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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Minutes Of board Meeting 2-15-2010

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 5:30 PM
All Board Members and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas present.

two Speakers addressed the board during Public Forum
Carissa Bergosh, NAS Pensacola School Liaison Officer, spoke about upcoming events in our schools
1 Speaker addressed the board and demonstrated mental gymnastics techniques—“Brain Gym” that she is using in her classrooms in Escambia County.
Pledge of Allegiance led by Lipscomb Elementary School Student McKenzie Fleming, with help fromer sisters Shelby and Katie
Recognition of PHS Football Team Class 3-A Champions
Recognition of PHS Academic Championship team
PTA Presentation—given by Kathie Lasky
Stellar Employee Recognition—Fond Philes, a 15 year employee of the district, currently serving as teacher assistant at Helen Caro Elementary School
Florida School Related Employee of the year, Barbara Baskett, 23 year teacher from Lipscomb Elementary School.
Half cent sales tax committee report and update given by Ashley Bodmer
Florida Innovative and technological principal of the year distinction awarded to Lesa Morgan from West Florida High School of Advanced Technology.
Tim Willis, band director from Bailey Middle School, was recognized for outstanding achievement by the Florida Bandmasters association
The Following resolutions were passed unanimously by the board
UWF Science and Engineering Facility—Approved 5-0
Dads in Schools Week—Approved 5-0
Military Recognition Day—approved 5-0
Rule adoptions:
Notice of Intent to Adopt Amendments to School District Rule 6GX17-4, Instruction Approved 5-0
Adoption by Resolution naming West Florida High School of Advanced Technology’s Baseball complex the “Marc Conti Baseball Complex” as approved by the West Florida High School of Advanced Technology Selection Committee at it’s December 17, 2009 meeting, and advertisement approved by the School Board at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 19, 2010. approved 5-0
Permission to Advertise:
Notice of Intent to Advertise to Amend School District Rule 6Gx17-5—Business Affairs, Approved 5-0
3 sets of December and January Board Meeting Minutes Approved, 5-0
Entire Consent Agenda Approved.
All Curriculum items approved
All Finance items approved
All Human Resources items Approved
(Note: two speakers spoke to the Board on the salary settlement issue, reporting that the ratification vote among the teacher’s union had taken place and the ratification passed by 95% to 5% margin)
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 afternoon and early evening of 2-10-2010 and the morning of 2-11-2010)
Board voted unanimously, 5-0, to accept the superintendent’s recommendation regarding the following:
Student recommendations:

26 Students disciplined as follows:
1 Student had previous expulsion recommendation overturned

25 Students Expelled
Infractions included:
10 Drug possession

5 Disruptive Behavior

2 attempted arson

4 possession of a weapon

1 fighting

4 Sexual Misconduct

4 Employee Recommendations by Superintendent approved unanimously by board, to include:

1 Employee terminated

1 Employee suspended without pay for 3 days

1 Employee suspended without pay pending conclusion of criminal case

1 Employee Mr. Stephen Eitling, former teacher from Pine Forest High School, appointed by the Superintendent to be the new IB Middle School Coordinator at Workman Middle School

Meeting adjourned at 7:07PM

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