BOE extends COVID-19 paid sick leave

Published 11:37 am Thursday, September 2, 2021

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The Escambia County Schools board of education adopted a resolution to extend COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) during its special-called meeting on Aug. 27.

The resolution falls under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) extending under the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021.

The resolution is effective Aug. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2021.

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In other business, the board:

• heard a presentation of the fiscal year 2020 audit by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts;

• approved to revise the 2021-22 salary schedule;

• approved to revise the 2021-22 supplement salary schedule; and,

• approved the following personnel recommendations;

Leave of absence

• Paula Stone, as special education instructional aide at Escambia County Middle School;


• LeAnn Pepper, as special education teacher at ECMS, effective Aug. 27;

• Amber Leigh Ann Rowland, as elementary teacher at Flomaton Elementary School, effective Sept. 1;

• Tracy Jernigan, as office aide at Escambia County Career Readiness Center, effective Sept. 10;


• Casey McKinnon, as registered nurse at Escambia County High School, effective Sept. 1;

• Jordan Bowens, as teacher aide at ECMS, effective Aug. 24;

• Blakely Barton, as teacher aide at ECMS, effective Aug. 30, replacing Rhecy Currie;

• Marissa White, as teacher aide at FES, effective Aug. 30;

• Skylar Crawford, as special education instructional aide at FES, effective Aug. 30, replacing Melissa Cosey;

• Robin Barrows, as teacher aide at Huxford Elementary School, effective Aug. 30;

Employment change

• Gina Nall, as reading specialist at FES, to academic interventionist at Flomaton High School, effective Sept. 6;

• Yvette Watkins, as instructional teacher aide (185 days) at ECHS, to school based social worker (202 contract days) at ECHS, effective Sept. 1; and,


• Walton Nichols, as business management teacher at ECHS, effective Aug. 30, replacing Stephanie Buitron.