Full-time employees with the Escambia County school system will receive a bonus, following action by the Board of Education in their meeting Thursday, October 25.
Board member Chuck Brooks introduced the agenda item.
“I first came up with this idea. I brought it in to Ms. [CFO Julie] Madden to see if it was possible,” Brooks said. “I would like to recommend that we give a one-time bonus of $350 to all full-time employees effective December 12.”
All board members spoke in favor of the action, praising the employees and pointing out that the school personnel had not had a raise since the 2007-2008 school year. Superintendent Randall Little said that he would not be receiving the bonus, but all other full-time employees would. The board unanimously approved the bonuses.
Nancy Helton, director of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, or HIPPY as it is known, along with program coordinator Lynette Penner addressed the BOE. Their purpose was to report the progress made by the program in the last year.
“HIPPY is now in 32 counties in Alabama,” Helton said. “It began in Israel in 1969 as a way to help parents become more involved in their children’s education. In Escambia County, the program helps 80 students, including four Spanish-speaking students. The program empowers the parents and gives the kids the tools to succeed.”
The HIPPY program uses role-playing and lesson plans to help underprivileged and low-scoring preschoolers get off to a better start in school.
In other action, the BOE elected board chairman W.J. Grissett as its delegate to the 2012 Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) delegate assembly.
Several BOE members were singled out for recognition from the AASB. Superintendent Little presented framed certificates to board members for achieving varying levels of training from the AASB.
Danny Benjamin received level one, Sherry Digmon and Cindy Jackson level two, Jack Crutchfield level three, Michael Goolsby masters level and W. J. Grissett masters level honor roll, the highest level a school board member can achieve.
The board approved various consent items, including continuous improvement plans for all schools, approval of the fiscal year 2013 capital plan, approval of the 2013 textbook committee and approval for supplemental educational services at Escambia County High School and Escambia County Middle School.
The financial statement was presented by chief financial officer Julie Madden. Madden reported a balance of $11.17 million, $1.17 million better than expected.
It was reported the long time central office secretary Margarett Scott was retiring. Benjamin expressed thanks from the board for her excellent and faithful service.
Some discussion occurred regarding the November election and the three BOE seats to be decided.
The November meeting was set for November 29, at which time newly elected or re-elected board members will be sworn in.