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Mission Statement

The Legal Department’s mission is to provide exceptional legal counsel and advocacy for the Superintendent and staff so that the School District can more successfully fulfill its mission to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed.

Our Services

The Legal Department represents the School District and provides legal services to the Superintendent and School District staff. The Legal Department cannot provide legal advice to the general public, parents, students or School District employees for personal matters. Generally, the Legal Department provides the following services:  
  • Represent the School District in Federal and State courts, before the State Department of Administrative Hearings, and before all Federal and State agencies that oversee public education.
  • Provide advice and guidance on school choice matters.
  • Provide advice and guidance on business matters including issues related to school finance, contracts, and purchasing.
  • Provide advice and guidance on public record requests.
  • Provide advice and guidance on student discipline matters, student record matters, and the general provision of educational services for students.
  • Provide advice and guidance on employment law matters.
  • Answers questions related to the application of Federal and State laws and regulations.

Legal Services

Phone:  (772) 429-5546
Facsimile:  (772) 429-4515

Office hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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Our Team

Johnathan A. Ferguson
Executive Director of Legal Services
John.Ferguson@stlucieschools.org

Barbara L. Sadaka
Attorney
Barbara.Sadaka@stlucieschools.org

Barbara “Bobbi” Booth
Paralegal
Barbara.Booth@stlucieschools.org

Marney Fisher
Paralegal
Marney.Fisher@stlucieschools.org

Legal Tips

  • Fire Alarm System Registration
  • Employees doing business with the School District – an Ethics Violation?
  • Personal Notes and Public Records Requests
  • Procedures for Reporting Adult Accidents or Injuries On Campus
  • Forms Used for Parents to Grant Parental Authority to Another Adult
  • Student Photographs and their Release