Addison Mizner Elementary School will not be moving to Sugar Sand Park upon a large public opposition
After facing public opposition against moving Addison Mizner Elementary School to Sugar Sand Park, the Palm Beach County School district decided to rebuild and expand the school at its current location, reported The Palm Beach Post on the 24th of April.
The 50-year-old school will remain on its 11-acre lot at the center of a neighborhood on Southwest 12th Avenue between Palmetto Park Road and Camino Real, said school board member Frank Barbieri on Monday. “That’s the decision the superintendent made,” Barbieri further noted.
According to Barbieri, the school district decided to rebuild is due to the aging factor of Addison Mizner: “it’s in very bad shape” with a leaky roof and other issues, he said. In addition, the school has plans to expand to serve kindergarten through eighth grade upon approval by the state, Barbieri noted.
Concerns about the rebuild, whether at its current site or at another location have been continuously raised by the public, observed The Palm Beach Post:
- Building a bigger Addison Mizner school on its current site will leave little to no space for athletic fields and outdoor land, school district officials have said.
- The school is also at the center of a neighborhood, which often crowds with cars during drop-off and pick-up hours.
- A public push-back— both from some parents of Addison Mizner students and frequent visitors of the popular 132-acre Sugar Sand Park — was swift and overwhelming when the district considered rebuilding the school on 24 acres of unused land at Sugar Sand Park, on Camino Real and Palmetto Park Road across Interstate 95 (about a mile west of Addison Mizner).
- Most of Boca Raton’s public schools enroll more students than they are built to hold, an issue so pressing that the city offered to donate land to the school district for a new school. Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, on Spanish River Boulevard and Military Trail, for example, will take on about 14 acres of city-owned greenery surrounding the school for a kindergarten through eighth-grade school, pending approval by the state board of education, Barbieri said.
The new Addison Mizner Elementary School will be designed with future plans for a kindergarten through eighth grade if needed—a project that is expected to last until at least 2020, noted The Post. The rebuild of Addison Mizner is likely to last until 2022. During construction,
will temporarily move to the school planned on land near Don Estridge High Tech.