No new school along C.R. 535 – for now



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - For now, there will be no new school on a plot of land along County Road 535 in west Orange County.

The hotly debated plans to build a 2,000-student capacity school to ease overcrowding crumbled at the county commission meeting Tuesday night.

Residents argued a new school's needed, but that wasn't the place to put it, directly next to a designated rural settlement.

County commissioners voted no.

The school board said it may consider two alternate sites, one near Horizon West, another on Tiny Road.
Both have easier access for traffic, and no issue with rural settlements, but 535 remains top choice.

"We cannot figure out why there is an insistence the school has to go here," Citizens United Attorney Karen Consalo said.

The school board's lawyers say they will review alternate sites, but the County Road 535 location remains the favored choice

It's one they may fight for in court, raising the possibility of the school board suing to reverse a decision by the county commission.