School District Offers Budget for Buildings; the Facilities Plan Includes Starting Two New Schools Plus Buying Portables

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School District Offers Budget for Buildings; the Facilities Plan Includes Starting Two New Schools Plus Buying Portables


Cravey, Beth Reese, The Florida Times Union


Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY

The Clay County school district will spend about $46.9 million on school construction, renovation and site improvements in 2005-06, according to a proposed facilities plan.

Those projects include the start of construction on a $16 million combination ele- mentary/junior high school in OakLeaf and a $12 million elementary school in the Coppergate area of Middleburg, and $2.9 million to purchase 52 new portable classrooms.

The district's tentative plan, announced last week, also includes a long-awaited $1.4 million new classroom wing for Fleming Island Elementary and $1.9 million for land acquisition and design of a new elementary school in the Lake Asbury area.

The plan was submitted to the School Board at a Thursday workshop, along with the proposed 2005-06 budget package. The board will hold public hearings on both Aug. 1 and Sept. 8 and take action at the September meeting.

But Mike Elliott, the district's assistant superintendent for support services, said the facilities plan may be revised in the coming year.

"This is a living, breathing document. Priorities change, and funding changes," he said.

The plan is paid for with state and county money, including borrowed funds that are part of the district's debt of more than $100 million. But Elliott said the district cannot count on state funds alone to keep up with the demands of growth and the class-size reduction law because state sources fluctuate year to year. …

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