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Few Black Principal Candidates
The Escambia County Public School District has a very diverse student enrollment. Minorities comprise over half of the student body.  However 78 percent of the principals are white.

The future doesn’t look bright for this disparity to improve any time soon. According to the latest list of principals and candidates eligible to become principals—what’s known as the “Principal Pool,” the chances for having more diversity in school administration are slim. The demographics of the “Principal Pool” aren’t much different than the demographics of the current principals.

The IN made a public record request for the “Principal Pool.” The list given to the paper was inflated by names of two African-American administrators—Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross and EOCC Coordinator Horace Jones—that aren’t serious candidates for principal. No white assistant superintendents were on the list.

The “Principal Pool” had 160 names, after you delete Ross and Jones from it. The list included 50 active principals and 110 candidates. The racial breakdown of the principal candidates was 77 percent white, 20 percent African-American, two percent Asian and one percent other.

A Mother’s Loss
The Independent News’ June 4 cover story, “A Captivating Market,” explored the issue of prison privatization. Chasity Owens spoke about how her brother, Jason Owens, was attacked at a private prison in Florida operated by GEO Group, Inc. She attributed her brother’s attack to the prison environment afforded by privatization.

Following Jason’s death, his mother, Gayle Ballard, wrote “A Tribute to Jason.” She shared it with the IN:

A Tribute to Jason

No words I write could ever say
How sad and empty I feel today
The Angels came for you
Much sooner than I planned
I will brave the grief that comes
I will try my best to understand
Jason why did you have to go away
Why wasn’t it right for you to stay
In my heart Jason, you will always be
I know that you will watch over me
What I’m suffering seems so unfair
But one thing is for certain
My love for you will always be there
Jason my son, you will always be
The most important part of my heart’s memory
I will cherish the moments I held you in my arms
I am sure if you had of stayed longer
You would have graced me with your charms
A thousand words will not bring you back
I know because i have tried
Neither will a thousand tears
I know because I have cried
Now you are up in Heaven
With the Angels up above
They will take my place for now
They will give you all their love
Go rest in peace now
My Little Boy so dear
All my love and memories
I will hold forever near
Love Mom

Real Job Generator
Mather Economics released on June 8 its report on the economic impact associated with wetland restoration and risk mitigation spending in the Gulf Coast Region, if the BP fine money is allowed to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 oil disaster. The study attempted to forecast employment growth as a direct result of increased outlays appropriated for various restoration projects along the Gulf Coast.

In its executive summary, Mather Economics reported the Gulf Coast restoration funding could yield robust incremental employment effects. Over 50 years, $25 billion in restoration funding could promote the creation of as many as 88,011 incremental jobs throughout the Gulf Coast. In the first 10 years of restoration funding alone, 74,492 jobs could be created, for an average of 7,449 jobs created per year during that period.

Airport Bonds Downgraded
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the rating of Pensacola Airport Enterprise’s outstanding revenue bonds from A3 to Baa1. The downgrade is based on the airport’s narrower financial margins, decreased liquidity and lack of a longer-term airline agreement, which leaves it more vulnerable to pressures from airline consolidations.

The analysts broke down the city’s airport strengths and weaknesses as follows:

STRENGTHS
* Presence of Pensacola Naval Air Station provides some stability to service area
* Cost per enplanement, a key metric for residual airports, remained competitive in FY2011 at $6.47
* Minimal additional borrowing plans in medium term

CHALLENGES
* Liquidity levels have deteriorated further and remain low compared to peer airports and Moody’s U.S. airport median
* Month-to-month airline agreements, with somewhat limited airline diversification (five airlines account for 95% of total enplanements) amid an airline industry consolidation environment
* The airport’s leverage position is well-above average, although minimal future borrowing is expected