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Palm Beach County (Fla.) district plans new elementary in Boca Raton

Dec. 21, 2020
The district is planning to construct a 971-student campus on land now owned by the city.

The Palm Beach County (Fla.) district is planning to build an elementary in Boca Raton to relieve crowding at schools in the city.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the $31.2 million project, known at this point as "05-C," would be built on a 15-acre site near Don Estridge High Tech Middle School.

To clear the way for construction, the city of Boca Raton would give ownership of the land to the school district.

The school's capacity would be 971 students. It would relieve crowding at nearby elementary schools, primarily Calusa and Verde Elementary Schools.

The new school initially would be built for grades K to 5, but could eventually be expanded to a K-8 school, according to the city’s agreement.

“It will be designed in such a way additional classrooms could be added on to expand the size of the school,” says School Board member Frank A. Barbieri.

The school district already is using the land as a temporary campus for other elementary schools, using portable classrooms. Verde Elementary used the space last year while its new school was being built, and Addison Mizner students are there now.

Construction for the 05-C school is expected to begin when the 2020-21 school year ends. The projected completion date is August 2022.

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