New Elementary and High School Expansion Open for 2017-2018 SY

Picolata Crossing Elementary School (PCES)  2675 Pacetti Road   

Picolata Crossing Elementary (temporarily named Elementary M) opened to students for the 2017-2018 SY.  This school relieves overcrowding in the World Golf Village area.  PCES has capacity for approximately 800 students.  This school was fully funded by the Half-Cent Sales Surtax approved by voters in 2015.  This school includes collaborative learning spaces and moveable walls to allow for team-teaching.  The school also contains state-of-the-art technology and was built utilizing green building standards.

Picolata Crossing Elementary School

Elementary School “M”

Allen D. Nease High School Expansion   10550 Ray Road

A new building containing administration, media center and classroom spaces opened for the 2017-2018 SY.  This new building is part of a campus renovation to increase the permanent capacity to 2100 students.  The new classrooms contain state of the art technology and were built utilizing green building standards.  The dining expansion and kitchen renovation has also been completed.  Other site improvements include access and parking modifications, along with a collaborative effort with St Johns County and Florida DOT to add a signal at US1 and Ray Road.  This project was funded by School Impact Fees and School Concurrency Proportionate Share Mitigation fees paid by new development.

 

Allen D. Nease High School

New K-8 Schools to Open for the 2018-2019 SY

Two additional schools are under construction in the fastest growing areas of the county.  The K-8 schools will relieve overcrowding for Kindergarten through 8th grades at schools in northern St. Johns County – one in Nocatee and the other in Aberdeen and will each a have capacity of approximately 1,490 students.  They are scheduled to open for the 2018-2019 school year.  One of the schools will be funded through the voter approved Half-Cent Sales Surtax.  The second school will be funded with sales tax, School Impact Fees and Proportionate Share Mitigation Funds paid by new development.  By using existing prototype designs, the School District will save time and money in the construction of these new schools.

There is considerable planning required to open new schools and there are several decisions that must be made. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed to address some of the questions that are often asked.