Carver/Century Closure: Students Would Likely Move To Bratt, Ernest Ward; Possibly Even Molino Park

May 15, 2008

If the Escambia School Board eventually votes to close Carver/Century K-8 School, the students could be split between three other North Escambia schools.

Superintendent Jim Paul is expected to present his plan for Carver/Century’s closure and consolidation Thursday.

Currently, Carver/Century has about 150 students in Pre-K to fifth grade, and about 80 students in middle school.

If the school is closed before the next school year, where will the students go?

“In all likelihood, they would go to Bratt Elementary and Ernest Ward Middle School,” Associate Superintendent Ronnie Arnold told in an exclusive interview. “There has been some discussion that the students from the bottom part of the Century district might go to Molino Park; that is an option as well.”

“We don’t have the room for them right now today,” Ernest Ward Middle School Principal Nancy Gindl-Perry said. “We would have to move portables in, but that could be done quickly. We have 90 acres.”

Ernest Ward currently has about 480 students. But if the 80 Carver/Century middle school students should get moved to Ernest Ward, Gindl-Perry said, the school would be ready to receive them.

“All kids have the same opportunity to learn at Ernest Ward, no matter what the school board decides,” she said. was the first media to break the Carver/Century closure proposal story Wednesday afternoon, and we will have complete coverage this today. Click any story title below to read more of today’s coverage:


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