How Legal Counsel Can Work for School Boards

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Ted Doran

Florida attorney Ted Doran has represented the Volusia County School Board since 2002, providing advice on legal issues, policy, and litigation matters. Lawyers employed by local school districts provide valuable services as the school boards navigate an often confusing set of local, state, and federal laws that pertain to schools.

The main goal is to avoid litigation and legal missteps that occur when making policies for the local school system. When litigation does occur, the legal counsel represents the school board before the court.

In some cases, the attorney will give advice on the information board members should discuss publicly during controversial proceedings, as Ted Doran did in 2015 when the Volusia County School Board was negotiating with the teachers’ union over the current contracts. Other times, the attorney will give advice in regard to the contracts and appointments of the school board itself.


Daytona Beach Prepares to Welcome 2017 Shriners Convention


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Shriners Imperial Session

Daytona Beach, Florida, is preparing for the arrival of the 2017 Imperial Session of the Shriners organization, thanks to the efforts of Ted Doran, who was chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority Board at the time of the site selection process. Bringing 30 years of experience as a Florida attorney and recently serving four years on the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ted Doran made every effort to impress the merits of Daytona Beach upon Gary Bergenske, who will be named the head of the Shriners in 2017.

The Shriners Imperial Session is expected to bring up to 20,000 visitors and $8 million into Daytona Beach. Mr. Bergenske, an Orlando businessman, became familiar with the area when he purchased a vacation home in Daytona, developing an affection for the city that he wished to share with the rest of his organization.

In 2012, Ted Doran helped convince Mr. Bergenske that Daytona Beach was more than equal to the task of hosting the upcoming convention. The area offers the appeal of its natural beauty, famed beaches, and access to the famous Daytona International Speedway, which the Shriners could use for their customary mini-car and motorcycle races. When the decision was finalized, Mr. Doran, joined by Mr. Bergenske and Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, celebrated the selection of the city in traditional NASCAR fashion by spraying champagne onto Victory Lane at the Speedway.

FUTURES Foundation Opens Opportunities for Volusia County Students

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FUTURES Foundation


Florida attorney Ted Doran may be best known in his community for the multimillion-dollar court awards he has brought to the state, or for his efforts as a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, in 1985, within only a few years of earning his juris doctor, Ted Doran became one of the founding members of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County schools.

The primary goals of the FUTURES Foundation is threefold: facilitate greater involvement among the county’s public schools, communities, and local businesses; encourage and improve quality performances from school faculty and staff; and prepare students to join the workforce that will await them after graduation.

The first two goals are served by programs such as the FUTURES Mini-Grant, which funds enhancements to the curriculum with resources that cannot be provided by school budgets, and the Educator Intern system, which educates community leaders about the school system through on-site shadowing and invites suggestions from them in return.

Of course, the greatest emphasis is on uplifting students. For this, FUTURES offers the Take Stock in Children program for students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as in their civic duties. There is also the Turn Around program to recognize and encourage students who show marked improvement in their personal and scholastic growth.

The FUTURES Foundation is now celebrating 31 years of operation and boasts many more programs, continuing to advance the mission set down by its founders to ensure a quality education for the children of Volusia County.