Board of Trustees
At the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, students learn to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success.
FSDB operates under the leadership and direction of its Board of Trustees, pursuant to Section 1002.36, Florida Statutes. The Board consists of seven members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. One of its members is required to be a person who is blind/visually impaired, and one is required to be a person who is deaf/hard of hearing. Each member is required to have been a Florida resident for at least ten years and the term of office for each member is four years. The Board is invested with full power and authority to appoint the President of the School.
The President is the Chief Executive Officer serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the organization, operation, and management of FSDB and its programs. The President also serves as the educational leader of the school, under the direction of the Board.
FSDB Board of Trustees meetings will be held in Moore Hall in the Center for Learning and Development (CLD). All meetings are open to the public; American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. The Board meeting agenda focuses on matters pertaining to FSDB.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this Board meeting is asked to advise the FSDB by calling at least two (2) days in advance.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, s/he will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued.
Official FSDB Board of Trustees Meeting Dates
August 23, 2019
September 27, 2019
November 8, 2019 (Canceled)
December 13, 2019
January 24, 2020
February 28, 2020
April 20, 2020
May 22, 2020
The bylaws and related state rules (Chapter 6D-1) by which the FSDB Board of Trustees manages the school is maintained by the Florida Department of State’s Florida Administrative Register/Florida Administrative Code.
Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine-Law was enacted in 1967. Today, the Sunshine Law regarding open government can be found in Chapter 286 of the Florida Statutes. These statutes establish a basic right of access to most meetings of boards, commissions, and other governing bodies of state and local governmental agencies or authorities – this includes meetings of the FSDB Board of Trustees.