CONTACT PERSON NAME: Velma Bratcher PHONE: (850)488-5142 SUNCOM: 278-5142 October 31, 2001 DPBM: 02-43 MEMORANDUM TO: District School Superintendents FROM: Wayne V. Pierson SUBJECT: School Board Reorganization Section 230.15, F.S., requires that the school board reorganization meeting be the third Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year. That date is November 20, 2001. Two additional sections of law specify requirements for bonding new school board members (Section 237.191, F.S.) and the use of facsimile signatures (Section 116.34, F.S.). The specific laws are attached for your review. Each section of law requires certain information to be filed with the Department of Education and the Department of State. This memo provides information to assist you in meeting the filing requirements. Section 230.15, F.S., requires that, following the November 20 reorganization meeting, the Chairman and Secretary make and sign a copy of the proceedings of organization, including the schedule for regular meetings and the names and addresses of all district school officers. A certified copy of the original should be filed with the Department of Education within two weeks following the meeting. According to the statute, the due date this year will fall on December 4. Please send this information to the following address: Velma Bratcher Florida Department of Education Office of Funding and Financial Reporting Turlington Building, Room 824 325 West Gaines Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 Section 237.191, F.S., requires school board members and other school officials to be adequately bonded. The bonds should be filed with the Department of State. In addition, Section 116.34, F.S., requires that manual signatures be filed with the Department of State prior to use of a facsimile signature on any instrument defined in this section. The enclosed forms may be used for filing this information. If you have any questions about the forms, please contact Suzie Still, Department of State, at (850) 413-9736. Please send the completed forms to the following address: Ms. Suzie Still Department of State Division of Elections 1802 The Capitol Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250 WVP:LC:vb Enclosures (PDF file)
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