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Miami-Dade Students Received a Special Treat

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) has announced the opening of many beautiful new facilities for the 2017-2018 school year.  These new and renovated schools were made possible by the General Obligation Bond (GOB), overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2012

The facilities are:

  1. Bunche Park Elementary School – This brand new $10.2 million, 388 student-station facility comes equipped with classroom technology throughout, and includes:
    • Pre-K through Intermediate classrooms
    • An Exceptional Student Education (ESE)classroom wing
    • Art and music labs
    • A media center
    • Kitchen/dining areas
    • Administrative offices
    • E. covered area
    • Basketball courts
    • A primary play area
    • Other supporting spaces
  1. Frederick Douglass Elementary School –This brand new $9.7 million, 280 student-station facility also comes equipped with classroom technology throughout, and includes:
    • Pre-K through Intermediate classrooms
    • Art and music labs
    • A media center
    • Kitchen/dining areas
    • Administrative offices
    • E. covered area
    • Basketball courts
    • Primary play area
    • Other supporting spaces
  1. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy – This $15.1 million project is opening in two phases. This first phase provides the Pre-K component to a proposed K-8 59,000 square foot two-story facility that will house:
    • 750 Pre-K through 5thgrade student stations
    • Administrative offices
    • Extended learning areas
    • Language arts, art, and music labs
    • Resource rooms
    • A media center
    • Kitchen/dining areas
    • Playground and play court areas
    • Drop-off areas and parking
  1. West Lakes Preparatory Academy – This phased project entails conversion of the former Miami MacArthur North Senior High School to a PK-8 facility.
    • The first two phases have been completed.
    • At complete build-out, this facility will house up to 1200 PK-8 students
    • Total project allocation for all phases is approximately $18 million
  1. Madie Ives K-8 Center – This is a $17.3 million PK-8 conversion of the former elementary school, which includes:
    • A combination of newbuildings to accommodate the upper grades
    • Renovation of the remaining eight buildings
    • New classroom technology throughout
    • Playground and play court improvements
    • Drop-off and parking
    • Other ancillary improvements
  1. West Homestead K-8 Center – This $10.27 million dollar project ($775,000 of which was contributed by the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency) converted the former elementary school to a K-8 with:
    • A combination of new buildings
    • Selective building demolition and renovation of the remaining spaces
    • The new addition will house:
      1. 264 upper academy students in grades 6-8 (approximately 23,000 Gross Square Feet) and includes general purpose classrooms
      2. Science classrooms
  • Skills development labs
  1. An art patio
  2. A dining patio
  3. K-8 P.E. spaces
  • Administration and related support spaces
  • New classroom technology throughout
  1. Shenandoah Middle School – This $7.2 million project consists of renovations which includes:
    • Window and door replacements
    • Heating
    • Ventilation
    • Air conditioning (HVAC) improvements
    • Site and play court improvements
    • Covered walkway improvements
    • Fire alarm system and security camera enhancements
    • Electrical upgrades
    • Flooring and ceiling renovations
    • Exterior painting
    • New classroom technology throughout
  1. Miami Sunset Senior High School –The $6.9 million investment includes:
    • A new P.E. track and field improvements
    • New Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) studio
    • HVAC improvements
    • Interior wall, ceiling, lighting and flooring improvements
    • Roofing; restroom and plumbing renovations
    • Selective exterior and interior door replacement
    • Security system enhancements
    • Portable removal and site restoration
    • Exterior paint
    • New classroom technology
  1. MAST Academy @Homestead –This phased project culminated with the renovation and remodeling of the school’s third floor.  Overall, the $3 million improvement project included:
    • Classroom technology throughout
    • Six new classrooms
    • A science lab
    • Core student area
    • New staff restrooms
    • Miscellaneous improvements throughout to accommodate the medical iPrep program
  1. Norland Elementary School – This $2.9 millionproject includes:
    • A new classroom building
    • New P.E. shelter and covered walkaway
    • Site improvements
    • Portable removal
    • Site restoration and renovation of the existing facility consisting of:
      1. Restroom renovations
      2. Selective flooring replacement
  • Ceiling improvements
  1. Window replacement where needed
  2. Exterior paint
  3. New classroom technology
  1. Coral Terrace Elementary School – The $2.46 million renovation project includes:
    • Window replacement
    • HVAC improvements
    • A new playground
    • Exterior painting
    • New classroom technology throughout
  1. Southside Elementary School –This historic restoration includes:
    • Interior and exterior improvements of classrooms and group restrooms in Building 1
    • Installation of a new playground surface
    • New classroom technology

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