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Here's your chance to chime in on what the new Melrose Elementary could look like



The Pinellas County School Board this week approved a $1.1 million deal with an architecture firm, and Thursday is the public's chance to weigh in on what Melrose could look like when it's finished by August 2018.

Williamson Dacar Associates, the firm selected to design the $18 million tear-down-and-rebuild project, won over school district officials -- including Melrose principal Nikita Reed and a representative from the school advisory committee -- with their vision. They presented renderings that included an attached community center to be used by the public after school and on the weekends, a "story lane" entrance hall to display work by students in the school's journalism magnet and two-story classroom buildings.

"When (architect Ted Williamson) was talking during the presentation he understood it was something the community could access after the school day was done," said Clint Herbic, the district's associate superintendent for operational services.

Herbic said the district would turn over every note of feedback collected during community sessions on the Melrose property's future from last winter.

Williamson will present his firm's ideas for the school and solicit feedback at Melrose beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

"When we look at a school and see what their focus is, we want to incorporate that as much as we can," Williamson said. "We really want to hear what the community has to say and what's important to them."

Architects have about 150 days to nail down design plans. Construction could start as early as April 2017.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:55pm]


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