Duval County Public Schools sets up webpage to share updates about construction of new schools

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Duval County Public Schools is continuing to share updates about its district-wide plan to renovate and rebuild schools using the half-penny sales tax increase that was approved by voters in 2020.

Under its master facility plan, 28 new replacement schools are set to be built district-wide.

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DCPS has a “New School Transition Projects” page on its website that details how these projects will work:

“New school projects can involve mergers of smaller schools into more efficient buildings, new school boundaries, and temporary school assignments while new schools are under construction,” the website states.

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The following schools’ plans are currently featured on the site:

  • Jean Ribault High School will be receiving a brand-new school facility anticipated to be completed in August 2025. Construction for the new Jean Ribault High School is expected to begin in the summer of 2023.

  • The brand-new Chaffee Trail Middle School is anticipated to open August 2024.

  • Highlands Elementary School will be receiving a new facility anticipated to be completed in August 2024. Pine Estates and Highlands elementary schools are scheduled to consolidate into one school after the new Highlands Elementary is completed.

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One of the schools slated to get a new building under the master facility plan is already under construction. Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School had its new school groundbreaking ceremony in May and is slated to be complete in August 2023. Here’s how the next two school years will look for that school community, according to DCPS:

  • 2022-23 - Students from Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School will attend school on the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School campus. The two schools will be operating on the same campus for one year.

  • 2023-24 - Three elementary schools (Henry F. Kite, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rutledge H. Pearson) will transition to the new campus.

For more details on other DCPS school building updates, including renovations and additions, click here.

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