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East Bay K-8 school in Navarre on track for Fall 2021 opening

Annie Blanks
Pensacola News Journal

The East Bay K-8 school in Navarre continues to take shape just over a year after it broke ground, with Santa Rosa school officials anticipating a fall 2021 opening date and looking to hire a principal early next year. 

East Bay K-8 broke ground in September 2019 and is well on its way to being complete within a matter of months, said Joey Harrell, assistant superintendent for administrative services.

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“East Bay is coming along on budget and on time,” Harrell said. “We’ve had to battle a lot with hurricanes and weather and COVID, but those delays were built into the schedule. … now, we’re on schedule, and we’ll be ready to move in the fall of 2021.”

The 135,000 square foot, $40 million school is the first new school to be built in the county in more than 10 years.

Last week, crews worked on painting and caulking, installing kitchen equipment in the cafeteria, doing electrical work, and putting in sinks, water heaters and fans throughout the school. 

An overhead aerial photo shows the new East Bay k-8 school in Navarre on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

The new Navarre school, as well as a new K-8 school being built in Pace that will open in the fall of 2022, will help relieve some of the critical overcrowding the district has faced for the last several years. 

The schools come on the heels of exponential growth in Santa Rosa County, said Superintendent Karen Barber.

Barber said the district will start to advertise for a principal for the new East Bay school in February, with a projected start date of March of 2021.

Annie Blanks can be reached at ablanks@pnj.com or 850-435-8632.