Long-time educator takes new role in school system


Andy Johnson — recently named coordinator of safe school, health and athletics — shakes hands with Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 02:32 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Long-time Okaloosa County educator Andy Johnson has more than one school to monitor as coordinator of safe schools, health and athletics, but the focus differs from his 30-plus-year career at three north county schools.

His objectives since settling in his new role Dec. 11 are as follows:

●Ensure the county's schools have sound crisis plans, with procedures for fire drills, severe weather and lockdown drills suited for each campus and student population.  

●Oversee student disciplinary policy, particularly in cases of extended suspension or expulsion, which require placing the student in an alternative education program such as internet-based or charter schools.

●Gather data from student health surveys to apply for grants that could pay for drug or alcohol abuse awareness campaigns.

●Help the Okaloosa County Health Department provide timely health alerts to schools.

●Assure school athletic programs comply with the Florida High School Athletics Association. Each high school must adhere to the FHSAA's rules and regulations, particularly concerning recruitment and student transfers.

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