Friday October 15, 2021

Glades County schools approved a near 29-million-dollar operating budget. They also approved a contract with teachers. Superintendent Dr. Beth Barfield says the union made history in that vote, as there was a 100% approval of a contract for teachers, the first time that’s ever happened. Barfield shared more all-around great news for the district including a new principal. The Board named Charles Dailey as the principal at Moore Haven Junior Senior High school.

Shipping delays have been plaguing the country for some time now.  Local residents have been speculating what’s causing the delays, citing everything from politics to unwilling workers.  Well, some industry insiders are weighing in. First of all, to alleviate some of the wait, the Florida Ports Council is making an attempt to divert some shipments from Asia, Mexico and Europe to Florida. Secondly, schools that train truck drivers are also looking to fill openings almost immediately. Brad Ball, president of Roadmaster Drivers School said students are almost guaranteed a job within 24 hours of course completion. With a rush to fill open positions, The Florida Trucking Association said that new drivers are being offered generous bonuses. Alix Miller, president of The Florida Trucking Association said the current driver shortage was caused by a combination of consumer demand changes, and an influx in retirements during the pandemic. Miller also said the industry is working hard to make sure store shelves are filled as the holiday’s approach.

A reminder to parents and guardians of students in the Palm Beach County School District. There is no school today. It’s a teacher in-service day. Buildings are open for employees but there is no school in session for students. Hendry County students do have school today, but, students will be released early.

Governor Ron DeSantis recently spoke about the successes seen in our state, since the monoclonal antibody treatment sites were deployed. Since opening these sites, the 7-day average of new adult hospital admissions has fallen 80%, according to the governor’s office. The treatment is free for those qualified residents in Hendry and Glades Counties. Monoclonal antibody therapy will be provided free of charge, for those who have recently tested positive for COVID, had direct exposure to the virus, are over the age of 12, and meet all other requirements. Saturday October 16 at Hendry Regional Medical Center Building B from 10a to 4p. Treatment will also be available in Glades County at the Training Center in Moore Haven today from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.

The City of Clewiston will hold their regularly scheduled board meeting Monday at 5 pm. Discussion topics on the agenda include the Clewiston High School Homecoming Parade, Florida City Government Week, service contracts for city projects, and the retirement of Public Works Director Sean Scheffler, amongst other important city announcements. The City Commission Meeting will be held on Monday October 18th at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Clewiston. The meetings are live streamed on Facebook.