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Board members recognized

By By ANNA M. LEE Assistant Editor
The Escambia County School Board met Thursday, Jan. 22 to show appreciation for school board members and discuss other issues pertaining to the administration of schools in the county.
Flomaton Middle School principle David Curran gave a presentation to the board showing thanks from the middle and elementary school staffs.
Linda Godwin with the enrichment program presented board members with a video of thanks from her students.
In other business, the board agreed to renew Powell's contract as superintendent for two more years at his current salary.
The board discussed establishing a new policy for evaluating the superintendent and decided to develop a policy to be used with Powell's successor.
School board member Jack D. Crutchfield expressed concerns about the county's uniform policy.
In defense of the uniform policy, Powell said, "I think it makes our kids look dressier. I think they feel better about themselves to be dressed up."
Proponents of the uniform policy say that it reduces discipline problems, improves academic performance and reduces economic class differences among children.
The board's suggestion was to have the uniform policy committee meet and address concerns.
In other new business, the board voted to approve a bid to purchase buses from Ward International Trucks, Inc. at a cost of $51,939.
Finally, the board adjourned to an executive session to discuss personnel recommendations.