Carver/Century Closure: You Can Attend The School Board Meetings

May 15, 2008

Several officials are calling for Century area residents to pack upcoming meetings of the Escambia County School Board to show support for saving Carver/Century K-8 School. Superintendent Jim Paul is expected to present a proposal to close Carver/Century K-8 School at a Thursday school board workshop.

“Century needs to be there at that meeting so they can hear what he (Paul) has to say,” School Board Member Claudia Brown-Curry said. “Century needs to speak out. There are public forums at regular board meetings where Century can speak and be heard.”

“The meeting Thursday will give him time to get a feel where he is with the proposal. If he gets a vibe that he can get the three votes that he needs, he will probably try at Friday’s meeting to put it on the agenda for next week’s meeting. That’s too fast.”

“But if there is a large turnout from Century, he might get a bad vibe about the whole thing,” she added.

“Everybody from Century that can go to the meetings needs to go to the meetings and show their support for the school,” Century Mayor Freddie McCall said. “That school is important to our town, and we need to fight to keep it.”

Carver/Century principal Jeff Garthwaite agreed that Century residents should attend the meetings to support the school, and they should remain calm.

“I ask everyone to attend, and ask that we remain very rational about the whole thing,” Garthwaite said. “This can be very emotional, but they (the school board) thinks in very logical ways, not emotional ways. We need to vent our emotions in very logical ways.

The Escambia County School Board is meeting at 11:30 Thursday in a special workshop session where Superintendent Jim Paul is expected to present his plan to close Carver/Century. Another regular workshop session is scheduled for 9:00 Friday morning, and the next regular meeting of the school board is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 5:30.

All meetings are held in Room 160 of the J.E. Hall Center at 30 East Texar Drive in Pensacola.

To get to the Hall Center from the Century area, take Highway 29 south into Pensacola. Continue on Highway 29 past the “Y” where Pace Boulevard veers off to the right, and continue past Fairfield Drive. The next traffic light will be Texar Drive. Turn left onto Texar Drive. The Hall Center is on the left about three tenths of a mile ahead. There is parking in front of the building and to the left of the complex. It is about a 40 mile trip from Century, which should take about an hour.

For Google Map to the Hall Center, click here. was the first media to break the Carver/Century closure proposal story Wednesday afternoon, and will we have complete coverage today. Click any story title below to read more of today’s coverage:


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