Roundtable June 5


The union representing public school teachers and employees will host a roundtable next week to discuss a host of issues related to the public schools, including safety, parental involvement and student motivation.

The Gulf County Education Association will host the event which will be held in Building A on the Gulf Coast State College Gulf/Franklin Campus.

The campus is located at Garrison Ave. and U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe, 3800 Garrison Ave.

The roundtable will be held 6-8 p.m. ET.

The official title is “Community Round Table Conservation on Public Education in Gulf County.”

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We want everybody to come out and become involved in and support the public schools,” said Krissy Gentry, president of the GCEA.

“The idea is to brainstorm some of these very topical issues, all of which are important to the public schools right here.”

The topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, school safety, student attendance and behavior, parental involvement and improving student motivation.

The goal is to begin a discussion that will be carried forward.

“This is the first of what we hope will be a monthly series of roundtables,” Gentry said. “We hope to have in future meetings students at the table.

“We want to hear from there about things the community can do to improve their motivation to attend and do well in school.”

The GCEA has lined up several speakers from the Florida Education Association and National Education Association to provide presentations and foster discussions on the various topics.

“We want this to be a positive thing for the community, to come together and discuss how the community can support the public schools and the children,” Gentry said.

“We see this as a positive step.”

The motto for the roundtable spells out the mission: “We can create the future we want to see by starting with the power and connections we have.”

“This is about supporting public education in our communities,” Gentry said.