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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Minutes of Board Meeting 8-18-2009

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.

Meeting convened at 5:31 PM

All Board Members and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas present.

Pledge of Allegiance led by rising 2nd Grade N.B. Cook Elementary School Student Madeline Bryan

No Speakers addressed the board during Public Forum

PTA Presentation—given by Kathy Lasky

Stellar Employee Recognition—John Beasley, a 34 year employee of the district, currently serving as supervisor for the grounds crew.

Recognition of 13 “Florida Five Star Schools”

Jim Allen Elementary
Beulah Elementary
Bratt Elementary
Helen Caro Elementary
N.B. Cook Elementary
Cordova Park Elementary
Ensley Elementary
R.C. Lipscomb Elementary
Navy Point Elementary
Pleasant Grove Elementary
Scenic Heights Elementary
A.K. Suter Elementary School
Warrington Elementary

Barbara Linker and her staff were recognized for their excellence in financial reporting with two different national awards.

Standards of Behavior Committee introduced, work product described, and each board member and the superintendent signed a copy of the final product. Additionally, a full sized banner of the standards of behavior was signed by the superintendent, board members, and most of the school district staff in attendance.

Rule adoptions: None

Permission to Advertise:

1. Notice of Intent to advertise to Adopt Amendments to School District Rule 6Gx17-1 Approved 5-0

Administrative Appointments, all approved by unanimous 5-0 vote:

1) Robert Doss from Teacher/ West Florida H.S. to Director II Transportation, 12 Month Position

2) Jefferson Garthwaite from Principal, Carver Century, to Coordinator I, Stimulus

3) Janet Penrose, from Dean, Bailey Middle School, to Assistant Principal, Bailey Middle School

4) Sandy Edwards from Director, Comprehensive Planning, to Director, comprehensive planning Elementary Education effective 7/1/09, 12 month position

6 sets of June/July Board Meeting Minutes Approved, 5-0

Entire Consent Agenda Approved.

All Curriculum items approved

All Finance items approved

All Human Resources items Approved (Item C. 3. a. Risk Management, approval of Escambia County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer Contract approved 4-0, with Linda Moultrie abstaining due to the fact that she is currently employed by the Sheriff’s Department.

All Purchasing items approved

All Operations items approved

(Entire Consent Agenda was meticulously covered and discussed at length during two thorough school board workshops held during the early afternoon and evening of 8-13-2009 and 8-14 2009)

Board voted unanimously, 5-0, to accept the superintendent’s recommendation regarding the following:

Student recommendations:None

Employee Recommendations by Superintendent approved unanimously by board 5-0, to include:

3 employees suspended without pay

Meeting adjourned at 6:28P.

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