Growth projections show more kids moving in.
On Monday, a proposal to address potential student growth in Plant City, was presented before the City Commission.
As part of the Hillsborough County School Board’s agenda, three scenarios have been considered. It’s a part of the board’s Plant City Area Long Range School Plan.
Amber Dickerson of the county’s school board was present alongside Nilgum Kamp of the transportation agency Oliver Tindale.
At the commission meeting they laid out citywide statistics pertaining to the influx of new residents to Plant City.
Based on the school board’s findings, a need was seen for new schools to accommodate the number of children projected to come.
In turn, the board has devised a 15-year plan to indicate how many should be built.
“Two years ago we identified that obviously there is going to be more growth coming to Plant City,” said Dickerson.
Findings show that within the first five years, one elementary school will be needed.
Kamp said that $10 million is already set aside to purchase land.
Also, two additional elementary school sites, one middle school site and one high school site should be identified for potential needs from the fourth to the eight year of the 15-year time frame.
The percentage of Plant City homes built out of the whole county will suggest how many schools may be needed. Here are three scenarios:
• 4% growth may result in one elementary school and one high school
• 6% growth may result in two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school
• 11% growth may result in four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school
The Long Range Transportation Plan will be reevaluated and updated every two years.
The presentation was to keep the City Commission up to date with the Hillsborough County School Board’s plans.
No action was needed by the City Commission.