ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA
MINUTES, JULY 16, 2001
The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Special Meeting at 2:30 p.m., in the Board Room, at the Dr. Vernon McDaniel (Administration) Building, 215 West Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida, with the following present:
Chairman: Dr. John DeWitt Vice Chairman: Mrs. Cary Stidham
Board Members: Mr. Gary L. Bergosh
Ms. Linda Finkelstein
Dr. Elmer Jenkins
School Board Attorney: Mr. Francisco Negron, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Norm Ross, Deputy Superintendent, represented Mr. Jim Paul
I. CALL TO ORDER
Dr. DeWitt called the special meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
II. 2001-2002 BUDGET PROCESS
Ms. Barbara Linker, Director of Budgeting, gave a brief update of revisions made to Book I (Departmental Budgets) and Book II (Local Projects) of the 2001-2002 Proposed Budget. She noted the recommended budget reductions and increases that resulted from the 2% decrease in the total budget for Book II as approved by the Board at a previous meeting. (Supplementary Minute Book, Exhibit A)
Elementary Special Supply Allocation (Project 715)
Mrs. Stidham moved not to eliminate the allocation of $5 per FTE in the 2001-2002 Proposed Budget. Motion was seconded by Ms. Finkelstein. Motion was made by Dr. Jenkins, seconded by Mr. Bergosh, to amend the original motion to $2.50 per FTE rather than $5. Mrs. Stidham expressed her concern that $2.50 per FTE would not be an adequate amount. Motion failed 3 to 2, with Dr. DeWitt, Mrs. Stidham and Ms. Finkelstein voting No. Original motion was approved 3 to 2, with Mr. Bergosh and Dr. Jenkins voting No.
Following review of updated Books I and II of the 2001-2002 Proposed Budget, the Board took the following action:
Dr. Jenkins left the meeting at 3:25 p.m.
Mrs. Stidham moved to accept the recommended budget reductions and increases that resulted from the 2% decrease in the total budget for Book II as approved by the Board at a previous meeting. Motion was seconded by Mr. Bergosh and approved 4 to 0, with Dr. Jenkins absent for vote.
Dr. DeWitt asked if the Superintendent had a recommendation on the Vending Machine Flow Through Allocation. Mr. Ross stated that there was no recommendation at this time.
Ms. Linker explained that Book III relates to all categorical funded projects.
Following the review of Books III and IV of the 2001-2002 Proposed Budget, the Board took the following actions:
Motion was made by Mrs. Stidham and seconded by Dr. DeWitt, to abolish the position of Director of Facilities Planning and to handle job description issues at the regular meeting on July 17, 2001. Mrs. Stidham stated that the intent of her motion was to combine the position of Director of Facilities Planning with the position of Director of Maintenance for cost saving purposes. After discussion, Dr. DeWitt moved to table this item to the July 17, 2001 Regular Meeting. Motion was seconded by Mr. Bergosh and approved 4 to 0, with Dr. Jenkins absent for vote.
Motion was made by Mrs. Stidham and seconded by Ms. Finkelstein, to adjourn the special meeting at 3:50 p.m. Motion was unanimously approved.