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Developer Southcrest Management has filed site development plans for a new K-5 school to serve students at St. Cloud Preparatory Academy in Stevens Plantation.
Developer Southcrest Management has filed site development plans for a new K-5 school to serve students at St. Cloud Preparatory Academy in Stevens Plantation. (SFWMD)

St. Cloud Preparatory Academy has selected a contractor and filed building plans for a new 22,250-square-foot elementary school building, with plans to open in Fall 2017.

The Stevens Plantation charter school was sold over the summer for $10.3 million to Oregon-based Charter School Capital, which committed funding for the new building. The acquisition was part of a three-school portfolio CSC bought from the school's original developer,  American Charter Development.

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Osceola Engineering and developer Southcrest Management, headed by general contractor Mark Ezzard, filed site development plans last Friday with the South Florida Water Management District for the proposed K-5 school, additional parking and a covered play area.

St. Cloud Prep's second phase would be constructed on school-owned property in the Stevens Plantation Corporate Park.
St. Cloud Prep's second phase would be constructed on school-owned property in the Stevens Plantation Corporate Park. (SFWMD)

Ezzard was CEO of American Heritage Homes before it was acquired in 2002 by KB Homes. He has since branched into charter school construction.

St. Cloud Prep opened in 2015 and currently serves students in grades K-8. In only its second year, the school had a wait list for some grades. The campus also houses a private preschool and voluntary pre-K program on site.

Learn who bought the Stevens Plantation charter school and what it means for the school's future.

Principal Michele Quinn told GrowthSpotter in late July that the existing building would be converted to a middle school when the new building is completed.

St. Cloud Prep has long-term plans to add a high school, starting with a ninth-grade class, in 2017. The school is chartered for 1,000 students in grades K-12.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407)420-6261, or tweet me at @LKinslerOGrowth. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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