THE SCHOOL BOARD OF

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA

MINUTES, MAY 18, 2004

The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened as a legislative body for the Resolution of Impasse, pursuant to section 447.403(4)9(d), Florida Statutes (2000), at 5:30 p.m., in Room 160, at the J.E. Hall Educational Services Center, 30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, Florida, with the following present:

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

††††††††††† Board Members:†††††††††† Mr. Gary Bergosh†

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Ronnie L. Clark

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Linda Finkelstein

††††††††††† School Board General Counsel:††††††† Mrs. Ellen D. Odom†

††††††††††† Superintendent of Schools:†††††††††††††† Mr. Jim Paul

                    I.               CALL TO ORDER/ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

†††† Mrs. Stidham called the Special Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.† Mrs. Peggy Pilcher gave the invocation and Mrs. Ellen Odom led the pledge of allegiance.† On motion by Dr. DeWitt, seconded by Mr. Bergosh, adoption of the agenda was approved unanimously.† Mrs. Stidham briefly outlined the procedures to be followed during the meeting.†

                 II.               PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION

A.     PRESENTATION OF PROPOSALS

(Supplementary Minute Book, Exhibit ďAĒ)

1.       Superintendent

Mrs. Barbara Linker, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Services, presented the Districtís proposal for resolution of impasse, which provided for a two percent (2%) general improvement to the ESP Salary Schedule retroactive to July 1, 2003.

2.       Educational Support Personnel (ESP)†

Mrs. Ellen Lawrence, Director of Escambia NEA UniServe, presented the ESPís proposal for resolution of impasse, which provided for a one-step increase and a two percent (2%) general improvement to the ESP salary schedule retroactive to July 1, 2003.††

B.      REBUTTAL

1.       Superintendent

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mrs. Linker reiterated the Districtís proposal for the resolution of impasse.†

2.       Educational Support Personnel (ESP)

†††† Mrs. Lawrence reiterated the ESPís proposal for the resolution of impasse.†

C.      BOARD QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Board Members posed questions or made comments regarding each sideís proposal.

D.     PUBLIC FORUM

The Board recognized the following speakers:

Sheldon Dykes †††††††††††††††††††††††† Gail Husbands †

Jeffrey Hadley †††††††††††††††††††††††† Arlene Costello

Deborah Odom ††††††††††††††††††††††††Terryle Gibson

Jackie Sweat ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Camylle Moore †††††††††††

George Harrison †††††††††††††††††††††† John Bodie ††††††

Keevan Pugh †††††††††††††††††††††††††† Terry Teets

Mable Holmes ††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tami Buzbee

Juanita Diggs †††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sheila Romaine

George Mash †††††††††††††††††††††††††† Diana Carter

Robert Husbands ††††††††††††††††††††† Madonna Jackson-Williams

Charlie Riggan †††††††††††††††††††††††† Delsa Grove

Linda Holt ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Susan Shields

               III.               BOARD ACTION

Mr. Bergosh moved to accept the Districtís proposal for resolution of impasse, which provided for a two percent (2%) general improvement to the ESP Salary Schedule retroactive to July 1, 2003.† Motion was seconded by Dr. DeWitt and approved unanimously.†

              IV.               ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the Special Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.† [NOTE: The May Regular Meeting (including public forum) immediately followed at 7:20 p.m.]

Attest:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Approved:

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Superintendent††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chairman