Pinellas School Board meeting roundup: architect picked for Melrose Elementary, cultural competency grant expanded to more schools and more
The Pinellas County school district plans to tear down and rebuild Melrose Elementary at a lower price than expected.
A total project cost of $18 million will go before the School Board for approval at its Tuesday board meeting. That's about $1.3 million less than what the board planned when it turned to the bond market this year to fund construction projects.
Included in the item up for approval is a $1.1 million agreement with Williamson Dacar Associates million for architectural design services for the school. The firm has previously worked in Pinellas schools, including Oldsmar Elementary, Madeira Beach Fundamental and Leila Davis Elementary. Construction on the Melrose campus could begin as early as summer 2017.
Melrose will also be one of two dozen schools to benefit from a modified federal grant that will include cultural competency and responsiveness training for school staff upon board approval. If renewed, the $1.1 million grant will go toward salaries for instructional coaches and personnel, staff trainings and travel and registration for a conference.
The 2017-18 school calendar will also go before board approval on Tuesday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post has been corrected to reflect how the School Board's $1.1 million agreement with Williamson Dacar Associates for architectural design services is included in Melrose Elementary's overall project cost of $18 million.