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Bense contract extended

Bense contract extended

Today, the University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to keep Dr. Judith Bense as the President of the University of West Florida until Dec. 31, 2016. The extended term, together with changes to the provisions of her contract relating to her return to faculty after Dec. 31, 2016, are set [...]

University of West Florida Upcoming Events March 22-28

University of West Florida Upcoming Events March 22-28

Here are the upcoming events at the University of West Florida. Title: UWF Artificial Intelligence Research Group presents Dr. Kenneth Ford Date: March 24 Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Details: The University of West Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Group (AIRG) will host Dr. Kenneth Ford, [...]

PS Podcast: Dr. Kerrigan explains importance of PATS Center

PS Podcast: Dr. Kerrigan explains importance of PATS Center

On Pensacola Speaks, I spoke with Dr. Pat Kerrigan, who served as the principal of Brown-Barge Middle School and the PATS Center until her retirement in 2011. She talked about how the PATS Center actually brought more state dollars into the school district and helped recruit students back to public [...]

PS Friday, March 20 edition: PATS, Pot and Posting Up

PS Friday, March 20 edition: PATS, Pot and Posting Up

On Pensacola Speaks today, I will talk with Dr. Pat Kerrigan, who served as the principal of Brown-Barge Middle School and the PATS Center before her retirement in 2011. I will also have Ryan Wiggins, owner of and chief strategist for Full Contact Strategies. We will take about the [...]

PS Podcast: Mollye Barrows talks about PATS Center cover up

PS Podcast: Mollye Barrows talks about PATS Center cover up

On Pensacola Speaks, I spoke with Pensacola Today investigative report Mollye Barrows and parent Wendy Underhill on the cover up regarding the PATS Center. Barrows has uncovered district emails that revealed Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has been secretly planning the closure of the PATS Center [...]

UWF Downtown Lecture Series: Sebastian Junger

UWF Downtown Lecture Series: Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed author, will present a lecture on international reporting and the impact of war across the globe on Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce, located at 201 East Zaragoza St. in [...]

Has Malcolm Thomas been caught in a lie?

Has Malcolm Thomas been caught in a lie?

In February, when the controversy over the possible closure of the PATS Center heated up, School Board member Jeff Bergosh, in a board workshop, asked Superintendent Malcolm Thomas why the board had not been kept informed of possible changes in the program for gifted students. Thomas said, [...]

PS Podcast: Patty Hightower on school safety

PS Podcast: Patty Hightower on school safety

On Pensacola Speaks, Patty Hightower, president of the Florida School Board Association and Escambia Co. School Board chairperson discussed HB 19, a measure that would allow school employees to carry guns in public schools. We also talked about school safety in Escambia County since the Sand Hook [...]

Thomas continues word games to avoid Sunshine laws and meaningful discussion of gifted programs

Thomas continues word games to avoid Sunshine laws and meaningful discussion of gifted programs

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has taken the position that the Program for Academically Talented Students Center, commonly referred to as the PATS Center, is not a program -even though "program" is in its name. He says that the PATS Center is a delivery system for gifted students, not a school [...]

Thomas changes to Gifted advisory to working group to avoid district transparency rules

Thomas changes to Gifted advisory to working group to avoid district transparency rules

At today's school board workshop, School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas told the board to that he would rename the Advisory Council for Gifted to a working group after a parent objected to the group's composition and requested more transparency and openness. The Advisory Council for Gifted was [...]

Gov. Scott in Pensacola Monday

Gov. Scott to Present School Recognition Funding to Escambia County Schools PENSACOLA, Fla. – Tomorrow, March 16, Governor Rick Scott will present school recognition funding awards to Escambia County schools at Blue Angels Elementary School. What: School Funding [...]

University of West Florida Upcoming Events, March 15-21, 2015

Here are the upcoming events at the University of West Florida: Title: Women’s Studies Conference Date: March 16 Time: All Day Details: Women’s Studies Collective at UWF will host the 14th Annual Women’s Studies Conference on March 16 in the UWF Conference Center. The event is free [...]

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