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Libraries Spared

Libraries Spared

After nearly three hours of discussion this morning supporter of the West Florida Library System have reason to celebrate. Quietly. “We are left cautiously optimistic,” Bette Hooten, president of the library system’s board of trustees, said after leaving the Escambia County Commission work [...]

Library ‘Crisis’

According to Bette Hooten, president of the West Florida Library System, the regional collection of libraries are in “crisis mode.” “I cannot tell you how frightened I am for this system,” she said. Escambia County commissioners will consider if they will yank $3.7 million in funding [...]

Buzz: UWF reserves less than half of school district

Last week University of West Florida President Judy Bense shared that the school's reserves are about $30 million. The Escambia County Public School District's reserves for just it's general fund are $68.5 million---over 70% added in last two years.

School District failed to look @ alt-fuel initiative

The Escambia County school district rejected the city's request for it to begin a conversion to natural gas powered buses---something the Leon County system has already successfully done, saving millions. The district's transportation director found the new-fangled idea too new and, of course, [...]

Baldwin County schools recognized for innovation

Baldwin County’s Digital Renaissance initiative helped land the school system in the national spotlight last week as the trade publication Education Week featured districts at Houston’s League of Innovative Schools. The national technology initiative that started during the last Bush [...]

Wahoo’s pre-pay first year’s rent

Press Release: BLUE WAHOOS PAY FULL YEAR’S RENT The Blue Wahoos hitting streak continues. At the March CMPA meeting, the Blue Wahoos hit a home run. Collier Merrill, CMPA chairman, and the board were expecting Blue Wahoos President Bruce Baldwin to present them with a rent check of $35,000 [...]

Escambia County Public Schools Foundation: 2012 Mira Creative Arts Awards

The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation will host the 2012 Mira Creative Arts Awards program on March 29, 2012. Sixty-nine of Escambia County’s most creative high school seniors were selected as recipients of the 2012 Mira Creative Arts Awards. They will be honored at a dinner at New [...]

The Civil War in Florida

The Civil War in Florida

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will have an opening reception for a new exhibit called “Rebel Guns: Defense of the Apalachicola” on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. The exhibit is a result of a 2010 excavation in which at team of archaeologists from UWF and FPAN removed layers of [...]

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 [...]

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