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Advancing Schools and Communities for Student Success

Proudly serving the Public School Districts of Northwest Florida since 1967




What is PAEC?

The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) is Florida’s first, legislatively created Educational Consortium, founded in 1967 as a support unit to help small districts with limited resources to better serve children, teachers, and administrators. PAEC presently serves 14 member districts, representing over 45,000 students, as well as many other non-member districts who purchase services on a contract basis.

PAEC Strategic Plan Mission To provide a continuum of services that elevate student achievement throughout Consortium school districts Vision Advancing Schools and Communities for Student Success Tagline Every Student, Every Day Organizational Goals Goal 1 PAEC will provide leadership, vision, and shared services to meet the needs of member districts maximizing student achievement.

Goal 2 PAEC will leverage partnerships to increase opportunities and access for member districts.

Goal 3 PAEC will serve as an advocate and unified voice to promote legislative priorities that benefit member districts.

Goal 4 PAEC will develop consistent and professional outreach to promote its priorities.

BOD Adopted May, 2016 2016-17 SERVICES GUIDE 1


Table of Contents Introduction

About PAEC

History of the Organization

Board of Directors

Governance Meeting Schedule

Leadership Team

Advisory Committees

Financial Information

Instructional Services electronic Professional Development Connections (ePDC)


Distance Learning

K-12 English Language Arts (ELA)

Add-on Endorsement Programs

Master Inservice Plan

PAEC Annual Leadership Conference

Leadership Development

Instructional Technology Support

FDLRS – Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System

SEDNET – Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

Migrant Education Program

Florida Virtual School Franchise

Business Services Florida Buy Cooperative State Purchasing

Student Data Services

Gateway Finance and Payroll System Support Services

Risk Management

Legislative Network

Human Resources & Recruitment Services

Copy Center

School Board Policy Updates

Services Matrix

Staff Contact Information

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Letter of Introduction On behalf of the PAEC Board of Directors and consortium personnel, I’d like to welcome you to our annual services guide! This guide was assembled to provide a comprehensive overview of the PAEC organization and to provide the reader with an overview of our operations, services, and value we bring to our members.

Throughout the year we have engaged in extensive internal and external dialogue about our history, our services/ relationships with districts, and our vision for the future. As such, we are proud to unveil in this guide our new mission, a renewed vision, and tag line that help convey who we are and what we are about. Our process in determining our new direction was inclusive, forward looking, and focused on student success. You will also notice a new-look logo, an updated website, and updated outreach materials. We thank everyone who was part of this effort!

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Please take some time reading this guide as it provides a summary of our governance, budget, return on investment, important contacts and dates, as well as a summary of our programmatic services.

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About PAEC What is PAEC?

The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium is Florida’s first, regional, non-profit, educational service agency established in 1967 to provide cooperative services to member districts. It exercises no control over its clients, is non-regulatory and has no taxing authority. Participation in programs and services through the Consortium is completely voluntary; therefore, the Consortium is designed to be sensitive and responsive to the needs and desires of the school districts being served. Regional consortiums were created from Legislative action via FS 1001.451.

How does PAEC work?

As a non-profit educational consortium we are able to provide our members with programs and services that they might not otherwise be able to afford. It is more efficient and cost-effective to operate one central service than it is to have separate services in each school district. However, PAEC services are often customized to individual district needs.

Who makes the decision about which PAEC service to purchase?

Each year local districts review their district’s needs and make decisions about PAEC services. Because district’s needs change every year, a decision about PAEC services also may change every year.

Why do school districts participate in PAEC services?

PAEC has a long history of providing top-tier educational and business services, combined with ‘economies of scale’ efficiencies. We are simply often the best, lowest cost option for services. PAEC is also governed by the leaders of the districts we serve; as such, we are able to meet local needs as we have long lasting, deep relationships with our member districts.

How are PAEC services paid for?

PAEC receives various forms of revenue to fund our operations. While many of our revenues come from purchased services we also receive an annual appropriation from the state budget, federal grants, state grants, and more… How is PAEC governed?

PAEC is governed by a board of directors made up of the Superintendents of each member district. The board meets on a monthly basis. Meeting announcements and minutes are posted on the PAEC website. Meetings are open to the public and a schedule of meetings is included in the governance section of this services guide.

How do I sign up for services?

If your district or charter school is interested in obtaining PAEC services, please feel free to contact us directly at (850) 638-6131 and ask for either the Executive Director, the Administrator of Business Services or the Administrator of Instructional Services. You may also e-mail the Executive Director at john.selover@paec.org.



A Brief History of the Organization….

The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, known as PAEC for over 49 years, is a regional educational service organization owned by its member school districts and recognized in Florida Statute 1001.451.

The consortium is operated through the PAEC Board of Directors, composed of the school superintendents from the member districts and Washington County School Board, a member district, is its District of Record.

In early 2016 PAEC assembled a group of stakeholders from member districts and various roles within the organization to create a revised mission/vision to guide the organization into its second 50 years of regional leadership. This framework will guide our work as our organization continues to grow, lead, and anticipate the changing needs of our districts. The team’s accomplishment is highlighted in the letter of welcome!

Created in 1967 by the school districts of Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton and Washington in northwest Florida, PAEC is Florida’s first regional educational service agency established as a non-profit, non-regulatory organization to provide cooperative, educational services. In July of 1991, Wakulla School District joined the 24 year-old organization as the first new member, and following an act of the 1994 Legislature, Jefferson and Madison counties joined. (Although Bay, due to its size, was no longer eligible to be a member district, this neighboring district continues as a very active participating school district.) Taylor joined the organization under the same legislative authority in December of 1995. On July 1, 2001, Gadsden School District joined the consortium. The newest member is FAMU Developmental Research School which joined July 2013.

Historically, PAEC grew from an early recognition by school district superintendents they could achieve better results for their students by working cooperatively. Long before PAEC was created, individual counties in the Panhandle area were cooperating in areas of mutual interest, such as shared media centers, testing programs and special education. Jackson and Holmes counties, Washington and Bay counties, and Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf and Liberty counties shared cooperative film libraries, for example.



In 1959, the Chipola Area Education Project (CAEP) was formed as a result of a NDEA, Title V Grant. This project was established to improve testing, evaluation and guidance services among the following member counties: Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton and Washington. Early in 1967, talk was begun about further cooperation among the CAEP school systems. Under the leadership of Jackson County School Superintendent, John Dekle Milton, a meeting of the school superintendents from the seven counties that made up the CAEP was called, and representatives from Bay and Franklin counties were invited. At this meeting, a plan was formulated for what became the Panhandle Area Educational Cooperative. Nine counties joined together to write the proposal for funding under ESEA, Title III. In July 1967, the proposal was approved, and a grant of $103,000 was awarded; thus, the Panhandle Area Educational Cooperative was born. During 1967-68, other supplemental educational centers for rural areas in Florida were funded. However, PAEC is the only originally funded regional educational center that survived.

The large array of programs and services includes, but is not limited to: professional development, curriculum support services, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS), instructional technology, distance learning, Region I Migrant Education Program services, printing services, FloridaLearns Clearinghouse for educational materials, cooperative purchasing through Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), contracted services, Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Network (SEDNET), program evaluation services, model school board policies and procedures, Value-Added Model software and support, Risk Management Property/Casualty, employee benefits self-insurance programs, Gateway Educational Computing (payroll and finance), and Student Data Services.

Today, PAEC continues under the leadership of its Board of Directors. The key to the organization and its success is that the responsibility for the consortium is placed directly in the hands of the school superintendents of the districts it serves.

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Board of Directors John Selover, Executive Director - (850) 638-6131 Ext. 2235 - john.selover@paec.org The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of PAEC and is comprised of the superintendent of each member school district.

School districts served: Calhoun, FAMU DRS, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties

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FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System) Faye Yongue SEDNET (Multiagency Network for Students with Rusty Holmes Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities)

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Advisory Committees PAEC hosts a wide array of committees focused on solving regional challenges, updating members on important legislative and legal changes, and collective problem solving.

Gateway Finance and Payroll Advisory Committee James Goines, Gateway Coordinator - (850) 638-6131 Ext. 2253 - james.goines@paec.org The Gateway Advisory Board is used to consult and provide guidance on various issues. This guidance includes setting priorities of tasks that have conflicted requirements in order to meet the scheduling needs of the district. The board also serves as the recommending body to the PAEC Board of Directors for official matters such as annual budgets.

School districts served: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, Washington counties Professional Development Center Advisory Council Dr. Maria Pouncey, Administrator of Instructional Services - (850) 638-6131 Ext. 2266 maria.pouncey@paec.org The Professional Development Center (PDC) is a comprehensive program of professional learning coordinated and implemented in accordance with Florida’s Professional Development Protocol Standards for member and participating districts. The PDC Advisory Council is comprised of the staff development directors and the curriculum coordinators of our 14 member districts. Its primary focus is to provide a collaborative process of offering continuing education activities designed and delivered which result in the personal and professional growth of educators and, ultimately, in the enhancement of the school experiences for our students. The Committee holds four meetings annually to discuss hot topic issues related to education. Agendas for the meetings may be found on the PAEC website under Instructional Services.

School districts served: Calhoun, FAMU DRS, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties, FSU SchoolsBroward and Florida Virtual School

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FDLRS Coordinating Council Faye Yongue, Program Coordinator of Special Areas - (850) 638-6131 Ext. 2229 - faye.yongue@paec.org The FDLRS/PAEC Coordinating Council provides oversight for project implementation and center activities. The coordinating council reviews center activities with respect to coordination and equitable provision of services to each district in the service area.

School districts served: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton and Washington counties

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