The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Workshop Meeting at 9:00 a.m., in the Board Room, at the Dr. Vernon McDaniel Building, 215 West Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida, with the following present:

            Chairman:                     Mrs. Cary Stidham                    Vice Chairman:             Dr. John DeWitt

            Board Members:           Mr. Gary L. Bergosh

                                                Mr. Ronnie Clark

                                                Ms. Linda Finkelstein 

            School Board General Counsel:        Mrs. Ellen Odom

Superintendent of Schools:               Mr. Jim Paul

        I.            CALL TO ORDER

Mrs. Stidham called the Regular Workshop to order at 9:00 a.m.

A.     Open Discussion  

                  Update on Hurricane Ivan Recovery

      Finance: Mrs. Barbara Linker, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Services, advised that the District had expended $14.5 million and encumbered another $9.4 million for costs associated with Hurricane Ivan.  She was hopeful that the District would be able to recover those expenses from insurance payments, reimbursement from FEMA and some assistance from the State.  She noted however, that the cost recovery process would take time. 

Facilities Repair/Renovation/Reconstruction: Mr. Shawn Dennis, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, briefly reviewed the following prioritized list of major facilities recovery projects:


1)      Major Reconstruction:          Pensacola High (reconstruct gym and auditorium)

                                                Longleaf Elementary (reconstruct school)

                                                Various Media Centers (repairs/renovations/additions)

                                                Various Gymnasiums (repairs/renovations/additions)

2)      Asset Preservation:             Various Schools (permanent roofing)

3)      Students/Staff Displaced:     Bratt Elementary (renovate/repair Building #3)

                                                Sherwood Elementary (renovate/repair Building #4)

                                                Warrington Elementary (renovate/repair Building #1)

                                                 Workman Middle (renovate/repair Building #1)

                                                End-User Support (reconstruct building)

4)      Capacity Impacted:              Various Schools (portable replacement)

                                                Various Schools (portable renovations/repairs)

5)      Safety & Security of Asset: Various Schools (canopy replacement)

                                    (not Life Safety) Various Schools (fence replacement)

                                                Various Schools (exterior lighting repair/replacement)

6)      Athletics/Grounds:               Various Schools (renovations/repairs to athletic facilities & stadiums)

                                                  Various Schools (school sign repair/replacement)

                  Presentation of Plaques to Outgoing Officers 

      The Superintendent presented plaques to Mrs. Stidham and Dr. DeWitt in appreciation for serving as Board Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, for 2003-2004.  Ms. Finkelstein and Dr. DeWitt were each presented with plaques in appreciation for their service as School Board Members.  Ms. Finkelstein thanked the citizens of District V for allowing her the opportunity to serve as their School Board Member for the past four years (one term).  She welcomed Mr. Pete Gindl, newly elected School Board Member for District V, to take her seat at the Board table.  Dr. DeWitt thanked the citizens of District IV for allowing his the opportunity to serve as their School Board Member for the past eight years (two terms).  He welcomed Mrs. Patty Hightower, newly elected School Board Member for District IV, to take his seat at the Board table. 

      The Regular Workshop recessed at 9:35 a.m. and reconvened at 9:40 a.m., with the following present: Mrs. Cary Stidham, Mr. Gary Bergosh, Mr. Ronnie Clark, Mrs. Patty Hightower, Mr. Pete Gindl, the Superintendent and Mrs. Ellen Odom.     


The Superintendent listed the additions, deletions, amendments and/or corrections to the

November 16, 2004 Regular Meeting agenda.  

   III.            TIME CERTAIN ITEMS  

ADD    1.   Curriculum Mapping Pilot for Tate High School

      Mrs. Carolyn Spooner, principal of Tate High School, addressed the Board regarding a pilot plan, whereas once a month, beginning in January 2005 (same date each month) buses would run to Tate High School after the “middle school run” in order to allow teachers two periods of the day to carry out the “curriculum mapping” initiative.  (NOTE: The class schedule would be adjusted so that two (2) first periods, two (2) second periods, two (2) third periods and two (2) fourth periods would be lost over the course of a semester.)


No items submitted. 

     V.            CONSENT AGENDA

A.     Curriculum and Instruction

No discussion was held.

B.     Finance

No discussion was held. 

C.     Human Resource Services

No discussion was held. 

D.     Purchasing

No discussion was held. 

E.      Operations

No discussion was held.  

F.      Student Transfers

No discussion was held. 

G.     Internal Auditing                             

No discussion was held. 


No items submitted. 

VII.            NEW BUSINESS

A.     Items from the Board

No discussion was held.

B.   Items from the Superintendent

No discussion was held. 

C.   Items from the General Counsel

No items were submitted. 


1.       Status of Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Job Study

[NOTE: The Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Job Study was approved at the April 20, 2004 Regular Meeting (Item V.D.4).]  Prior to the meeting, Mr. Jerry Caine, Educational Support Personnel Manager, provided a handout to the Board regarding the status of the Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Job Study. 

IX.            ADJOURNMENT

The Board agreed to schedule the following meetings:

      Executive Session:                     November 22, 2004 at 1:30 p.m.,

      Superintendent’s Conference Room, Dr. Vernon McDaniel Building

      December Regular Meeting:      December 14, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.

       Room 160, J.E. Hall Educational Services Center

(It was noted that the date of the December Regular Workshop would be determined at a later time.) 

There being no further business, the Regular Workshop adjourned at 10:15 a.m.

Attest:                                                              Approved:

________________________________                    ________________________________

Superintendent                                                  Chairman