Groundbreaking for New High School to Relieve Overcrowding at Neighboring Schools
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (November 27, 2018) – It will be an exciting morning as Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members join community leaders and design and construction professionals in a ceremonial “first dig,” to break ground on our new high school, the first high school built in our district in more than ten years.
Construction is booming in South Hillsborough County with thousands of students expected to be entering our schools over the next 3-5 years. The high schools in that area are already near or over capacity. Currently, Lennard High School has 24 portables on campus. The school is designed for 2,500 students and currently has an enrollment of more than 3,100. In addition, more than 900 students are projected to move into Lennard’s current school boundaries in the next few years.
At East Bay High School, the district just opened a new wing in August with capacity for 500 additional students. The school is now designed for 2,500 students. But even with the school’s new wing, the school’s current enrollment is 2,300 and 900 more students are projected to move into this school’s boundaries over the next few years.
Please join us on Wednesday, December 5, at 11 a.m., to commemorate the beginning of construction of the new school, scheduled to open in August 2020. The school will be located at 10650 County Road 672, Riverview.
The project team, including construction professionals CORE/HORUS Construction and the design professionals from Harvard Jolly, will showcase renderings of the school and campus.
The new “High School TTT,” as it’s known for planning purposes, will offer relief to both of the neighboring schools. The new school will be designed with more than 238,000 square feet and enrollment for close to 3,000 students. The school will cost an estimated $70 million to build. This school is funded by three years of impact fee collections.
The School Board will consider attendance boundaries for “High School TTT” at two upcoming school board meetings.
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