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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Minutes of Board Meeting(s) 11-18-08

I am posting these minutes to expedite information dissemination. Much more complete and detailed minutes will be posted in 4-6 weeks on the school district’s website. In the mean time, these minutes are what I feel were the big “takeaways”, a macro look at my impression of the meeting. These are condensed, abbreviated, shortened, and to the point.

Two meetings were held-the first was a special installation meeting for the newly elected Board Members and the newly elected Superintendent. This meeting began at 6:05.

Linda Moultrie installed as Board Member for district 3.

Bill Slayton installed as Board Member for district 5.

Patty Hightower installed as Board Member for district 4.

Malcolm Thomas installed as Superintendent of Schools for Escambia County.

After the installation ceremony, the organizational meeting took place.

Patty Hightower voted Chair for the third straight year (nominated by Bill Slayton.)

Gerald Boone was voted Vice-chair (nominated by Patty Hightower.)

Regular meeting times were set and regular workshop times were set, no changes to current schedule.

Organizational/Installation meeting adjourned at 6:42 for a reception sponsored by the Escambia Education Association.

7:05 regular meeting begins

All Board Members present.

Public Forum: No Speakers

State Winners from Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention, Lynsey Meharg and Austin Courson recognized for their achievements.

PTA Presentation—given by Cindy Gerhardt

Stellar District Employee Recognition goes to Warehouse Employee Brian Tracy.
Board adopted the resolution recognizing “Education Staff Professionals” ESPs

Rule adoptions:

Revisions to School District Rule 6Gx17-7.09 Student Progression Plan (semester credit) approved 5-0

Permission to advertise rules for adoption:

1. Revisions to School District Chapter 5- Business Services, approved for advertisement 5-0
2. Revisions to School District Rule 6Gx 17-7.09-Student Progression Plan
approved for advertisement 5-0

2 sets of minutes from October Board meetings approved

Entire Consent Agenda Approved.

All Curriculum items approved
All Finance items approved
All Purchasing items approved

All Operations items approved

(Entire Consent Agenda was thoroughly covered and discussed at length during a meticulous, deliberative 4.5 hour board workshop held during the morning of 11/14/2008)

Board voted to accept the superintendent’s recommendation regarding the following:

3 Employees Terminated
1 Employee re-assigned with pay
Note: One Speaker (Daisy Proctor) addressed the board on behalf of one of the employees recommended for termination by the Superintendent. Mrs. Proctor asked the board for compassion and a second chance for the employee in question. Board listened to Mrs. Proctor and then voted 5-0 to accept the superintendent's recommendation for termination.

14 Student recommendations submitted by the Superintendent and accepted by board.

11 Expulsions
2 Suspensions
1 recommended hearing order adoption

Meeting adjourned at 8:08.

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