Thomas Retains Superintendent Job

November 7, 2012

Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was re-elected Tuesday nearly a 2-1 margin.

Republican Thomas received 64 percent of the vote to Democrat Claudia Brown-Curry’s 36 percent.

“I’m certainly happy with the results,” Thomas said. “For an incumbent to win another term is a validation that you have been doing the job you were elected to do.” Thomas said his number one priority will continue to be the children in the school district and a continued effort to make improvements.

“I look forward to continuing to protect the interest of the students in the district,” he said. “We have accomplished a lot in four years and will continue to work to become stronger and stronger.”


12 Responses to “Thomas Retains Superintendent Job”

  1. 429SCJ on November 9th, 2012 7:24 am

    It would be nice if Escambia County could fill it’s other political post, with individuals of Mr Thomas’s character and capabilities. Congratulations Sir.

  2. AL on November 8th, 2012 11:45 pm

    I think very highly of Mr. Thomas, as do my teacher friends and family. He is an honest, good, fair man and loves the kids of Escambia County. Talk to the state about the heavy emphasis on FCAT – Mr. Thomas is looking after the kids (fail the test, fail the grade) by pushing FCAT teaching as well as the teachers (your kids fail FCAT you get a lower or no raise).

    Welcome back, Mr. Thomas!

  3. KATHY on November 8th, 2012 8:21 am

    Congratulations, Mr Thomas! I have contacted you twice with issues and both times they were resolved. I never thanked you, but I did vote for you. YOU ARE AWESOME!

  4. MIKE 4894 on November 8th, 2012 7:58 am

    What does in mean some people vote color lines I do not understand?

  5. No Excuses on November 7th, 2012 3:39 pm

    At tru2D5,

    Untrue. He has the EXACT same credentials that I do. He was re-elected because he can do the job and do it well.

    Nurses are not under the school district – they are under either the county health service or the Public Health Service. They are always quick to let you know that they are not “school district” employees. Therefore, Mr. Thomas is not the one who pulled them out of the schools.

    Mr. Thomas is not responsible for NCLB or the high stakes FCAT test, but he is tasked with making sure those laws are followed and the students prepared to take the FCAT. If you want to blame him for something, pick an issue where he actually has a choice in the outcome! You’re just looking for things to throw at him.

  6. No Excuses on November 7th, 2012 3:25 pm

    Mr. Thomas has a thankless job. Many of you commenting on this blog have NO IDEA the laws, buracracy and minute details that the superintendent must follow, whether he likes it or not. I was a teacher in the Escambia system for 14 years before I took employment elsewhere, but I am still teaching! I am sincerely glad Mr. Thomas was re-elected – he is a good and fair (within his legal constraints) man and I think he’s done a wonderful job of running the district. I’m glad he’s in charge while my last child is finishing up public school.

    There is a segment of the employee population that is NEVER happy with the superintendent, regardless of who he or she may be! Try to give Mr. Thomas a fair shake before believing everything these naysayers have to say.

  7. tru2d5 on November 7th, 2012 3:18 pm

    He won because no one qualified ran against him. School district insurance benefits are the worst in the state. He took full time nurses out of schools. We now have “trained” teacher aides and secretaries handling medical emergencies and dispensing medications. We pre-test, practice test, county created test, etc. to the point that by the time a student takes the “real” test they are exhausted and over it. We give schools funding for technology, then don’t supply the training on how to efficiently use it or the funding to keep it maintained (bulbs, toner, etc.). We have taken local food vendors out of scools. Papa Johns can’t sell pizza during lunches, but the school cafeterias can make their own and sell it… apparently that is healthier? We attempt to meet class size regulations by putting 40 kids in a class and adding a “co-teacher”. Then stick 50 kids in a PE class. Like thats not a safety and supervision issue and that there is “no child left behind”.

    Just like David Morgan and Wilson Robertson… he was re-elected because no one qualified for the position ran against him.

  8. Molino Lady on November 7th, 2012 1:40 pm

    This is a good and fair man. His qualifications are far-reaching. Remember some people vote along color lines,

  9. Devastating Dave on November 7th, 2012 9:12 am

    PSU1Earl and Taxpayer!! already said it, so I’ll just give them a thumbs up.

  10. PSU1Earl on November 7th, 2012 8:32 am

    He lost a thrid of the vote to his challenger who essentially did not campaign. He must have spend a good amount of change too. So, when is he going to sell all those vacant schools and buy the kids some new books?… Thats his job right? or is it real estate mogul?

  11. Taxpayer!! on November 7th, 2012 6:10 am

    He may have won, but he must know there are a lot of people that are not happy with him. Claudia took a big chuck of the vote from him. If he would only listen to his employees instead of he’s upper management, maybe he could make a difference within the district. He stripped away the employee’s health insurance while stock piling millions of dollars that he is still setting on till this day. Our insurance is the laughing stock of the county. I know a lot of people will say that they wish they had health insurance, that there employer does not offer it and so on. The insurance was one thing that brought people to work for the district. The only thing I can say is that our pay is so low that when a blue collar job opens in the district, no one will apply for it. The district made up for low pay with a good benefits package but now that he has destroyed the benefits nobody is lining up to work for us. I didn’t vote for him and I am sure a lot of other district employees and their families/friends didn’t either. That’s why Claudia took so many votes. Terrible Superintendent, Terrible Schools, Tai Mahal for our headquarters Wasting millions on the workers backs.

  12. nuthill on November 7th, 2012 4:59 am

    So thankful to have a leader who is also a Godly man.

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