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Long Range School Planning Workshop

April 18, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (April 18, 2017) – Hillsborough County School Board members will review and discuss a Long Range School Planning Study and the impact of growth on the district during a workshop on Tuesday, April 18, at 1 p.m.

Tindale Oliver, a planning consultant group, was contracted by the School Board to conduct the planning study on projected student enrollment and to forecast the capital funds that will be needed over the next 15 years.

The study reviewed trends in population, planned and proposed development in the county, existing capacity in schools, the cost of debt and maintenance and the estimated cost of building new schools.

Over the next 15 years, Hillsborough County is projected to grow at an annual rate of 1.3%, bringing in an estimated 10,000 new homes per year and roughly 5,400 new students every year. Most of the growth is expected in South Hillsborough County, with some growth anticipated in the north Plant City area.

The report indicates the district will need to build between 23-38 schools from 2018-2032 to accommodate student enrollment, at a cost of approximately $1-billion. 

Between 1994 and 2014, Hillsborough County Public Schools built an average of three new schools per year. During the housing boom in the early 2000s, HCPS built an average of five schools per year.

This is a workshop, designed to inform School Board members, district staff and the community. There is no vote that will be taken by School Board members. The workshop can be viewed at http://schoolboard.hcpswebcasts.com or can be watched live on television, Frontier channel 32 or Spectrum channel 635.

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