School Officials to Decide Fate of A.D. Harris Facility

By: Kristy Wolski Email
By: Kristy Wolski Email

Bay County School Board Members still have to decide the fate of the A.D. Harris campus when the school closes next year. Students will leave the A.D. Harris facility to move into Rosenwald Middle School, which is closing.

Superintendent Bill Husfelt, School Board Member Pat Sabiston and three community members met Monday to start brainstorming ideas for the A.D. Harris facility.
Those who represent A.D. Harris say they want to make sure the campus is used in a way they agree with. For Gregory Dossie, who attended A.D. Harris years ago, it's hard to digest that the school will no longer serve students next year.
"This is the school I went to.. and I'm going to tell my age a little bit here.. when it was Glenwood Community and A.D. Harris was actually the principal. Then the year after he died they changed the name to A.D. Harris so I have that personal history here," said Gregory Dossie,
Bay Co. RainbowPUSH Coalition Spokseperson.
On Tuesday evening the Rainbow Push Coalition is holding a community meeting to get input on what should happen to the A.D. Harris facility. Dossie plans to present those ideas at an upcoming school board meeting. But considering what happened during the school closing workshops earlier this year, he's not optimistic board members will listen.
"Not only was the African American community, but the Bay County community was disappointed in the School Board's decision to repurpose AD Harris and close Rosenwald Middle and they believe the workshops leading up to it were a sham," said Dossie.
But Dossie says he plans to hold the Board accountable for the decisions they make.
"If they decide not to follow the community's recommendations again- then next year the 3 ladies are up for school board re-election and we're going to be doing a lot of voter education," said Dossie.

Superintendent Husfelt told Newschannel 7 Monday afternoon the committee is looking at a whole array of options from recreation to leasing the facility. He says they are nowhere near making a recommendation and probably won't be ready for at least a few months. But he says they want to come up with an agreement everyone is happy with.

The RainbowPUSH Coalition meeting will take place at 7pm Tuesday at the Glenwood Community Center. For more information contact the Center at (850) 872-7255.

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