Politics

Sheriff gives take on the budget (updated)

April 13, 2011

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office made its presentation to the Board of County Commissioners. He told the BOCC that his office budget has only increased $646,467 since 2007–only .008 percent. Five Year Budget Trends (in millions)…

Education News

New online tool for School District officials

April 13, 2011

Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas has announced that the school district will begin a new training program for deans and principals so that they can recognize the ages of the students involved in sex…

Buzz

Buzz: Lumpy DeWeese sets off security

April 13, 2011

Political power broker Lumpy DeWeese set off the special security at the reception for new Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons. Chip W. Simmons served as interim Chief of Police from June 2010 after John W. Mathis…

Politics

Gannett blasted for furloughs

April 13, 2011

The New York Times media columnist David Carr blasted Gannett execs for building their fat paychecks on the back of their workers. Gannett is owner of Bella and Pensacola’s daily newspaper. From the column: The top…

News

Doh!

April 13, 2011

Jim and Dorothy Sprague checked Sunday’s Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain and discovered they’d won $4.3 million in the Colorado Lottery. Then they learned the paper had made a mistake. “(It was) a case of going from rags…

Education

Curb School Violence Initiative

April 13, 2011

The Escambia County Public School District administration and the School Board need to recognize that the goals of improving academic performance and reducing student violence are tied to each other. We can not have good public…

Education

WMS violated Sunshine State Standards for History

April 13, 2011

According the Sunshine State Standards, middle school students are to be taught American History up to 1880. When the get to high school, the American History moves from the Reconstruction Era forward. The Florida Department of…

Escambia County

Bubba’s on Patrol, Part 2

April 13, 2011

In 2007, County Administrator George Touart and Sheriff Ron McNesby devised a plan to deputized the code enforcement officers. While the beefing up code enforcement in the unincorporated areas was much needed, the power went to…

Education

More on Becky bus ride

April 12, 2011

According to WMS parents, the interviews and reports regarding the infamous Becky bus ride don’t tell the whole story. The Becky Bus Ride happened on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 when the WMS boys’ basketball team played…

News

Brought to you by GoPensacola/Drink responsibly

April 12, 2011

I love irony. On the PNJ website, next to the story about the Hallmark principal’s DUI arrest are photos and links to GoPensacola.com’s sexiest server contest and weekend party pix. Maybe PNJ should add a “Drink…

Education

Comparative analysis of Juvenile Justice stats

April 12, 2011

There are two other medium-size school districts that have high referrals rates to the Department of Juvenile Justice–St. Lucie and Marion. I wanted to see how they handled the School Environmental Safety Incident Report (SESIR). Like…

Education

Juvenile Justice stats don’t match District report

April 12, 2011

The more I dig into crime and violence in Escambia County public schools, the more inconsistencies I find. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice published late last year “Delinquency in Florida’s Schools: A Six-Year Study (2004-05…