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Bay District School Board Meets for Round Table Discussion

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The proposal to open an alternative school in Panama City Beach was the big topic at Bay District School Board's Round Table Discussion. Board Members held the casual style meeting Thursday afternoon to further discuss the issues they face this school year.

They focused on a proposal which would open an alternative school for about 50 at-risk or expelled students in a vacant building at Arnold High School. The District would potentially contract with an outside company to run the program but would also need to make costly renovations to the building.

Some Board Members said they're still not sold on the idea. They're unsure about how effective the school would be and the return on investment.

"There are still a lot of reservations from a lot of Board Members about which direction to go," Steve Moss said. "The Beach District is my District. I have a lot of reservations about putting an alternative [school] on the campus of an already operating high school."

"If someone can prove to me that [the school] is worth an opportunity to try it out and give it a chance to work, certainly everyone in this District would love to [help] some of those kids we would otherwise lose," Ginger Littleton added.

School Board Members did not make or approve any decisions at the Round Table Discussion.

They also discussed school start times, extending the length of the elementary school day, and the need for an additional elementary school in Panama City Beach in the future.

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