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Parent challenges decision to hire yet another consultant in school system

Parent challenges decision to hire yet another consultant in school system

From a Concerned Parent: Opinion... Warrington Middle Consultant Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm, please tell me that the use of our tax payer funds, $375,000 in this case, is being reported as being spent on a consulting firm that is actually a single individual, who was apparently a successful [...]

Public forum for School Board District 3 race, Aug. 9

Public forum for School Board District 3 race, Aug. 9

The candidates running for District 3 School Board seat will be in a debate Aug. 9, 9 -11 a.m. It will be held at ACTS Life Center, 2101 N. Pace Blvd.

Another school district switches buses to CNG

Another school district switches buses to CNG

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas turned down two years ago Pensacola Energy's appeal to switch his buses to compressed natural gas. Other districts are much more progressive and environmental conscious. Leon County made the switch in 2012. They reduced fuel costs for the school district's bus fleet [...]

Gulf Power and IHMC sign up for STEM Summer Residency Program

Gulf Power and IHMC sign up for STEM Summer Residency Program

Governor Rick Scott announced today that 19 Florida companies – including Florida IHMC and Gulf Power – are interesting in taking part in the Governor’s new STEM teacher summer residency initiative. The initiative is part of the Governor’s “Jobs for the Next Generation” policy and will [...]

Achievement gap recommendations fail to force school district to look in the mirror

Achievement gap recommendations fail to force school district to look in the mirror

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has a problem. His schools have failed to educate a vast number of the students in his district. He and the school board formed the Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force, made up of city, county, community and school district [...]

Cool idea: CoderDoJo comes to Pensacola

Cool idea: CoderDoJo comes to Pensacola

UWF Innovation Institute joins CoderDoJo movement, hosts programming classes for kids Twice a month, the University of West Florida Innovation Institute is hosting a CoderDojo programming class for kids ages 7-17 to engage in a fun learning experience where they will learn how to code, develop [...]

UWF Foundation names new CFO, 2014 -2015 Board of Directors

UWF Foundation names new CFO, 2014 -2015 Board of Directors

University of West Florida Foundation, Inc. recently announced a new Chief Financial Officer, Daniel Lucas as well as its 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors. Daniel Lucas serves as CFO of the UWF Foundation, Inc. where he oversees the Foundation’s stewardship and acceptance of private gifts and [...]

Escambia County students score slightly higher than state averages in EOC assessments

The Escambia County public schools scored slightly higher than state averages for End-of-Course Assessments:   Algebra District Name Grade Number of Students (First-Time Testers) Mean Scale Score Percentage Passing (Level 3 or [...]

Global Learning Academy prinicipal leaving

Global Learning Academy prinicipal leaving

Sheree Cagle announced on Facebook this past weekend that she is leaving Global Learning Academy, the school she helped open two years, and has   accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent in another district. "I am excited and sad at the same time," wrote Cagle. "Thanks to everyone who [...]

Bus driver slapping child points to dysfunction in school district

Bus driver slapping child points to dysfunction in school district

The Cottons son told them that his school driver had hit him. When they appealed to the Escambia County Public School District for help, the parents were told they had to talk with Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, but the superintendent would not return their call. Their son, a nine-year-old [...]

EYJC reports on special school board workshop on new student handbook

EYJC reports on special school board workshop on new student handbook

The Escambia Youth Justice Coalition (EYJC) emailed to its supporters this recap of Monday's Special Workshop on the new student handbook. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas had tried to push his draft through the school board without much input from them or the public. The board instead voted to hold [...]

UWF retired athletic director Berg named to Gulf South Conference Hall of Fame

UWF retired athletic director Berg named to Gulf South Conference Hall of Fame

Richard Berg, the University of West Florida Athletic Director from 1988-2005, has been named to the inaugural Gulf South Conference Hall of Fame class. The GSC Hall of Fame is 45 years in the making and features five former student-athletes, three administrators and two head coaches in the [...]

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