Education Escambia County Politics

Buzz: Pastor May picks up packet to run for School Superintendent

March 13, 2012

Rev. Lutimothy May picked up this afternoon a packet from the Supervisor of Elections office to file for the Superintendent of Schools. May ran unsuccessfully for the Escambia County School Board in 2006.

In 2009 and 2010, his church, Friendship Missionary Baptist, tried to purchase the closed Brownsville Middle School, but was rebuffed by the current superintendent who refused to take his church’s last offer to the board. Since then, the school has been vandalized several times and its A/C units have been stripped of all copper. The word we have received is that Thomas plans to demolish the school after the general election, since it has lost so much value since 2009.

In August 2011, Rev. May put together a new board to keep alive the A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence, after the original company approved by Superintendent Thomas and the School Board failed to reach pass the FCAT and had financial difficulties. A recent federal audit cited the School District for not giving Dixon its Title 1 funds during its first school year.

Here is the finding from the federal audit:

The A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence, a District-sponsored charter school, opened for the first time in August 2010 and, based on the charter school’s actual enrollment, the school was entitled to $62,658 of Title I program funds. However, due to an oversight by District Title I program personnel, the District did not allocate the funds to the school during the 2010-11 fiscal year. Failure to allocate the Title I program funds to the charter school resulted in eligible students at the charter school not receiving program services to which they were entitled.

May would not commit to when he will turn in his paperwork, but he said that several people in the community–black and white– have asked him to file.

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  • Lonnie Wesley March 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Pastor May is my friend, so I thought I would tell you of the credentials that I know of. (OBTW, all that I did not know I just googled). He has degrees from: Concordia College (A. A.), Selma, Alabama, where he was the S.G.A President; UWF (B. A.); and Morehouse College (M. Div.) Atlanta.
    He’s Been Certified by the State of Florida with a Teaching Certificate. He has taught within the Escambia County School District (middle school and high school) and is currently an adjunct instructor at UWF. He’s very knowledgeable of today’s transition between high school and college.
    He is currently Assistant Director of Student Support Services at UWF with a focus on students with disabilities, low income and first generational college students.
    He is a past Chair of the School Advisory Board of PHS.
    He has volunteered time to the following local boards (these are just the ones that I know of):
    Rebuild Northwest Florida, Community Maritime Park, PSC Foundation, Escambia County Board of Adjustments, City of Pensacola’s SBE AD Hoc Committee, Ballet Pensacola, Escambia Charter School of Excellence, Waterfront Mission and his non-profit tutors students on the FCAT every weekend.
    There are many other qualifications that Mr. May has that makes him the best choice for Superintendent, but his ability to get others to work for a common goal that betters the community is what sets him apart from others (in my opinion). No matter how challenging the task, Pastor May understands that there is strength when a community is pulled together, rather than fragmented apart.

  • Eric2 March 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Another qualification is that he is chairman of the board at a charter school for at risk youth, a charter school that is making a huge improvement this year.

  • observer March 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

    From what I’ve read, Reverend May has a degree from UWF and a Master’s in Divinity from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

  • Jon McCollough March 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I am just as pleased as everyone else at the prospect of getting rid of Malcolm Thomas, who has proved to be a liar, a bigot, and a horrible administrator who likes to play games with public money.


    Exactly what are Mr. May’s qualifications? I respect what he has accomplished but what are his credentials?

  • Teresa March 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I wouldn’t vote for Brown anyway. She was on the school board a few years back and didn’t make to much of a deference then. May on the other hand…he been all action in the community these days!

  • North Escambia Resident March 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    What about Claudia Curry-Brown? I thought she was running also.

  • Teresa March 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    And things just got interesting! I look forward to hearing his plan. The Rev certainly has a great ability to bring people together and get things done quickly.

  • George Hawthorne March 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Excellent. Reverand May will have my support and vote!

  • Patrick B March 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Finally! Someone who actually cares about ALL students in the district! Good Luck Pastor May! Kudos to you for stepping up to the plate…

  • Cal Robinson March 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This is excellent news. I’ve been wondering who would step up and run against Malcolm Thomas.

    Thank you!

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