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Tale of two charter schools

Tale of two charter schools

There were two charter schools that had questions asked of them at Friday's board workshop: Newpoint Pensacola and A.A. Dixon. Newpoint Pensacola is the new charter high school. It started with 92 kids and now is down to 72. At the workshop, they introduced a new management team---just one [...]

Lawsuit filed over metal shredder

Lawsuit filed over metal shredder

Attorney Bob Kerrigan told the Escambia School Board today at its workshop that his firm is filing a lawsuit against the scrap yard near Oakcrest Elementary School and the closed Brownsville Middle School on the behalf of residents in the neighborhood. GSI Recycling has be operating since late [...]

Buzz: No more new schools

According to my sources, the Escambia County School District Watchdog Committee was told yesterday that there will be no more new schools for awhile once Suter Elementary and Ward Middle are constructed. IF this is true, then the much-discussed and long-planned west K-8 school has fallen completely [...]

Blount’s Demolition Dollars

Local officials take another step today toward demolishing the old Blount School buildings. During the Escambia County Commission meeting this afternoon, commissioners will be considering allocating $130,000 toward the cost of the facility’s demolition. The remaining $177,000 needed for the [...]

1:45: BYU vs. Marquette

Both teams lost their conference tournament finals. 3-seed Marquette lost to Louisville in the Big East tournament. BYU lost to Gonzaga in the WCC finals. Obama picked Marquette, but Romney had to go with BYU. Some are saying this will be an upset with Cougars winning by one in overtime. However, [...]

Student in Central Fla humiliated for missing FCAT

Student in Central Fla humiliated for missing FCAT

Mother was “flipping mad” when her son had a sign placed around his neck that read: "'I decided to come to school today, but I didn't come to school during the FCAT.” The teacher did write a handwritten apology (below). Nobody noticed the misspelling of “meant.”  Oh, and "rapport" [...]

Where has the growth been for elementary schools?

The enrollment of A.K. Suter Elementary School is the same that it was in October 2007 - 381 students (and remember the school picked up 14 of those transfers since Oct.). Where has been the real growth in elementary school enrollment in the Escambia County Public School District? Here is the [...]

FCAT Gets Feisty

FCAT Gets Feisty

Tensions rose last night at the District School Advisory Council meeting. It’s no surprise that the topic was FCAT. While students and teachers struggle through the spring to not only to get through FCAT preparation and testing, but passing, they were thrown a curve-ball. The Florida [...]

Audits finds problems with School District and its handling of federal funds

Audits finds problems with School District and its handling of federal funds

Here is a story that the News Journal probably won't print. The Federal Audit of the Escambia Public School District had major findings on how the district mishandled, during the 2010-11 school year, its Special Education, Early Intervention and Title 1 funds--errors totaling $973,832.  Plus, its [...]

Keep Reading

Keep Reading

The IN has already reported on ECARE’s tutoring program and its good results (ricksblog.biz/good-report-card-for-ecare). It’s encouraging to see how a weekly 45 minute tutoring session can go a long way. The set-up is pretty laid-back. Volunteers sign-in at Global Learning Academy, check [...]

Buzz: Pastor May picks up packet to run for School Superintendent

Buzz: Pastor May picks up packet to run for School Superintendent

Rev. Lutimothy May picked up this afternoon a packet from the Supervisor of Elections office to file for the Superintendent of Schools. May ran unsuccessfully for the Escambia County School Board in 2006. In 2009 and 2010, his church, Friendship Missionary Baptist, tried to purchase the closed [...]

School Board to hear about natural gas buses

Six months after Mayor Ashton Hayward asked School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas to consider natural gas fueled buses, Thomas is finally presented the idea to the school board. There must be an election coming. Here is the agenda for the March 15 special workshop: EN DISCUSSION ­ Hall [...]

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