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School system employees to receive pay from 1999 work

By By JOHN WALLACE
Staff Writer
Better late than never.
Four summer employees of the Escambia County School System will finally receive payment for work they did during the 1999-2000 school year.
Raymond Robinson, Tommie Thomas and Norman Henderson worked four hours a day for 24 days and were told they would be paid $6 an hour with High Hopes funds.
Mason Stabler worked four hours a day for 24 days and was told he would be paid $13 an hour with High Hopes funds.
Superintendent Melvin F. "Buck" Powell explained to board members that former Superintendent Dr. Margaret Breland-Bradley said the four summer employees would be paid with monies from the High Hopes Fund.
Powell recommended paying the four summer employees.
Board member W.J. Grissett asked why the board is just now dealing with the issue of paying these employees.
Powell said he was waiting to receive a letter from former Escambia County High School Principal Terrence Mixon before addressing the issue.
The board voted unanimously in favor of paying the four employees.
In other business, the board initially approved Board Policy Tab 400 No. 431 Supplements and Board Policy Tab 900 No. 966a Homework (Amended to Tab 700 No. 732). However, when the board members realized the proposed policies had not "sat on the table" for 30 days they rescinded the vote that approved the policies. The board will address the policies at its next meeting.
Also, the board introduced Board Policy Tab 1000 No. 1045 Gifted Education Program.
In other business, the board members voted to:
reinstate sick leave for Fred Gandy, a custodian at Flomaton Elementary School and Flomaton Middle School, for five days on Feb. 8 and Feb. 12 through Feb. 15, 2001 due to an on-the-job injury;
approve Board Policy Tab 800 No. 864b PEPE and
accept the low bid of $12,985 submitted by Maranatha Heating and Cooling for two 10-ton air conditioning units at Rachel Patterson Elementary School.