The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Workshop Meeting at 12:00 p.m., in Room 160, at the J.E. Hall Educational Services Center, 30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, Florida, with the following present:

            Chairman:                     Mr. Gary L. Bergosh (was not present)

            Vice Chairman:             Mrs. Patty Hightower

            Board Members:           Mrs. Cary Stidham

                                                Mr. Ronnie L. Clark (was not present)

                                                Mr. Pete Gindl 

School Board General Counsel:        Mrs. Ellen Odom

Superintendent of Schools:               Mr. Jim Paul

        I.            CALL TO ORDER

Mrs. Hightower called the Regular Workshop to order at 12:00 p.m.

A.     Open Discussion  

                  Update on Curriculum Mapping Pilot for Tate High School

Upon inquiry by Mrs. Hightower, Mr. Paul Fetsko, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, confirmed that the curriculum mapping pilot plan at Tate High School (as discussed at the November Regular Workshop) was “on track” to begin in January 2005. 


The Superintendent had no comments on the agenda presented, but took the opportunity to wish everyone “Happy Holidays.”

   III.            TIME CERTAIN ITEMS  

No items submitted. 


No discussion was held.      

     V.            CONSENT AGENDA

A.     Curriculum and Instruction

No discussion was held.  

B.     Finance

No discussion was held. 

C.     Human Resource Services

1.       Instructional/Professional

f.        Special Requests

5.   Request approval to establish and advertise the position of Associate Superintendent – Public & Interagency Affairs on the Administrative Salary Schedule.

The Superintendent advised that amended backup for this item was forthcoming.

D.     Purchasing

17.      Bid Award: Hydraulic Lift Replacement at the Walnut Hill Bus Garage

Mrs. Stidham expressed concerns regarding the purchase of an in-ground lift (approximately $130,000) as opposed to the purchase of an above-ground lift (approximately $30,000), noting that she could not justify the additional $100,000 cost of purchasing an in-ground lift as opposed to an above-ground lift.  Mr. Shawn Dennis, Assistant Superintendent for Operations and several employees from the Bus Garage responded to Mrs. Stidham’s concerns.    

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

Discussion Relating to the Task Force on Diversity Recommendations, Minority Recruitment and Hiring Issues – Ronnie Clark (workshop item only)

Due to the absence of Mr. Clark, this item was not addressed.   

1.   Appointment of Liaison and Alternate to FSBA Legislative Committee and Appointment of Alternate to Serve as District I Representative on FSBA Board of Directors

Mrs. Hightower volunteered to serve as liaison and alternate to FSBA Legislative Committee and to serve as alternate District I Representative on FSBA Board of Directors.  It was noted that this item would be deleted from the December Regular Meeting agenda.   

B.   Items from the Superintendent

No discussion was held.                                                                        

C.   Items from the General Counsel

No items 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).]  Mr. Jerry Caine, Educational Support Personnel Manager, briefly reviewed a memorandum he had provided to the Board regarding the status of the Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Job Study.

2.       Pensacola Beach Tax

Mrs. Barbara Linker, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Services, gave a brief update regarding the Pensacola Beach taxation issue.

3.       Partnership between School Board of Escambia County and Community Agency for Application to be a Supplemental Education Services Provider

Mr. Wayne Odom, Director of Title I, addressed the Board regarding the possibility of the District and some community agency creating a legal entity (a type of non-profit foundation or corporation) which could apply to the State to be a provider of Supplemental Educational Services for the 2004-2005 school year.  He noted that the District could not apply by itself because the District was determined to have not made AYP.  He indicated that he would bring forth a partnership proposal and the State application at the January Regular Meeting. 

4.       Charter School Quarterly Report

Prior to the meeting, Ms. Vickie Mathis, Director of Alternative Education, provided the Board with a copy of the “Charter School Quarterly Report.” 

Quarterly Report on Diversity

Mrs. Mary Helen Fryman, Director of Instructional, Professional Technical and Administrative Personnel, provided the Board with a copy of the “Quarterly Report on Diversity.” 

IX.            ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the Regular Workshop adjourned at 1:08 p.m.

Attest:                                                              Approved:

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Superintendent                                                  Chairman