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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Massive, Expansive Public Records Request Made of District Officials RE: Newpoint Investigation...

I have been notified, via the below email, that I am to turn over everything requested regarding the Newpoint investigation (emails, notes, text message screen shots, blog posts, blog comments, and any other written documents in my possession regarding this investigation)  I am currently gathering all of this documentation and I will be turning it all over to our Board’s attorney, Donna Waters, this week.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Donna Waters
To: Jeffrey Bergosh
Cc: Jackie Dwelle , Malcolm Thomas , Norm Ross , Sharon Goshorn
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:03:16 -0500
Subject: Fwd: Public Records Request #486
Good Morning:

Ms. Lovett of Newpoint has made the attached public records request. I have conferred with the Superintendent and the State Attorney, and they concur with my opinion that these records are not exempt from Public Records disclosure.  Please forward me all such documents in your possession (including, but not limited to, emails, letters, blog posts, etc.) and I will review and redact them as appropriate, then forward them to Ms. Dwelle, who is coordinating the response.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Donna Sessions Waters
General Counsel
Escambia County School Board
75 North Pace Boulevard
Pensacola, Florida 32505

Portion of the email requesting the records, below:

“As a result of the allegations raised against Newpoint Pensacola, we will be hiring an external investigator to do a complete and thorough investigation of the allegations raised.  Because this investigation will be intensive and look at all aspects, we are including here a public records request.

Pursuant to the Public Records Act, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, we are requesting the following:

All emails and any other correspondence and all written documentation that is related to or 

references Newpoint Pensacola Academy or High School, Five Flags Academy or Newpoint Education Partners from or to, or in the possession of, the following individuals for the date range of January 1, 2015 through April 3, 2015:

Malcolm Thomas, Superintendent
Steve Marcanio, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction
Vickie Mathis, Director, Alternative Education
Susan Rigby, Alternative Education
Kerri Coots, Alternative Education
Jeff Bergosh, Escambia County School Board Member

You are welcome to send these documents and emails electronically.  However, should copies need to be made, we are happy to pay the 15 cents per page as allowed by statute.”

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