Rosenwald Middle School Closing?

By: Josh Gauntt Email
By: Josh Gauntt Email
Community forum on the possible closing of Rosenwald Middle school.

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Vivan Brown and her granddaughter Destiny have two things in common, not only are they related but brown attended Rosenwald back in the 60s and her granddaughter is a student there now and they don't want to see the school just fade away.

"It's a good school like I said there’s nothing wrong with it. I don't know why they would want to close it up. You know the students are happy here, and I think they should keep it open," Brown said.

"They shouldn't close our school because we're one of 48 A schools in the state of Florida," Destiny Smiley, a Rosenwald student said.

But with the Bay County School Board looking to cut between $11-16 million from its budget, some schools have to go.

"So if we can do those with places first and then go with people that is what we have to do," Donna Allen, a Bay County school member said.
Some outspoken critics of the school board's proposed plan say closing Rosenwald middle which is an "A" school and repurposing those students to Everitt Middle which is a "C school simply doesn't make any sense.

Those critics made their case in a half-page ad, saying Rosenwald consistently is one of the top schools in the state.

"So why take students away from here, the faculty, the friendly environment where you're starting over, you're always behind on the AYP," Greg Dossie, of the Rainbow Push Coalition said.

Dossie says he would like the school board to find a way to keep all the schools open, but with the board making cuts left and right doesn't look like it’s a possibility.


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