Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday September 20th 2017

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Winners & Losers 8/6/15

Winners
Shawn Salamida
The Florida Coalition for Children Foundation presented Salamida, president of FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview Center, with the Champion for Children award. He was honored for his tireless work to protect children and better the child welfare system. He has served on the Florida Coalition for Children Board of Directors for four years. Since February 2014, Salamida has been in his role as the leader of FamiliesFirst Network. He was previously the CEO of Partnership for Families in Gainesville.

PSC Philosophy Students
Pensacola State College Philosophy Professor John Holder and his ethics class volunteered at Manna Food Pantries. They had an opportunity to put moral principles into practice. Students participating in the service project were Crickett Cartwright, Brooklyn Caulder, Nathan Cooper, Kendra Davis, Caitlin Hattaway, Ayanna Jenkins, Jakeisha McCreary, Aaron Penegar, Alexander Robb, Ashton Sanderson, Courtney Somerset, and Victoria Underwood.

4-H Center
The new Escambia County 4-H facility  has received a Three Green Globes certificate. Green Globes is an online green building rating and certification tool that can be used for a wide range of commercial, institutional and multi-residential building types. The building accomplished an overall rating of 70 percent demonstrating leadership in applying best practices regarding energy, water and environmental efficiency. Escambia County has one other Three-Globes Certified building, Marie K. Young Wedgwood Community Center.

Losers
City of Gulf Breeze
Buying the Tiger Point Country Club made sense from an utility point-of-view. The courses made good spray fields for treated effluent. However, city leaders underestimated the costs of running two 18-hole golf courses and the capital investment to resurrect the west course. Commitments were made based on those estimates. What once appeared to be a no-brainer has become a political mess that has forced the county to get involved. Maybe soccer fields would work.

Pensacola State College
Northwest Florida State College and Pensacola State College are among five state colleges to lose part of their FY2015-16 budget under a newly adopted performance-based funding formula. The primary issues are student retention and graduation rates. The State Board of Education is holding back $613,000 of PSC’s $34 million in state funding.  PSC has begun implementing changes to improve its rating.

Veterans Hospital Administration
A recent investigation by USA TODAY found the VHA has 41,500 job openings for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, preventing the health care system responsible for the medical care of our veterans from fully staffing its hospitals. The Department of Veterans has had to pay doctors outside the agency to treat 1.5 million veterans, costing U.S. taxpayers $7.7 billion. No wonder the VA has a $2.6 billion budget shortfall.