Pasco officials target 2015 to reopen Sanders Elementary School
When Sanders Elementary School in Land O'Lakes closed in 2010, Pasco County school district officials didn't make specific plans to rebuild the aging campus. The students moved to nearby newly built Connerton Elementary, and until the area population rebounded, a new Sanders wasn't deemed necessary.
In recent months, though, the trends have ticked up again. District officials, noting plans to begin developing new homes in the area, have started talking about getting Sanders back on line within two years. Planning director Chris Williams told the Gradebook that they're looking at reopening the school in the fall of 2015.
Replacing Sanders, which was built in stages beginning in 1944 and razed in 2010, is projected to cost about $19 million. New construction director John Petrashek said his department is discussing how to incorporate a Sanders project along with the campus renovations of Quail Hollow and Shady Hills elementary schools, which are to begin in the summer.
"It depends on the continued growth in the Land O'Lakes vicinity," Petrashek said. "It could get pushed back. ... The earliest target date is August 2015."