UPDATED: DECEMBER 13, 2018 11:05 AM — The Goddard School is eying a site near Sanford for its Central Florida expansion of the popular private pre-school/kindergarten franchise.
The 10,910-square-foot school is to be built on 1.79 acres at the southeast corner of West State Road 46 and South Henderson Lane. The plans follow the September opening of Goddard's first Seminole County location in Oviedo.
The county Development Review Committee reviewed the project Nov. 28 but the site plan has not been approved, according to senior planner Joy Giles.
Goddard would like to begin construction in January with a completion date in mid-2019. But that depends on how the project fares in the county approval process. If the county approves the site plan, the next step for the developer will be to get a site permit followed by a building permit.
The civil engineer on the project is American Civil Engineering of Winter Springs. Goddard Systems could not give information on whether a general contractor has been hired.
The owner/operator will be Lake Mary resident Priya Abraham. She referred questions about the project to Goddard Systems Inc., parent company and franchisor of the Goddard Schools.
Shawn and Pam King, experienced Goddard franchisees who opened the Oviedo school, also recently purchased land for a Winter Garden location.
The newest Seminole County school location meets many of the criteria Goddard Systems looks for when conducting site selections for franchisees, said spokeswoman Kristina Nasuti in an e-mail. The sites are typically in a growing community near residential or business area, corporate campuses, retail locations or elementary schools, Nasuti said.
"The Goddard School is not only expanding its footprint in Seminole County with the planned construction of the Sanford location, but also in Central Florida, as there's another Goddard School opening in Orlando," Nasuti said.
The new Orlando school, now under construction at 9618 Lake Nona Village Place, will be owned by Shelina Jiawni and is expected to open in January.
The site for the Sanford-area school is owned by tenants in common, including Julena M. Palmer and Anthony Manfredo, according to county documents. Priya Abraham and Kuruvilla Kuruvilla have a contract to purchase the land, according to the documents.
The school hopes to enroll up to 160 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. At capacity, the school will employ 22 full-time faculty, including an education director responsible for curriculum, programming and teacher development. The on-site owner runs the day-to-day operation.
Goddard has been in the early education business for 30 years, and now operates 489 schools in 36 U.S. states. The company uses a proprietary, play-based curriculum that's based on research showing kids learn best when having fun, Nasuti said. The goal is to "nurture children into confident, joyful learners," she said.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to clarify the approval status of the plans for a new Goddard School.