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Parramore K-8 School

Parramore K-8 School
A rendering of the soon-to-be-built school on Saturday, January 24, 2015. They were on hand to break ground on the new Parramore school. (Orange County Public Schools)

For the first time in more than 40 years, since desegregation closed Parramore's local school, the community's children will be able to attend class in their own neighborhood. Orange County Public Schools broke ground in January on the yet unnamed K-8 school at the SW quadrant of Parramore Avenue and Amelia Street.

It won't be an ordinary stand-alone school. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida is planning a club adjacent to the school, creating a continuous child care net for preschoolers and after-school pupils through age 18.

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Philanthropy-minded hotelier Harris Rosen is providing the preschool program for two to three-year-old children through the Rosen Foundation. It will also pay to send any Jones High School graduate living in the Parramore neighborhood to a two-year college, four-year college, technical, or vocational college in Florida.

It also puts in place the first plank in what school and city officials hope will become an unbroken progression of educational opportunities for the area, extending  to Jones High School and then on to Valencia College and/or the University of Central  Florida. Both institutions are planning campuses at the adjacent Creative Village.

Owner: Orange County Public Schools

Bid Date: December 2015

Start Date: January 2015

End Date: 2017

Project Budget: $41.3 million

Funding Providers: half-cent sales tax, Orange County School Board, Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, David Hughes and Rosen Foundation.

General Contractor for the schoolWilliams Co.

General Contractor for Boys & Girls Club: not chosen

Architect: Baker Barrios and HKS Architects

Description: A new public K-8 school in Orlando's Parramore community.

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