The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Special Meeting at 11:00 a.m., in Room 160, J.E. Hall Educational Services Center, 30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, Florida, with the following present:

Chairman:                     Mr. Gary L. Bergosh

Vice Chairman:             Mrs. Patty Hightower

Board Members:           Mrs. Cary Stidham (not present)

                                   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)


Mr. Bergosh called the Special Meeting to order at 11:10 a.m.  Motion by Mrs. Hightower, seconded by Mr. Gindl, to adopt the agenda, was approved 4 to 0, with Mrs. Stidham absent for vote. 

Interest-Based Bargaining

The Board agreed to schedule a Special Meeting on June 9, 2005, at 2:00 p.m., in the Board Room, at the Dr. Vernon McDaniel Building, for a presentation by representatives of Stratix, Inc., regarding interest-based bargaining. 

II.               BUDGET PROCESS

Books I and II - 2005-2006 Proposed Budget

Mrs. Laura Shaud, Director of Budgeting, advised that Books I and II of the 2005-2006 Proposed Budget were still being reviewed by staff and would hopefully be presented to the Board by May 27, 2005.

Budget Meeting Dates

The Board agreed to schedule the following meetings:

·         Special Meeting (Re: Budget Process), June 20, 2005, immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Regular Workshop, in Room 160, at the J.E. Hall Educational Services Center

·         Special Meeting (Re: Presentation and Advertisement of Tentative Budget), July 21, 2005, at 5:30 p.m., in the Board Room at the Dr. Vernon McDaniel Building

·         Special Meeting (Re: Public Hearing and Adoption of Tentative Budget and Millage), July 26, 2005, at 5:30 p.m., in the Board Room at the Dr. Vernon McDaniel Building 

Mr. Bergosh reviewed the following budget priorities for 2005-2006, which the Superintendent had presented to the Board at the February 11, 2005 Special Meeting:

Superintendent’s Budget Priority Recommendations to the School Board for 2005-2006

Priority #1:     Attain year three objectives of Salary Compensation Task Force

Priority #2:     Provide instruction in and funding for research-based reading in K-12

Priority #3:     Enhance safety and security of all district assets

Priority #4:     Enhance technology training and offerings

Priority #5:     Continue to fund equitable share of health care

Priority #6:     Fund overage middle School Initiative(s)

Priority #7:     Appropriately address rising operating costs

III.               ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Dr. Glover, seconded by Mr. Gindl, to adjourn the Special Meeting at 12:10 p.m., was approved 4 to 0, with Mrs. Stidham absent for vote. 

Attest:                                                              Approved:

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Superintendent                                                  Chairman