Escambia County School District

The Escambia County School District, located in northwest Florida, is searching for its next superintendent to continue its legacy of strong success. As one of the top-performing school districts in Florida, Escambia County was established in 1559 by Spanish settlers and has the distinction of being the first American settlement.  It is home to various historical landmarks including Naval Air Station in Pensacola, and has been featured on Trips Discover in October 2019 as one of Florida’s Friendliest Cities. 


Malcolm Thomas, highly regarded throughout the state and within his district, is retiring as Superintendent after serving 12 years in that role.  Note:  the voters of Escambia County changed the method of selection of its Superintendent from elected to appointed in November, 2018.  This will be the first appointed superintendent to lead the school district.


Presently the district serves more than 40,000 students with over 5,000 employees. This K-12 district consists of 58 schools including alternative and charter schools.  A high level of trust and support from the community is apparent with the passing of a half-cent sales tax which provides $20+ million per year for supplementing school construction funds, which has provided for the construction of 8 new schools. With an annual budget of $656 million, the district continues to expand offerings to its students. During the previous school year, over 70 middle and high school career and technical academies had students who earned over 6,500 industry certificates/certifications. 

The district’s graduating class of 2019 earned over $30 million dollars in scholarships.  For twelve consecutive years, the district has increased the on-time graduation rate with the current on time graduation rate of 84%. For more information on the Escambia School District, visit


The five-member School Board of Escambia County seeks a Superintendent with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher from an accredited educational institution. Education related degree preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of successful administrative experience, with at least 5 years in leadership and administration in K-12 public school preferred.
  • Hold or be eligible to hold teacher or administrative/superintendent certification.  
  • Knowledge of federal legislation and Florida Statutes as they apply to school district including Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), budgeting, fiscal planning, collective bargaining, Administrative Procedures Act, the Sunshine Law, and Florida assessment and accountability. 
  • Must maintain domicile/homestead residence in Escambia County, Florida, within six (6) months of employment and possess a valid drivers license.  


The Board is prepared to offer a three-year contract with a salary range of $145,000 – $175,000 plus competitive benefits. Finalists selected for interview must be available to participate in the on-site interview process which is scheduled for August 24-28, 2020.  The position start date is November 17, 2020 with a transition period beginning in October/November 2020.


Application Process and Deadline – To apply, candidates must complete and submit the following:

  • A resume with a signed cover letter
  • Three letters of professional recommendation
  • Verification of credentials, including college transcripts, reflecting the highest degree held. (Copies of transcripts are acceptable but official versions are required prior to an offer of employment.)


All application materials referenced above must be submitted by email to and received no later than the application deadline of midnight on June 26, 2020


For additional information related to Escambia County Public Schools or the application process contact:

Andrea Messina, Executive Director Dr. Bill Vogel, FSBA Consultant John Reichert, FSBA Consultant
Florida School Boards Association 321.299.2452 321.363.7909
850.414.2578 or Cell 850.566.1860

* IMPORTANT NOTICE * All application materials submitted for this position are subject to the Florida Public Records Act and “Government in the Sunshine” provisions of Florida law. The name of applicants and materials submitted by each applicant cannot be held in confidence, and are open to the public. Interviews of applicants who are selected as finalists by the School Board will be open to the public.