who found himself stuck in a storm drain Wednesday.
Don Goodwin fell into a storm drain outside of HOPE Hospice in Lehigh Acres Wednesday morning. Goodwin works at the Hospice center at a chaplain.
Don Goodwin was trying to fish out his car keys. To make matters worse the drain was filled with nearly three feet of water.
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In a three-to-one vote, the Lee County school board decided to opt out of state-mandated testing. This makes Lee County the first school district in Florida to do so.
Over 200 parents were at the meeting to protest the tests. Some don’t even have children in the district, but are supporting the idea in Lee County – which could set a precedent statewide.
We spoke with several parents, groups and advocates over the last few weeks who say they are sick of their children suffering from these tests.
One parent told us third grade students were held back because they failed the exams, but excelled in the classroom.
Lehigh Fire and Rescue Department reports a man described as elderly had parked his car near Hope Hospice at 1201 Wings Way. When he was walking he dropped his car keys into a storm drain.
They say he removed the storm drain cover and tried to fish out his keys.
He then fell into the drain, head first about five feet down into about 3-4 feet of water.
His feet were dangling up in the air.
A woman, who was going to Hope Hospice as a volunteer, heard the man yelling for help.
When rescue crews got there, they immediately tried to elevate the man’s head to keep it above water.
He was pulled out and taken to Lehigh Regional to be checked out. No word yet on his condition.
Firefighters were able to fish out the man’s keys.
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A Lee County judge sentence Ronnie Sheppard Jr. on Monday to ten years in prison for shooting a family’s dog and burglary of two homes in Lehigh Acres, as reported nbc2.com.
Sheppard and an accomplice, both from Fort Meyers, began their crime spree in November when they tried to break into a home, but the owners were home, and the men fled. They stole a car and later crashed it. At the second home, neighbors heard gunshot sounds and witnessed the men running away with a television.
When deputies arrived at the burglarized home on Manuel Street, they found the family dog shot and killed.
According to nbc2.com, the owners of the dog named Carley, made an emotional statement to the judge before Sheppard’s sentencing.
Christian Aranda, 18, arrested in connection with this crime, is still in custody.
Sheppard has been in trouble with the law since age 12.
Rest in peace Carley.
The next regular monthly of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District will be held on August 26, 2014 and will begin at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, Station 104, 3102 16th St SW, Lehigh Acres, FL 33976. Meetings will be conducted within the apparatus bay (accessible from the rear of the building) or in the classroom (accessible from the south parking lot). Accommodations for parking include the parking lot on the south and west side of building. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct District business and to take official action on any and all other business to come before the Board of Commissioners. Anyone wishing to appeal any action of the Board of Commissioners at any of the above referenced meeting(s) is responsible to have a verbatim record made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. If an individual requires special aid or services as addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Chief John Wayne (239) 303-5300.
2nd Annual Autism Cut A Thon Was Held at the Microtel Hotel and Suites. Rene Gaston put together food, music, raffles, haircuts w/donation….live music… Vendors & more to raise money for Autism.
According to Gaston, we had a large crowd and raise a good number of dollars for Autism.
Autumn Skyy Teckenbrock was crowned Miss Teen Lehigh Acres. In November Teckenbrock will be competing for the state title in which there is a $65,000.00 college scholarship awarded. Teckenbrock is now searching sponsors for her state pageant. The pageant is being held in Orlando. Teckenbrock will have hotel, clothing, photo, and travel expenses. She said, any sponsorship no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. If interested please e-mail email@example.com
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Autumn is very excited to represent her town at state!
Lehigh Acres Girl Scout Troop 746 presented The Octagon Animal Sanctuary in Punta Gorda with a donation check of $300 earned with their cookies sells this year; along with blankets, sheets, pillows and baby toys. All of which are used to help with the care of all the animals. During their trip the girls also adopted/sponsored an animal Baboon named Congo.
At the Octagon Animal Sanctuary their mission is to provide a healthy recovery and living environment for abandoned and abused exotic wildlife. Since the mid 1970′s, Octagon has been rescuing and rehabilitating exotic wildlife. The Octagon is located on Horseshoe Road in Punta Gorda just west of State Road 31. The Octagon is not affiliated with any other organization in the state of Florida or otherwise.