Osceola County Schools asking governor again to decide fate of embattled board member

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Osceola County School District is again asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to weigh in on the fate of one of its board members.


Another investigation found Jon Arguello harassed the leader of a company that does work with the district because of political disagreements.

It all led to a very chaotic board meeting Tuesday evening.

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There’s a lot of bad blood between Arguello, other board members and a lot of people working for the district. Each side is arguing that the other is politically motivated.

The investigation found Arguello began attacking the reputation of a man who does literacy work with the students in the district. Arguello said he wanted him banned from school grounds because the man has a criminal record.

The investigation found the concerns were politically motivated and was because the man was a “perceived political enemy.”

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Some of Arguello’s targets asked during Tuesday’s board meeting for the governor or law enforcement to stop the attacks.

Arguello said it’s his fellow board members who are lined up against him.

Four other investigations came up Tuesday night, two of them were started by Arguello that were closed without merit.

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Two were against Arguello. One came from a complaint by a neighbor that’s outside the school’s purview. The other found Arguello likely harassed an employee, but didn’t violate school policy. Both were also closed.

DeSantis has not taken any actions against Arguello on the first complaint the board referred to him.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.