THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA
MINUTES, MARCH 28, 2005
The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Special Meeting at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room, at the Dr. Vernon McDaniel Building, 215 West Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida, with the following present:
Chairman: Mr. Gary L. Bergosh
Vice Chairman: Mrs. Patty Hightower
Board Members: Mrs. Cary Stidham
Dr. Charles E. Glover, Sr.
Mr. Pete Gindl
School Board General Counsel: Mrs. Ellen Odom
Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Norm Ross, Deputy Superintendent (representing Mr. Jim Paul)
INSTALLATION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, DISTRICT III
Prior to the beginning of the Special Meeting, Mr. Bergosh installed Dr. Charles E. Glover, Sr., as School Board Member, District III. Dr. Glover expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve as a School Board Member and stated that he would do his best to make decisions that would be in the best interest of students.
I. CALL TO ORDER/ADOPTION OF AGENDA
Mr. Bergosh called the Special Meeting to order at 12:08 p.m. Mrs. Stidham suggested handling the general business items (i.e., finance, human resources, purchasing) prior to strategic planning. Motion by Mrs. Hightower, seconded by Mrs. Stidham, to adopt the agenda, moving “strategic planning” to the end of the agenda, was approved unanimously.
II. STRATEGIC PLANNING
1. Proposed Refunding of Outstanding Certificates of Participation Series 1996-1
Motion by Mrs. Hightower, seconded by Mr. Gindl, to approve “Proposed Refunding of Outstanding Certificates of Participation Series 1996-1” was approved unanimously.
IV. HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES
1. Recommend that employee #472525 be suspended without pay pending the outcome of criminal and District investigations of alleged misconduct related to misappropriation of School District property, effective Tuesday, March 29, 2005.
Motion was made by Mrs. Stidham and seconded by Mrs. Hightower, to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation that employee #472525 be suspended without pay pending the outcome of criminal and District investigations of alleged misconduct related to misappropriation of School District property, effective Tuesday, March 29, 2005. Motion was approved unanimously.
1. Reading Materials for Summer Reading Camp
Motion by Mr. Gindl, seconded by Mrs. Stidham, to approve “Reading Materials for Summer Reading Camp” was unanimous.
STRATEGIC PLANNING (Item II)
Mrs. Sheree Cagle, Director of Comprehensive Planning, asked the Board to review the changes (as outlined in the backup documentation) suggested by the strategic planning committees and then offer their suggestions for any additional changes.
Board Members suggested changes to the following goals/objectives:
Mrs. Stidham noted that under the “Strategies and Estimated Cost per Year” for each of the objectives of this goal, there were many strategies with a note indicating “cost varies.” She requested that each notation of “cost varies” be replaced with a “minimum/maximum” dollar amount.
Objective 1.2: Every student achieving at high levels.
● Increase the percentage of students scoring at FCAT Proficiency Levels
○ The district mean score in FCAT Science for two of the three instructional levels (i.e., elementary, middle, and high) will equal or exceed the state mean.
Mrs. Hightower suggested the following revision: The
district mean score in FCAT Science
for two of the three instructional
levels (i.e., elementary, middle, and high) will equal or exceed the state
Provide a safe and welcoming environment.
Objective 4.4: Reduce the number of student and staff incidents involving alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by 50% within five years.
Mrs. Hightower noted that the strategies associated with this particular objective only addressed students, not staff.
Objective 5.2: Inform the public about the issues and needs of public education in Escambia County using resources such as media releases, involvement in community organizations, forums, etc. at least once a month.
Mrs. Hightower suggested adding “tracking of letters to the editor” (local newspapers) as an evaluation method for this particular objective.
The Special Meeting recessed at 1:08 p.m. and reconvened at 1:10 p.m., with Mr. Bergosh, Mrs. Hightower, Mrs. Stidham, Dr. Glover and Mr. Ross (representing Mr. Jim Paul, Superintendent) present. (NOTE: Mr. Gindl did not return after recess)
Increase by 5% annually business/community involvement in the education process to improve student achievement.
Objective 8.3: Provide programs, activities, and written information for parents in compliance with the Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act and identified needs at each school.
As an evaluation method for this particular objective, Mrs. Hightower and Dr. Glover suggested conducting a parent survey to determine whether parents actually received the Parent Guide and whether or not they found it to be useful.
Motion by Mrs. Hightower, seconded by Dr. Glover, to adjourn the Special Meeting at 1:30 p.m. was approved 4 to 0, with Mr. Gindl absent for vote.