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St. Johns County (Fla.) district looks to expand technical college program at former high school site

April 22, 2022
The district is hoping to use the former Hastings High School site to expand its First Coast Technical College's workforce development programs.

The St. Johns County (Fla.) district is eyeing the former Hastings High School site in Hastings to expand its First Coast Technical College's workforce development programs. 

The Board of County Commissioners has approved a $7.6 million allocation to establish a training facility in Hastings, reports The St. Augustine Daily Record

The funding comes from federal Covid relief aid.

In 2016, the district took over administrative and operational duties when the college agreed to relieve itself of its charter status after falling into dire financial straits.

The former high school in Hastings, which now houses a branch of the St. Johns Public Library System, was identified as a potential site for a satellite campus because the county owns the building and open acreage surrounding it.

The facility was built in 1924 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

With the approved funding, district and technical college officials can move forward with feasibility studies and construction plans. They will need to decide if the historic building should be preserved or razed.

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