The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Special Meeting at 2:00 p.m., in Conference Room “B” 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 Bergosh (was present via speakerphone)

                                                            Mr. Ronnie L. Clark

                                                            Ms. Linda Finkelstein

            Superintendent of Schools:         Mr. Jim Paul   

                    I.               CALL TO ORDER/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

Mrs. Stidham called the Special Meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.  On motion by Ms. Finkelstein, second by Mr. Clark, adoption of the agenda, was approved unanimously.

                 II.               ITEMS FROM THE BOARD

1.       Appointment of General Counsel

           The Board conducted individual interviews with the following candidates for the position of General Counsel:

John T. Willet

Ellen D. Odom*

Paul F. Flounlacker

Wayne P. Willis

(NOTE: For the record, Dr. DeWitt advised that he did know Mrs. Odom personally.) 

     *Mrs. Odom indicated that if agreeable with the Board, she would actually prefer part-time employment of approximately 20-30 hours per week rather than full-time employment of 40 hours per week, with salary of course, to be adjusted accordingly.  She envisioned the 20-30 hours per week as a combination of scheduled office hours and time spent working from her home.

     After discussion regarding each of the candidates, motion was made by Mr. Bergosh, seconded by Ms. Finkelstein, that Mrs. Ellen D. Odom be offered the position of School Board General Counsel, subject to the negotiation of a mutually acceptable contract.  Motion was approved 3 to 2, with Mr. Clark and Dr. DeWitt voting “No.” 

     The Board recognized Sheila Romaine, who expressed her thoughts regarding each of the candidates who were interviewed. 

               III.               ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the Special Meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

   Attest:                                                              Approved:

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Superintendent                                                  Chairman