The $1.2 billion Miami-Dade voters gave their school district when they approved a capital projects referendum in November won’t just allow the district to fix up old schools or improve technology. Some of the money will also be spent on new campuses.
New schools are on the way in Northeast Miami-Dade, Doral and the area west of Interstate 75 in Northwest Dade, according to a schedule of work compiled by the district. Chief Facilities Officer Jaime Torrens said the new schools are in response to growing communities or in some cases development that has re-emerged after the real estate collapse. Most of them are slated for the third and fourth years of the bond program.
“It’s a small portion of the overall picture,” he said of the money slated for new schools.
The list is vague on some locations, but new schools are identified as:
• K-12 at Southwest 149th Avenue and 160th Street
• K-8 at Southwest 167th Avenue and 95th Street
• K-5 at Southwest 149th Avenue and Coral Way
• Two K-8 schools and a high school in Northeast Miami-Dade
• K-8 at Northwest 90th Street and 114th Avenue
• K-8 west of Interstate 75 and north of Northwest 138th Street
• High school in Doral.
Other schools listed as new are actually additions, such as work at Glades Middle and South Pointe Elementary. Others are conversions like the project to turn Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary into a K-8 center.
The list also includes expansions, like ongoing work at the MAST Academy on Virginia Key, a project that is half funded by the Village of Key Biscayne.