ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Johns County School Board on Tuesday moved forward with plans to build a much-needed K-8 school in the northwest part of the county.
The school board approved initial plans for “K-8 school NN” which will be located in the Shearwater development between County Road 210 and State Road 16. It’s scheduled to open in time for the 2023-24 school year.
School board member Beverly Slough said she hopes the district moves forward as quickly as possible with construction as the district deals with overcrowding at nearby schools.
“Time is of the essence,” Slough said.
The school will hold about 1,500 students and should relieve overcrowding at nearby Freedom Crossing Academy, Timberlin Creek Elementary School and Switzerland Point Middle School.
The school board got a look at the basic plans on Tuesday and they are already familiar with them. They are the same plans the district has already used for Pine Island Academy and other K-8s in the county.
The district plans to put out the contract for bid in the coming weeks but it’s unclear when it will break ground.
There are plans to build a total of four new schools in the district over the next five years.