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Addison Mizner Elementary: Moving Out or Moving Up?

Scott Singer stopped by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District meeting on August 30th to see if the Board was open to the idea of using Sugar Sand Park as an alternative location for the soon to be rebuilt Addison Mizner Elementary School, the Boca Newspaper reports.

According to Assistant Principal Joe Boone, the 51-year-old school is due to be rebuilt. One part of the building was built in the 1960s while another part built in the 1990s. It’s safe to say the school needs some renovation.

One option is to rebuild the school at its existing site at 199 SW 12 Ave., Boca Raton, FL 33486 while temporarily sending students to Verde Elementary.

“Once they [at Verde Elementary] have their new school built, which they are building right now, we would move into their old site. With that plan, we would be at the [old] Addison Mizner location for 3 more years, including this year — the 2018 school year. The school year 2021 is when this proposed option would take place,” explained Boone via the Boca Newspaper.

The second option being discussed would be to rebuild the school in the southeast corner of Sugar Sand Park, located at 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486.

This second option would take place much sooner because Addison Mizner wouldn’t have to wait for Verde Elementary new school to be built to then move into their old site.

“Once they finalize the plans, they would plan this year and build next year. It’s an 18-month building project,” Boone said via the Boca Newspaper.

The pros of rebuilding at Sugar Sand Park are:

  1. There isn’t anything occupying the southeast corner of the park
  2. Sugar Sand Park has much better transportation access for parents
  3. The southeast corner of the park has a lot of scrublands

Commissioner Susan Vogelsang asked in the meeting, “If something is environmentally sensitive today, how do we make it non-environmentally sensitive [regarding the natural scrub area].

Assistant Director Briann Harms said that the southeast corner of Sugar Sand Park currently contains a maintenance building and scrubland. He said that while the Beach & Park District owns the land, “it is up to the city for part of that, as it’s zoned a conservation area.”

While this decision hasn’t been made final yet, the conversation will most likely continue to be in the works for meetings to come. The plan is dependent upon several agreements between the School District, the City of Boca Raton and the Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

If you had to choose an option for the school, which one would it be?

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