Groundbreaking Held For Beulah Middle School

October 29, 2016

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the new Beulah Middle School on West Nine Mile Road, setting into motion a much larger plan that will see major changes for West Florida High, Ransom Middle and Woodham Middle schools.

Beulah Middle School, home of the Beulah Bears, will be constructed at 6001 West Nine Mile Road on the former Coastal Airport property. The $45 to $48 million dollar school will have a capacity 1,100 to 1,300 students.

Students will be relocated to the new school from Woodham Midde, while hundreds will be rezoned from the overcrowded Ransom Middle.

A new $25 million, 800 student elementary school will be constructed adjacent to Ransom Middle School on property already owned by the district. It will help alleviate overcrowding at Beulah and Pine Meadow elementary schools. The Ransom property currently being used by Tate High School for agriculture and by the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center will not be affected.

Both schools will be funded with Local Option Sales Tax dollars and should be ready for classes by the 2018-2019 school year.

The current Woodham Middle facility will be renovated for $3 to $5 million to  house West Florida High School, providing the school with improved athletic facilities including a stadium and field house. Brown Barge Middle School and PATS Center students will be relocated to the current West Florida High campus adjacent to Pine Forest High School.

Photos by Kim Stefansson, ECSD, for, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Groundbreaking Held For Beulah Middle School”

  1. Katniss on November 10th, 2017 9:32 pm

    About Beulah Middle School, I for one am excited a new middle school is being built that will be modern and expose our students to new technology. Thank goodness the intelligent (and educated) people of Escambia County continue to vote for half cent sales tax that funds this construction. In the comments the person who stated Escambia is one of the poorest and least educated in the State should do their research. According to Recent Census data Escambia County ranks in the mid third at the bottom in poverty and mid way in education. It is too bad people comment about things without proper research. . And people believe them! As to the name at Beulah, my oldest child went to Woodham High and I have no problem losing that name. At UWF in the 60s I worked with the namesake Dr Jessie Woodham, fine man. His name lived a long time at that school. Retire it and move on. As a former District employee I also know how important it is to close schools and build new where population has moved. And thank goodness Navy Federal is favorably impacting that area of Escambia. Saw it today and road construction is awesome too. All good news.

  2. Mark S. on October 29th, 2016 12:45 pm

    Great location and the land is already cleared so it should minimize the cost to install the infrastructure. School Board is making some great changes for the county on behalf of the upcoming students.