- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The Escambia County School Board has approved the purchase of 32 acres of land to build a new $44 million to $48 million middle school.

The Pensacola News Journal (https://on.pnj.com/1MKhgzE ) reports the board decided to purchase the $1.95 million parcel of land at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The land is currently an airfield. The purchase will be funded with local option sales tax money.

Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says the new school is set to open at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. It will be home to 1,100 students but have the capacity for up to 1,300. Some students will come from Woodham Middle School, and about 200 to 300 will be rezoned from Ransom Middle School which now has nearly 1,400 six- through eighth-graders.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, https://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com



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