Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dismay Grows That Greenland Pines Won't

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dismay Grows That Greenland Pines Won't

Article excerpt

Along Greenland Road, blue, green and yellow signs announce

"homes for sale" and "models open."

Nearby, sweaty crews are putting up house frames.

These indicate that Greenland Pines Elementary School on

Greenland Road is facing a population boom. And Mandarin parents

and their Duval County School Board representative are outraged

about interim Superintendent Donald Van Fleet's proposal to

delay expanding the school.

"Why can't the school district for once do something to prevent

overcrowding, instead of always reacting? In the private sector,

we forecast and predict. Why can't the School Board do this?"

asked Greenland Pines parent Bill Anderson.

Some estimate that 1,000 homes are under construction or for

sale near the school.

"I'm very concerned about the growth out there. We need those

seats," said School Board member Cheryl Donelan.

A $3 million project to add 400 seats to the school, scheduled

to begin this school year, was pushed back to 1998-99 in a $1

billion budget presented to the School Board last week. …

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