When is the last time Pinellas built a school?
Superintendent Michael Grego brought a little bit of trivia to the Pinellas school board workshop Tuesday as they discussed the district's strategic plan.
The district's action goals include: "Evaluate and provide recommended 'Green' initiatives and sustainable design certifications in new construction, retrofits, and maintenance activities" and "Update educational space standards, design/construction standards, and educational specifications."
Grego asked: Did the school board remember the last time Pinellas built a school?
Linda Lerner guessed Tarpon Springs Elementary. Robin Wikle guessed New Heights.
But Grego meant the last time a school was built from scratch, from the ground up. The answer: Palm Harbor University High School, built in 1996.
Pinellas, dealing with declining enrollment, has closed schools in this window - the Southside Fundamental campus, closed in 2009, was recently sold to a charter school - but that's the last time a new school went up.
That underscores his point, Grego said, that the district be mindful that its cadre of schools remain updated and modern for students.