Boy oh boy. As The World Turns has nothing on our Osceola County School Board, especially this past week. It all began when Board member Cindy Hartig started a non profit group to help children. Yes, that's right. Can you imagine her nerve wanting to assist the County's children!! In steps Jay Wheeler who had a problem, he says, with the name of the group,"Osceola County School District Children", and all the correct papers were filed for this 5013C. Nancy Gemskie also was involved in helping to set up the group, and she just happens to be his opponent in the election this November. Coincidence?
Last night's commission meeting was one of the more interesting in the recent past. Commissioner Ken Smith left his district a bit of a legacy by making the motion to approve the D R Horton requested zoning change. While Smith claimed he would have preferred that land be owned by the county and it being just like Central Park "there in new York", he said he believed this zoning change would be beneficial for the area.
Okay, so instead of having a park to get mugged in, as Smith would have liked, apparently, he went for a zoning change which will leave the area with hundreds of extra homes and vehicles, traffic and congestion, headaches and, of course, heartache. Gee, thanks Commissioner Smith! What else you got for the people of your district?
Submitted by Mark Rosenbauer
Once again it was a cold, rainy afternoon at OHP for the County's first workshop on the coming budget. The meeting began with three (3) commissioners. Ken Smith and John Q were missing.The county manager began the meeting with a presentation of items the county was spending large amounts of money on that were not mandated.
At the very beginning, Chairman Hawkins and the manager set the tone with bone chilling facts. The tax Collector, although preliminary, estimated at least a 25% drop in tax collections, which would result in a $27 to $34 million shortfall for Osceola County. That's a serious shortage!
While everyone will agree the move is highly unusual, Charlie Crist appointed the wife of school board member Julius Melendez, to represent him while he's away, serving in the military. Hopefully, she'll not just go along to get along! Below is the official announcement.
Oath of Office Ceremony To Be Held For Marjorie Guillen-Melendez
Governor Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Marjorie Guillen-Melendez to the Osceola County School Board, filling the spot vacated by her husband, Julius Melendez, during his military leave of absence.
“Marjorie is well-equipped to serve the educational needs of her district and community,” said Governor Crist. “I am confident she will fill her husband’s vacancy with the same level of dedication and integrity he consistently displayed and will continue to contribute during his heroic service in Kuwait.”
Mrs. Guillen-Melendez, 33, is a bill review supervisor for CorVel Corporation in Lake Mary. She is also a member of the Parent Teacher Organization for Partin Settlement Elementary. Guillen-Melendez received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.
As a member of the Florida National Guard, Melendez is being deployed to Kuwait. Guillen-Melendez’s appointment is supported by the Osceola County School Board and the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners.
Mrs. Guillen-Melendez will take her Oath of Office at 4:30 p.m. on February 16, 2010, in the Board Room at the Administrative Center, 817 Bill Beck Boulevard in Kissimmee. The School Board meeting will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. that evening.