THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA
MINUTES, DECEMBER 11, 2003
The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in a Special Recognition Meeting 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:
Chair: Mrs. Cary Stidham Vice Chair: Dr. John DeWitt
Board Members: Mrs. Carissa Bergosh
Mr. Ronnie Clark
Ms. Linda Finkelstein
School Board Attorney: Mr. Francisco M. Negron, Jr. (was not present)
Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Jim Paul
I. CALL TO ORDER
Mrs. Stidham called the Special Recognition Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Motion made by Dr. DeWitt, seconded by Mrs. Bergosh, to approve all presentations and recognitions, was unanimous.
Mr. Norm Ross, Deputy Superintendent, served as Master of Ceremonies, for the program. The School Board and Superintendent congratulated all of the honored recipients that were in attendance, on the following achievements:
1. Presentation by American Cancer Society
Mrs. Maury Harvey, Chairperson for the 2003 Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), presented a certificate of appreciation to the District for participating in the 2003 Relay for Life 2003.
2. 2003 Florida Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award Recipients
The following individuals were recognized for being selected as Florida Physical Education Teachers of the Year at the recent Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference: James Nims, Warrington Elementary School, was named Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year; Marietta Britt, Bailey Middle School, was named the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year; and Dwight Dumond, Exceptional Student Education Department, was named the Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year.
3. 2003 FAHPERD Professional Recognition Award Recipients
These six individuals were recognized for receiving the 2003 Professional Recognition Award at the recent Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference: Pat Desmond, Wayne Odom, LaDonna Day, and Wendy Ellis, all of the McMillan Community Learning Center, received the award for their Pre-K Physical Education Program; James Nims, Warrington Elementary School, received the award for his ‘Children in Traffic’ program; and Rod Voss, President of the Escambia Physical Education Association, received the award for the Annual EPEA Awards Banquet.
4. Recognition of FAHPERD State President
LaDonna Day, a prekindergarten physical education teacher was recognized for her service as president of the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (FAHPERD).
5. Florida All-State Orchestra
Mike Dmytrenko, a student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School, was recognized for being one of only two students selected to represent the School District in the Florida All-State Orchestra. Mike currently studies violin and is a member of the Pensacola High School Orchestra and the Escambia County Youth Orchestra.
6. Sunshine Scholars Recognition Program for Mathematics & Science
Kevin Hou, a student at Pensacola High School, was recognized for being selected to represent the School District in the Sunshine Scholars Recognition Program for Math & Science.
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8. National Merit Semi-Finalists
Pensacola High School was recognized as the only high school in the School District to have students selected as National Merit Semi-Finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The following students, who qualified as semi-finalists are all in the International Baccalaureate Program: Monica Barnard, Erin Hebert, Will Hedgecock, Jessica McClure, Micah Morrison, Tyler Tringas, and Sarah Watson.
9. Sunshine Math Competition Winners
The following students were recognized for receiving awards at the annual Sunshine Math Competition: Justin Gilstrap, Justin Gallagher, Heather Schaff, Andrew Fairbanks, and D.J. Derbigny, Lipscomb Elementary; D.J. Skitt, Marc Sessa, Tyler Burke, Brad Foley, and Michelle Albert, Pensacola Beach Elementary; Alexis Buker, Doug Nesvik, Madeline Bouillion, Megan DeBari, and Alexa Thompson, Suter Elementary; Rainer Corley, Meredith Metcalf, Victoria Sharp, Chelsea Mason, Alexa Carter, Luke Bosso, Harry Walker, Christa Childers, Lauren Edgar, Nick Miller, Mark Cottschalk, Sarah Jenks, and Zoe Duke, Cordova Park Elementary; Helie Dharia, Michael Lowery, Chelsea Hughes, and Alaina Webb, McArthur Elementary; Morgan Burridge, Austin Tuttle, Caitlin Ho, Alex Webster, Steven Spiegel, Jeff Cutaio, and Nadia Mehriary, Hellen Caro Elementary.
10. Washington High School Freshman Football Team
The Washington High School Freshman Football Team was recognized for finishing their 2003 season undefeated with a 7 and 0 record. The team also posted an overall GPA of 2.96 for the first nine-week grading period, with 22 of the 42 players having a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The following students are players on the Washington High School Freshman Football Team: Lynderrick Williams, Quartez Hardy, Davis Williams, Bryant Williams, Michael Taylor, Dwight McCastle, Charlie Sherrill, Kenton Dean, Justin George, Anthony Junco, Taran Black, Maxwell Polk, Robert Hester, Tyron Johnson, Dontarius Hale, Jasper Simmons, Victor Neese, Brian Koontz, Devodric McBride, Demetrius Johnson, Cordero Smith, Michael Jones, Eric Hamilton, Joseph Vestal, Brian King, Mark Franklin, Kevin Forte, Ben Blodgett, David Haggerty, Jeffery Melton, Karl McMillen, Justin Beasley, Terance Bishop, Barrett Buchannan, Tristian Todd, Jonathon Malay, Dominique Wiggins, Tyler Amendolare, Tyler Forshee, Zack Edwards, Chris Czapla, David Gordon, Daniel Slattery, George Smart, Michael Pugh, and Daniel Sigmen.
11. Junior Nationals Swimming Winner
David Penniman, a student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School, was recognized for winning the 50 and 100 yard butterfly strokes in State competition.
12. United States Tennis Association
Michael Anders, a student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School, was recognized for ranking 40th in the Boy’s 14’s category of the United States Tennis Association.
13. National Board Certified Teachers
The following teachers were recognized for recently earning National Board Certified Teaching Standards Certification: Joel Beck, West Florida High School, Nancy Bennett, Washington High, Suzanne Burlew, Lipscomb Elementary, Karen Clements, Ernest Ward Middle, Janice Courson, Tate High, Virginia Davenport, Weis Elementary, Elizabeth Dodd, West Florida High, Melissa Dorsett, Lipscomb, Judy Doucette, Ferry Pass Elementary, Pamela Elliott, N.B. Cook Elementary, Kathryn Gilliland, Pine Forest High, Sheila Harrington, N.B. Cook Elementary, Lucia Harvilchuck, Pensacola High, Angela McFarland, Pine Forest High, Jeannie Medlin, Workman Middle, Regina Powell, McArthur Elementary, Katherine Reynolds, McArthur Elementary, Leigh Ann Robinson, McMillan Prek, Diane Roumbus, Lincoln Park Elementary, Pamela Saxton, ESEAL, Theresa Simmons, Bellview Middle, Elsa Sjolander, N.B. Cook Elementary, Kathy Smith, Woodham High, Kay Smith, Woodham High, Carolyn Stallworth, Tate High, Paula Stillman, N.B. Cook Elementary, Sunday Tindell, Myrtle Grove Elementary, Beverly Vincent, Tate High, Melanie Ward, Ransom Middle, Mary Ann Waring, McArthur Elementary, and Karla Young, Lipscomb Elementary.
14. Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award
Michael Jones, a teacher in the International Baccalaureate Program at Pensacola High School, was recognized for being selected as the first runner-up for the Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award.
15. National 4-H Congress Representative
Ana Eligio, a student at Pensacola High School, was recognized for being selected to represent the State of Florida and Escambia County, at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.
16. Escambia County Academic All-Star Team
The following students were recognized for being selected to represent the School District on the Escambia County Academic All-Star team at the 19th Annual 2004 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge: Tim Hildebrand, Michael Lallemand, Judson Searcy, and Bala Kumar, Pensacola High; and KT Obermanns, and Michael Carty, Woodham High.
17. State Swimming Competition Winner
Morgan Farrell, a student at Washington High School, was recognized for not losing a single race during the swim season, and also for placing third in the 100 yard fly stroke and fourth in the 100 yard back stroke at the State Championship.
18. Washington High School Cross Country Team
The Washington High School Cross Country Team was recognized for placing either first, second, or third in ten meets during the fall 2003 season. The team was also recognized for placing first in the Esca-Rosa County Championship, second at the District and Regional Championships, and third at the State Championship. The following students are participants on the Washington High School Cross Country Team: Everett Whiteside is the team’s coach. Team members are: Eric Mayes, Mitchell Mason, Brian Hoover, Chris Thompson, Stef Ackerman, Tyler McEachern, and Daniel Godwin.
19. Skills USA Region I and USA Skills State Officers
The following Drafting and Design students from West Florida High School of Advanced Technology were recognized for being elected as officers for the Skills USA Region I and USA Skills State: Justin Colbert, President, Casey Nowlin, Vice President, Ashley Marchman, Secretary, Ryan Haney, Treasurer, Constance Courtney, Reporter, Kim Parenteau, Parliamentarian, Rose Bridges, State Good Will Ambassador, and Jonathan Colbert, State Awards Coordinator.
20. District Fair Art Show Winners
The following Washington High School students were recognized for receiving awards at the recent District I Fair Art Show: Amanda Miller and Leslie Richardson are the students’ teachers. Winning students were Lindy Entrekin, Samantha Marsh, Jamie McMillan, Jennifer Mihalic, David Norrborn, Bryan Paul, Sam Tyson, and Lyuba Yaresko.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m. A reception sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence followed the meeting.