Groundbreaking Set For New Ernest Ward, A.K. Suter
August 1, 2013
The Escambia County School Board has scheduled official groundbreaking ceremonies next week for Ernest Ward Middle School and A.K. Suter Elementary School.
The groundbreaking at Ernest Ward will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 9 a.m. at the school campus, 7650 Highway 97 in Walnut Hill. The A.K. Suter groundbreaking will be held at 1 p.m. on the same day at the school, 501 Pickens Avenue in Pensacola. The public is invited to both ceremonies.
Both schools are being rebuilt, Ernest Ward at a cost of about $16.5 million and A.K. Suter at a cost of about $21 million. Both schools will remain open during the reconstruction process.
Both construction projects are being funded by half-cent sales tax monies. It is anticipated that the new structure at A.K. Suter will be open for the 2014-2015 school year; Ernest Ward Middle School’s construction will take approximately two years for completion.
Pictured top: Demolition work has already started at Ernest Ward Middle School. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.