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The School Board works hard to serve the students and parents of Okaloosa County and welcomes feedback. From left to right: Melissa Thrush, District 5; Chuck Kelley, District 2; Cindy Frakes, District 1; Rodney Walker, District 3; Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Superintendent of Schools; Jeff McInnis, School Board Attorney; and Cathy Thigpen, District 4.

 


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The Okaloosa County School District serves approximately 30,000 students from pre-kindergarten to adult education. Each of our 40 schools has its own distinct characteristics while sharing the unified mission and vision of the District. The District's success stems from a strong partnership with parents, community members, educators, and students.

The School Board’s major function is to develop and adopt District policy governing many facets of school operations. The Board can adopt policy upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and delegates implementation of those policies to the Superintendent. The Board is responsible for approval and adoption of an annual budget that provides the basis for the buildings, furnishings, staff, materials, and equipment needed to carry out all educational programs. School Board Members are elected county-wide and are responsible for governance of all schools in the County.

The School Board meets every two weeks, alternating between the Crestview Courthouse and the School District offices at 120 Lowery Place in Fort Walton Beach.

The public is always welcome to these meetings, which are broadcast Tuesdays on Channel 6 at 10 am and 7 pm throughout the Cox Communications coverage area. They are also broadcast on the City of Valparaiso Cable Sundays at 6:30 pm.

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