After months of conversations, number crunching and site visits, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has approved a new elementary school for the City of Boca Raton.
Currently referred to as O5C, the school will be built on land donated by the City of Boca Raton near Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, a donation first orchestrated by then Councilman and now Mayor, Scott Singer and District 5 Board Member and School Board Chair, Frank Barbieri, in January of this year.
The school will be the first new school built in the City of Boca Raton in many years and will provide up to 1,000 new student seats to relieve overcrowding occurring in all of the city's elementary schools.
"Christmas has come early," Barbieri said of the news today. "The approval to build this school did not come easily, and I'm proud of the District team for being able to provide data-based answers to the Department of Education's questions and concerns throughout this process."
Mayor Scott Singer echoed the sentiment. "I'm proud of the hard work between the City and District to lobby hard for this school - it provides a long-term solution for the betterment of the City of Boca Raton and its residents," he said.
The School District of Palm Beach County will release a timeline for construction of the new elementary school in early 2019.