Palencia Elementary School Open House and Ribbon Cutting

As the newest school to open in the St. Johns County School District, Palencia Elementary will welcome the public and commemorate its opening for the 2012/2013 school year.

On Thursday, August 16, an Open House will take place from 4-7 p.m. Tours will be provided to educate the public on its state-of-the-art technology and the various ways the school property is designed to reduce, reuse and recycle waste and materials.

On Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. a ribbon cutting will take place followed by the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms. The activities continue until 2 p.m. and will highlight after-school vendors, information on bicycle safety and eco-friendly cars.

Palencia Elementary is built with the capacity to house 738 students and is located at 355 Palencia Village Drive (just east of U.S. 1 in the Palencia community). It contains approximately 100,000 square feet and 44 classrooms.

This school was constructed as part of the district’s Five-Year Building Plan and funded through a $16 million Qualified School Construction Bond. This is the first “green” school in St. Johns County attempting to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

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