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.
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 school: Williams Co.
General Contractor for Boys & Girls Club: not chosen