Jim Paul was a better superintendent than Malcolm Thomas

In his last full year in office (2007-08), School Superintendent Jim Paul had 20 ‘A’ schools. Of his 34 elementary schools, 19 were ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools – 56 percent. Four of his nine middle schools earned ‘A’s and two earned ‘B’s–combined two-thirds of the middle schools. Of his seven high schools, three were ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools.

His predecessor, Jim May, had 14 ‘A’ and 2 ‘B’ schools his final full year, 1999-2000. Of his 32 elementary schools, 15 were ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools – 47 percent.He had one ‘A’ and six ‘C’ middle schools and all seven high schools earned ‘C’s.

For FY 2018, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas only has eight ‘A’ schools. Of his 31 elementary schools, 11 were ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools – 34 percent. One of his nine middle schools earned an ‘A’ and one earned a ‘B’–combined 22 percent. Of his six high schools, he had one ‘A’ and one ‘B.’

The decline under Thomas has been steep. The gains made under Jim Paul have evaporated.

Thomas has improved the high school graduation rate over the past few years, but he has done it with students that entered the district’s elementary schools under the Jim Paul administration.

The next superintendent will have to figure out how to increase graduations among students that have been taught in some of the lowest performing elementary and middle schools in the state.

Thomas Paul May
Elementary 2018 2008 2000
HELLEN CARO A A A
N. B. COOK A B B
CORDOVA PARK A A A
SCENIC HEIGHTS A A B
A. K. SUTER A A A
MOLINO PARK ELEMENTARY A A
JIM ALLEN B A C
BRATT B A A
PINE MEADOW B A A
R. C. LIPSCOMB B A A
BLUE ANGELS B A
BELLVIEW C B C
FERRY PASS C C A
MONTCLAIR C A D
MYRTLE GROVE C C C
PLEASANT GROVE C A A
O. J. SEMMES C C D
LINCOLN PARK C D C
L. D. MCARTHUR C B A
BEULAH C A A
BRENTWOOD D A A
ENSLEY D B C
NAVY POINT D F C
OAKCREST D D C
SHERWOOD D A C
WARRINGTON D C C
C. A. WEIS D C D
WEST PENSACOLA D D C
REINHARDT HOLM D D C
LONGLEAF D C A
GLOBAL LEARNING ACADEMY D
Thomas Paul May
Middle 2018 2008 2000
BROWN BARGE A A C
RANSOM B A C
ERNEST WARD C A C
J. H. WORKMAN C B C
JIM C. BAILEY C A A
BELLVIEW D C C
WARRINGTON D D C
WOODHAM D C
FERRY PASS I B B
Thomas Paul May
High 2018 2008 2000
WEST FLORIDA A A
J. M. TATE SENIOR B C C
PENSACOLA C C C
PINE FOREST C D C
WASHINGTON SENIOR C B C
NORTHVIEW C B C
ESCAMBIA I D C
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4 thoughts on “Jim Paul was a better superintendent than Malcolm Thomas

  1. The issue should be finding good and qualified candidates that will be supported by the “cast of usual political donor suspects” to mount a campaign for superintendent. Malcolm Thomas hasn’t had a credibly qualified opponent in his last 2 elections.

  2. A good man who made a bad decision in the pre-Uber days. However, the numbers speak for themselves. The district was improving under Paul. It was also more transparent.

  3. Until we stop making it possible for anyone who can fog a mirror to be elected and start doing national search for the best candidates not much is going to change. Good intentions don’t make you a qualified superintendent

  4. I miss Jim Paul.

    He should have taken a cab from the casino to his hotel in Tampa…

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