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Bye-bye Verde

Parents and neighbors got their first look at the new Verde K-8, weeks before their last look at the old school.

“We had a full house,” in the school cafeteria Monday night, said Rene Tercilla, executive vice president for Harvard Jolly Architecture. Tercilla attributed the big turnout to school principal Seth Moldovan.

Demolition starts once students leave for the summer on May 31 and teachers vacate the building.

The firm has all their permits in place to start work, he said.

Construction begins Aug. 19. Turnaround time for the new school is one school year. Students are expected to return to find a new school on the old site in August 2020, he said. “Expectations are in 14 months everything will be completed,” he said.

In the meantime, Verde students will attend a holding school next to Don Estridge High Tech Middle School. The city helped secure the site that the school district set aside.

Verde was first on Palm Beach County School District’s teardown list because of it’s age and condition. Addison Mizner Elementary School, also in Boca, will come next and also became a K-8.

Safety’s first in the design. “Our facility is not only beautiful, but on the west side there’s large trees,” Tercilla said. “We worked hard to save them.”

By Marci Shatzman

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