The School Board of Escambia County, Florida, convened in Special 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:


Chair:   Ms. Linda Finkelstein     

Vice Chair:   Mrs. Cary Stidham 


Board Members:  Mrs. Carissa Bergosh

Mr. Ronnie L. Clark

Dr. John DeWitt


School Board Attorney:    Mr. Francisco M. Negron, Jr. (was not present)


Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Jim Paul





Ms. Finkelstein called the Special Meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.




On motion by Dr. DeWitt, seconded by Mrs. Stidham, adoption of the agenda was approved unanimously.   




Strategic Planning Process


(NOTE: Mr. Ted Kirchharr, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, and Mr. Mark Pursell, Director of Maintenance, served as facilitators for this particular segment of the Special Meeting.)  Mr. Pursell began with a brief review of the strategic plans from other entities and a review of the history behind the District’s strategic plan.  Board Members and the Superintendent then participated in an interactive process to determine their definition of a strategic plan.  Mr. Kirchharr stated that their ideas would be compiled and then presented at the March 26, 2003 Special Meeting.  Mr. Pursell reviewed the District’s current mission statement and strategic aims.  Board Members and the Superintendent then participated in an activity, which determined that there was no consensus among them, with regard to the current mission statement, however there was consensus regarding the current strategic aims.  Mr. Kirchharr stated that the March 26, 2003 Special Meeting would involve activities to begin the development of a new mission statement for the District.   Board Members and the Superintendent were then asked to write down specific goals that would fall under each of the current strategic aims.  Those goals were compiled and it was then determined that there was consensus among Board Members and the Superintendent regarding the list of goals.  Mr. Kirchharr stated that the March 26, 2003 Special Meeting would involve an activity to determine the “rank order” of each of the goals that were listed.


Budget Process


(NOTE: The 2003-2004 Budget Process was previously addressed at the February 26, 2003 Special Meeting.)  Mrs. Barbara Linker, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Affairs, reviewed information provided to the Board in response to questions that several of them had posed regarding budgetary issues. (Supplementary Minute Book, Exhibit “A”) 

The Board expressed their desire for the Superintendent to present budget reduction proposals in the near future.  




Prior to adjournment, the Board recognized Mr. Bob Husbands, Executive Director of Escambia NEA UniServe, who requested that the Board add an item entitled “Update from the Compensation Task Force,” to the March 24, 2003 Special Meeting agenda.  The Board collectively agreed to add the requested item to that particular agenda.


There being no further business, the Regular Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.


Attest:                 Approved:


Superintenden          Chair