110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Nov 11, 2013 - 3:38:18pm
The Volusia County School Board has set a new time for the Nov. 5 meeting that was canceled due to security concerns relayed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The concerns arose in connection with a protest over a history textbook that some objectors said pays too much attention to Islam. Protesters for and against the textbook had gathered outside the School Board meeting room in DeLand.
The new meeting time is 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara Ave.
The main door to the building will open at 3 p.m. and access to the board room will be available at that time. Wait said Volusia County deputies and “other security measures” will be in place, but no metal detectors will be used.
The meeting will be called to order at 4 p.m., and public participation for all those who wish to speak to the board will be the first item of business, school system spokeswoman Nancy Wait said, rather than at 6 p.m. as in the past.
When the room is filled to its capacity of approximately 72 people, a designated waiting area will be established, and speakers will be permitted to enter the board room when their names are called. That’s a policy that was followed in the past, she said.
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