Newly Appointed Escambia School Superintendent, Two Board Members Sworn In

November 18, 2020

Escambia County’s new superintendent and two board members were sworn in Tuesday night.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith was appointed by the board. In November 2018, Escambia County citizens voted to move from an elected to an appointed superintendent. Malcolm Thomas, who was an elected superintendent, has now retired.

Smith was an executive area director of high schools in Orange County, Florida, which has 212,000 students. His direct responsibility was for 10 high schools with a combined student population of 30,000 students. There are about 40,000 students in the entire Escambia County district. He has also served as a principal at the middle and high school levels.

District 4 school board member Patty Hightower and District 5 member Bill Slayton were sworn in for another four years on the board. Both were reelected with no opposition.

Pictured: The oaths of office were given Tuesday night to Escambia County School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith (top), District 5 board member Bill Slayton (below) and District 4 member Patty Hightower (bottom). Photos for, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “Newly Appointed Escambia School Superintendent, Two Board Members Sworn In”

  1. Bonnie Exner on November 20th, 2020 9:53 am

    Welcome Aboard, DR.TIM SMITH, and welcome back PATTY HIGHTOWER and BILL SLAYTON…the EXNERS wish to support all of you in your continued efforts to make public education in ESCAMBIA COUNTY the best it can be!!

  2. Kim Stefansson on November 19th, 2020 7:23 pm

    As the person who took these photos, I can assure you they put their masks back on. You are welcome to watch the video of the meeting.

  3. Sick and tired on November 19th, 2020 1:05 pm

    Chill out! I bet they had their masks on up until they took their oath… have no idea what happened before these pictures were taken.
    Here is a piece of advice – if you are afraid of Covid, wear a mask that protects you! Don’t depend on others to protect your health.

    Thank you Mr. Slayton for all your years of service!

  4. Thomas Paine on November 18th, 2020 11:59 pm

    @Live Free or Die

    Bless your heart. Good luck with that.

  5. billy on November 18th, 2020 6:42 pm

    Live free or die… you are super smart. I would vote for you if you ran for public office.

  6. Live free or die on November 18th, 2020 3:33 pm

    Feel free to cover your face. Common sense indicates that masks are useless. Otherwise the virus would’ve already been eradicated in left wing paradises like California and New York. Except, they haven’t, and I’m sure the compliance rate is a lot higher in those places.

    Or is it that we just need to accomplish herd immunity… Which masks would only frustrate. But that doesn’t play into the panic narrative, does it?

  7. Keisha on November 18th, 2020 12:29 pm

    How are we expecting students to wear masks when school leaders will not wear them? The school board members are over 65 and in the high risk group. 9 months into the pandemic and they still are not even concerned for their own health and safety?

  8. Citizen on November 18th, 2020 9:06 am

    Oh look… no masks.

    But they’re not necessary even though positivity rate is much higher now than when schools went remote in March.
    Because as one particular unnamed school board member, whose name rhymes with Dill Clayton, stated at the last special workshop… “parties spread Covid, but school related gatherings do not”.

    And how nice of Boris Johnson to show up!

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