Question about Bay Elementary's New Trailers

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  1. BeachMac

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    We are not familiar with the school system here as we don't have children, so it was surprising to drive past Bay Elementary (up 395/Pt. Washington) and see so many new classroom trailers outside. I'm shocked really, in a county that is rich in tourism, that we are educating our county's youth in multiple trailers instead of a proper physical expansion of the school.

    Does anyone know if these trailers are temporary and/or what the plan is going forward? Is this something that could be addressed by incorporation by creating a city school system instead of county?
     
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  2. Bob Wells

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    I would venture a guess that they are temporary as it is difficult to keep up with growth. As for incorporation I am not sure the Walton County School Board would give up the tax base.
     
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    In Florida you cannot have "City School Systems" !

    Incorporation will not alleviate that issue.
     
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    A new elementary school is being built beside Emerald Coast Middle School. The future of Bay Elementary is unknown.
     
  5. sunny850

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    While portables are sometimes used for only a year or two while buildings are being built, others are pretty permanent. Maude Saunders elementary in defuniak (a walton county school) has had 8 portables in constant use for over 25 years. Not something you would know unless you visit the school as they are hidden by the building.
     
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    As a kid I remember when they placed double wide trailer classrooms at our elementary school. I spent most of my 6th grade in that trailer.

    We loved it! We were envied by the kids that were in the brick classrooms.
     
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    Trailers are certainly not ideal for a classroom but as long as there is a good teacher (and air conditioning!) I think the kids' learning won't suffer. But this is a good topic...we are going to need to build more schools and classrooms especially as the St. Joe Sector Plan is implemented and many more families move to the area.

    Mr. Hudson is right, incorporation does nothing to the school system. It will always be a county system unless the state changes the law (or constitution? I'm not sure....)
     
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    LarsAtTheBeach: "As a kid I remember when they placed double wide trailer classrooms at our elementary school. I spent most of my 6th grade in that trailer.

    We loved it! We were envied by the kids that were in the brick classrooms."

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    I know, right? The portables had air conditioning!
     
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  10. Jimmy T

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    Bay elementary has A/C in every classroom.
     
  11. graytonbeachguy

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    I was in elementary school some years ago, jimmy t.
     
  12. seabythegrove

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    How did those trailers have air conditioning? Electricity wasn't invented until you guys were in high school!!!!
     
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    Ye-P. For me it was late 1960's - early 70's.

    And we walked to school. Uphill both ways. :D
     
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    And still haven't graduated? :doh:
     
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    There is a way for a city to take over a school district, but since my opinions usually get pissed on I'll let the trolls beat each other up.
     
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    I would actually be interested in hearing this, Matt J. It's more productive than the conspiracy theories on this site and might actually help someone!
     
  17. ShallowsNole

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    Residents of Point Washington were also shocked at the new portables, as they now fully take over the area formerly used for recess and recreation for Bay's students. However, the current enrollment at Bay Elementary required more classroom space. Bay cannot be added on to in the same manner as the first Emerald Coast Middle School was added on to Butler Elementary. At this point it wouldn't be feasible as a new elementary school is in the works. It is rumored that the new school will be 2nd - 5th grade and Bay will continue to be used as VPK/K/1st grade. In any event, if our historic Bay Elementary ceases to function as a school, it is hoped that the community will be able to use the building.
     
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    When I attended Bay Elementary in the early 1970s, we had 1st. 2nd and 3rd grades in one room and 4th, 5th and 6th in the other classroom. When I was in 4th grade, it so happened that the other two kids that I'd been in 3rd grade with moved away and so I was the only 4th grader. We had Easter Egg hunts and came back with more eggs than were hidden. Our bus driver picked up fresh roadkill as her husband would sell the pelts. A far cry from how it is now... ;-)
     
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  19. LarsAtTheBeach

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    "Back in the day" (1970's as well)...

    I used to ride my bike to school. Without a helmet. And never once locked my bike to the rack. Elementary and junior high (middle school).

    Here's the one that'll get ya...
    I used to carry my .22 rifle to school. Many of us did. we would shoot bottles and cans at the vacant property and ball fields. Even had teachers who would participate.
    We kept our rifles in our locker. And I remember kerping a box of shells in my locker. :lol:

    Even had one teacher bring his muzzle loader in and allowed some of us to shoot the little cannon.

    My God we've become a country of such political correct wuzzies.
     
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    I guess that what you did before TV was invented...
     

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