Deer Point Elementary construction almost complete

By: WJHG News Staff Email
By: WJHG News Staff Email

The largest elementary school in Bay County is almost complete.

Deer Point Elementary school officials are excited about the progress of their school that's currently under construction.

The brand new school is located on the outskirts of Lynn Haven on Highway 2321, just off of Highway 231 near the Deer Point Lake subdivision.

Principal Lendy Willis says the school is about eighty-five percent complete.

Willis has been told the 155-thousand-square-foot facility could be finished as early as November. The move in date is set for sometime in December.

Construction crews are hard at work on the inside of the two-story building putting in wiring for computers. The media center will be the focus of the new school.

Once complete, the school will have room to house around 800 students. However, district officials are still determining zoning lines.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to start a school from the ground up because I know what the research says. I know what best practice in education is. Parents can be rest assured that if their child is rezoned to come to school here, it is going to be based on research, best practice and it's going to be a phenomenal place for kids."

Merritt Brown Middle School students will be the first occupants. They will move in starting in the spring of 2010 while their school’s 20-year- old heating and cooling system is replaced.

Then in August, it will be turned back into the elementary school.

If you're wondering, funding for the new Deer Point Elementary School comes from a completely different fund than the district's general fund.

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  • by nunya Location: FL on Sep 27, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    Just last summer Bay county was busy redistricting schools, consolidating students into other local schools, and figureing out how many teachers they were going to have to let go. So now another new school is built that can house 800 students & has state of the art electronic learning facilities. GREAT, im all for it, lets give the kids a better education. Now i want to know where the money is going to come from that is needed to hire & pay the teachers with ?? Also, is this new school equiped with timers on the lighting system ?
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