Orange County school district plans to combat overcrowding with new school

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Orange County school district is taking steps to address student overcrowding because portables aren’t enough.
 
The district is looking to build a $37 million relief school on 26 acres near Innovation Way South and Wewahootee Road.
 
The new school would hold about 1,200 students and Wednesday’s meeting is to show parents the plans.


Photos: Lake Nona Area Middle School Relief


Jose Polexeo went to Lake Nona Middle School last year and said it was so overcrowded that there were portables on the softball field.
 
“The hallways are small, had a lot of kids (and) a lot of new people coming in. It’s hard to walk through and get to class on time,” Polexeo said.
 
School board member Daryl Flynn said the school is needed because of development in the area.
 
The school district is under contract to buy the land for the school for $8.7 million from Lennar Homes.
 
Flynn said the biggest concerns parents have is rezoning.
 
“That will not be discussed (Wednesday), but that’s what parents are usually concerned about, will they be in the new zone for the school,” Flynn said.
 
The new school is expected to be completed by August 2017.

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