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Brantley takes helm at RPES


John Brantley is the new principal at Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective July 17, 2017. In regular meeting Thursday, July 13, the Escambia County Board of Education, on recommendation of Superintendent John Knott, voted to transfer Brantley from the principal’s position at A.C. Moore Elementary to principal at RP.

Last month the board voted to consolidate A.C. Moore with Rachel Patterson and Escambia County Middle School. Sandra Reid had been serving as interim principal at Rachel Patterson while continuing her duties as elementary curriculum supervisor with the school system.

In his remarks about the consolidation at the board meeting, Knott said, “It’s going extremely, extremely smooth.”

The superintendent said he met with personnel last week and has been working to determine where everyone will go in the coming school year which begins in early August.

“Teachers, everybody, is ready to go. Everybody is on board,” Knott said.

He added that the transportation department is developing plans for reorganizing routing.

In other business, the board

* heard a review of the monthly financial statement by Chief School Financial Officer Julie Madden. Unreserved fund balance is $12.76 million with 4.05 months operating reserve. Madden reminded the board that expenses are always higher in the summer due to maintenance at the schools.

* approved the salary schedule

* approved the CNP Equipment Bid# 2017-4 to Hotel & Restaurant Supply for a bottom line amount of $41,549.

* approved the CNP Beverage Bid# 2017-5 to Trident Beverage / Juice Alive in the amount of $10,799.14.