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Orange County to build $16M replacement school in Winter Garden

Orange County to build $16M replacement school in Winter Garden
The new 2-story school at the corner of 9th Street and Story Road will be large enough to serve 650 students. (Orange County Public Schools)

Winter Garden residents will have a new K-5 school ready to open in August 2018 to replace the 50-year-old Maxey Elementary.

OCPS paid $1.8 million last week for 8.5 acres at the corner of 9th Street and Story Road, a half-mile from the existing school. The site already has been annexed into the city.

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The district has an additional .75 acres under contract but no closing date as of yet. Still, Clancy & Theys has been given a notice to proceed date in early June. Construction is expected to take 11 months.

The new 82,000-square-foot replacement school will be about a half mile from the existing Maxey Elementary, outlined in yellow.
The new 82,000-square-foot replacement school will be about a half mile from the existing Maxey Elementary, outlined in yellow. (Orange County Public Schools)

Lauren Roth, senior manager of facilities communications for the school district, told GrowthSpotter subcontractor bids would be opened April 18.

Schenkel Shultz designed the 2-story prototype school, which will have capacity for 650 students. OCPS used the same prototype at Bay Lake Elementary, which opened this year. Roth said Maxey will use a "downsized" version of the Bay Lake prototype, which was designed for 830 students.

At nearly 82,000 square feet, the replacement school more than doubles the size of the existing Maxey Elementary, which currently employs a pair of portable classroom units on campus.

Cass Hurst with Total Project Strategies will serve as project manager.

Funding for the school comes from the half penny sales tax that Orange County voters approved in 2002 and extended in 2014.

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