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Buildings for the future

9

April

With declining enrollment looming large, Pinellas school superintendent Clayton Wilcox is making plans to use the county's schools most effectively. He presented several money-saving options to School Board members a recent workshop. Among them:

• Using the old Dunedin Elementary School as the site for an enlarged Curtis Fundamental Elementary rather than spending an estimated $3- to $4-million to rebuild it.

• Converting the existing Curtis Fundamental in Clearwater to a "center of excellence" for high school students interested in pursuing career technical education.

• Completing an unfinished wing at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg to open up more fundamental seats for children in south Pinellas.

• Cutting back on plans for the new Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg that would reduce construction costs to the upper $60-million range.

• Re-evaluating design plans for the Jacobson Culinary Arts Center at Tarpon Springs High to keep the cost closer to the $3.5-million originally proposed.

Wilcox also announced that the district will shift some of the funds earmarked for replacement schools or new construction into a dedicated maintenance fund for upkeep on existing school buildings. Stay tuned.

- Donna Winchester, Pinellas County education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]

    

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