The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Workshop Meeting at 9:00 a.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

            Vice Chairman:             Mrs. Patty Hightower

            Board Members:           Mrs. Cary Stidham (was 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)

I.            CALL TO ORDER

Mr. Bergosh called the Regular Workshop to order at 9:15 a.m.

A.     Open Discussion  

“Policy Governance”

Mrs. Hightower provided the Board with information she had received while attending the national “Policy Governance” seminar conducted by the Aspen Group, Inc. 

Plan for K-5 School in Downtown Pensacola

      Mr. Bergosh reiterated his desire to plan for a state of the art K-5 school in downtown Pensacola, which he previously addressed at the February 11, 2005 Special Meeting. 

Impact of Recent Rain/Hail Storms

      At the request of Mr. Bergosh, Mr. Shawn Dennis, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, gave a brief update regarding the damages that school sites had sustained from recent rain and/or hail storms.

Rescheduling of June Regular Workshop

The Board agreed to change the date of the June Regular Workshop from June 17, 2005 to June 20, 2005.  


At the request of Mr. Ross, Mr. Ronnie Arnold, Associate Superintendent for Public & Interagency Affairs, gave a brief update regarding proposed legislation. 

   III.            TIME CERTAIN ITEMS  

No items submitted. 


Chapter 1 Rule Revisions

(NOTE: This item was last discussed at the March Regular Workshop and tabled at the March Regular Meeting.) 

Mrs. Odom advised that a number of revisions had been made since this item was tabled at the March Regular Meeting and therefore, the revised version would need to be substituted for the tabled version.  She indicated that she would provide the Board instructions regarding the process for handling tabled items.

Mrs. Hightower suggested that the structural organizational charter under Section 1.05(2) be revised by changing “Volunteers” to “Community Involvement.”  


(A)  The Secretary designated by the Superintendent, located in the District Administrative office, 215 West Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida, 32502, telephone number (850) 432-6121, is the Agency Clerk for the purpose of the filing of pleadings and documents in School Board proceedings conducted pursuant to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. 

Upon inquiry by Mrs. Hightower, Mrs. Odom advised that she and the Superintendent were still discussing the issue of who would be the appropriate person(s) to designate as Agency Clerk.  (NOTE: This issue was previously addressed at the March Regular Workshop.)  

Chapter 2 Rule Revisions

Mrs. Hightower suggested the following addition to Section 2.04(4): The Superintendent may recommend step placement within the position’s grade level, noticing the Board through memorandum of any placement exceeding 5 steps. 

Chapter 3 Rule Revisions

Mrs. Hightower indicated that she would offer a motion at the April Regular Meeting to revise Section 3.02(5)(e)(4) as follows: Once granted a transfer under this policy, a student may continue enrollment in the receiving school through the exit year provided the circumstances upon which the transfer was granted remain unchanged.  Failure to report to the Office of School Choice within 30-days any change of circumstances in which the transfer and the student’s return to the original designated school.  Students granted a transfer must maintain passing grades, acceptable behavior, and attendance.  If the student fails to maintain passing grades, demonstrates unacceptable behavior, incurs excessive tardies or unexcused absences the principal at any time can request, through the Office of School Choice, for the student to be returned to their home school; however, no request for return transfer may be considered by the Office of School Choice until the principal demonstrates that a good faith effort has been made to employ parental assistance to rectify the student’s deficiencies.  Parents will be notified in writing and given 10-days to withdraw the child(ren).  

V.            CONSENT AGENDA

A.     Curriculum and Instruction

1.       Contractual Agreement between the School Board of Escambia County, Florida and Lakeview Center, Inc. (The Center for Personal & Family Development)

Upon inquiry by Mrs. Hightower, Dr. Garth Grove, Subject Area Specialist – Guidance Services, briefly explained how students and families qualify for this program, which offers a broad range of counseling services regarding mental health and grief issues.  

15.   The School District of Escambia County, Florida 2005 Elementary Summer Reading Camp

Upon inquiry by Mrs. Hightower, Dr. Deborah Malishan, Director of Elementary Education, stated that the different starting times were due to the pairing of bus transportation among some schools. 

B.     Finance

8.       Budget Amendments

a)      Resolution 6: General Operating Fund

Upon inquiry by Mrs. Hightower, Mrs. Laura Shaud, Director of Budgeting, gave a briefly explained the reason for the difference in the original budget and present budget of District Discretionary Lottery Funds (Object 3344). 

C.     Human Resource Services
1.   Instructional/Professional

11.      Approve the following new and/or revised administrative job descriptions effective           July 1, 2005:

Director I – Elementary School Education

Director I – High School Education

Director I – Human Resource Services

Director I – Middle School Education

Director I – Title I & Related Activities

Director II – Evaluation Services

12.      Approve the following new and/or revised professional/technical job descriptions effective July 1, 2005:

Administrative Recording Secretary

Certified Behavior Analyst

Coordinator – Educator Certification

Coordinator VI – Title I & Related Activities

Facilities Financial Specialist

Financial Analyst

Human Resources Specialist

Office Administration Specialist

Senior Financial Analyst

Specialist – School Psychologist

Surplus Inventory Manager

Workers’ Compensation Claims Adjuster  

D.     Purchasing

      No discussion was held. 

E.      Operations

1.   Facilities Planning

A.     Final Payments

3.   Woodham & Washington High School Tracks

Mrs. Hightower noted that there was no “final payment approval sheet” for Washington High School included with the backup information for this item.  Mr. Ron Peacock, Director of Facilities Planning, indicated that he would provide that information prior to the April Regular Meeting.

F.      Student Transfers

No discussion was held. 

G.     Internal Auditing

Upon inquiry by Mrs. Hightower, Mrs. Laura Shaud, Director of Budgeting, indicated that an inventory of fixed assets is conducted annually by the Internal Auditing department.


1.       Chapter 1 Rule Revisions

(Previously submitted and tabled at the March 15, 2005 Regular Meeting)

This item was discussed earlier in the meeting under Section IV, “Proposed Additions or Revisions to School District Rules.” 

VII.            NEW BUSINESS

A.     Items from the Board

No items submitted. 

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.

ADD          2.   Update on Custodial Reorganization

      Mr. Chuck Peterson, Director of Maintenance, and Mr. Jim Beagle, Assistant Director of Custodial Services, gave a brief update on the status of the “custodial reorganization” plan that was adopted in June 2003. (NOTE: This update was requested by Mrs. Hightower at the March 11, 2005 Regular Workshop.)  

IX.            ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the Regular Workshop adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

Attest:                                                              Approved:

________________________________                    ________________________________

Superintendent                                                  Chairman