A friend emailed me that, according to Ron Peacock - school district's Director of Facilities Planning, the $21 million price tag for the new A.K. Suter Elementary includes demolition of the current building, soft costs like design and permitting, fixtures, furniture, computers, etc. Construction [...]
The West Florida Public Library’s main branch, located at 200 W. Gregory St. downtown Pensacola, will close temporarily in connection with the ongoing construction of a new library building on the site. Beginning March 18, the library will be closed for approximately two weeks; the other five [...]
"Sal" wrote last Friday that the expansion of A.K. Suter Elementary has been in the works for years. He got me double-checking my research and I came across two documents that prove not only that the $21-million new Suter facility hasn't been in the works for years, but also the proposed school [...]
DonorsChoose.org grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools. Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of [...]
How many of you believe that it's just a coincidence that two new schools that are being built are in the districts of school board members who were once mentioned as possible opponents to Superintendent Malcolm Thomas (Bill Slayton/Ernest Ward, Patty Hightower/A.K. Suter)?
Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and the Escambia County School Board want to replace A.K. Suter Elementary with a new $21-million facility--the most the district has ever spend on an elementary school. As of February 2012, the school had 381 students, but what the superintendent didn't tell the [...]
FEATURED STORIES Parent trigger bill sparks fierce debate as vote nears By Leslie Postal Orlando Sentinel A proposal that could let parents decide the fate of failing public schools is sparking fierce debate as it heads to a final vote in the Florida [...]
Lincoln Park Elementary has been on Superintendent Malcolm Thomas' chopping block for nearly a year. The mistake he made this time was to tell parents, teachers and church leaders that was his intention. Led by Principal Christine Nixon and area pastors, the school led, without any support from the [...]
My latest column for Florida Voices is on the proposed "parent triggering" bill, the crowning blow to a decade-long effort to take “public” out of education and unload struggling schools, especially those that serve poor, black, Hispanic and special-needs students. Read more.
A report released today by the U.S. Department of Education has particular significance for Escambia County, in light of our cover story on such disparities ("Black & White"), the District's not using budgeted funds for instruction while accepting $60 million in Title 1 dollars and the closure of [...]
UWF's Building Construction program is dedicated to teaching students the latest technology, incorporating the highest standards in energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. Josh Newby with the university communications, explains: The construction industry requires its professionals to [...]
I reviewed the past 9 years to see how the Escambia County School District has grown General Fund Reserves under both Malcolm Thomas and his predecessor Jim Paul. The reserves have grown 377%. Unbelievable! I compared that growth to what has happened in Santa Rosa County. The neighboring county [...]