Manatee School Board postpones policy review to January

October 15, 2013 

Manatee School Board postpones policy review

MANATEE -- The Manatee County School Board decided to delay a decision to hire a firm to help the board adjust its policies and procedures.

The board has talked about hiring either Neola or Education Management Consultant Services Inc. to help them rewrite and update their manual, which has not gone untouched and unreviewed for several years, according to school board chairwoman Karen Carpenter. Policies include public comment regulations.

Superintendent Rick Mills recommended the discussion be tabled to next spring, but the board decided to have a workshop in January after Mills discusses a payment plan. Mills is in favor of not entering into a contract with a firm until next fiscal year.

"We do not have the money to fund it," Mills said.

The board will prioritize policies in need of updating at workshops.

22 complete Citizens Law Enforcement Academy

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office graduated 22 people from the 40th class of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy during a Friday ceremony.

CLEA, held one night a week for 11 weeks, gives citizens an inside look at sheriff's office operations.

The course includes sessions on jail operations, courthouse security, criminal investigations, SWAT and forensics.

There are demonstrations by K9 and mounted patrol and how to conduct felony traffic stops, firearms training and a ride-along with a deputy on patrol.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has conducted CLEA twice a year for 20 years with some 800 citizens graduating.

The next class scheduled for spring 2014 is full, but applications are being accepted for the fall session in August. Visit and under the Crime Prevention tab click "Get Involved."

Project Drug Drop adds two more locations

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has expanded Project Drug Drop to include two additional locations.

People can now dispose of unwanted prescription medication at MCSO District No. 2, 407 57th Ave. E., Bradenton; and District No. 3, 5030 U.S. 301, Ellenton, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

The original drug drop location at the MCSO Operations Center, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on Project Drug Drop go to or call 941-747-3011, ext. 2278.

-- Herald staff reports

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