Audubon Park Elementary – Swing School for Princeton Elementary

May 12th, 2010

The following is a recent email sent by Joe Cadle, the OCPS District 1 School Board representative:


In an effort to keep the community informed, I am scheduling a meeting on Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the Media Center of Audubon Park Elementary School. A proposal is coming from the Facilities Department to use the 1500 Falcon Drive site of Audubon Park Elementary as a swing school for Princeton Elementary. Princeton is number 57 on the sales tax renovation list and is scheduled to begin renovation in June 2011. Currently, Princeton Elementary School has a student enrollment of 474 and the site has limited acreage for staging construction and instruction at the same time.

By moving the students off the Princeton Street campus, the School Board will be able to save approximately $1 million and cut the project timeline in half, from 24 months to 12 months. We anticipate the Falcon Drive school site to be occupied by Princeton Elementary from June 2011 until June 2012.

I have spoken to Facilities staff, and we continue to monitor the growth at the Common Way site of Audubon Park Elementary School. Currently, we have 995 students enrolled in the school and you may have already seen additional classrooms installed at the site. These additional classrooms are necessary to meet the 2010 requirements of the class size amendment plus projected student population growth.

I would like to hear comments or suggestions from the community on the proposal to “swing” the Princeton Elementary School students to the Falcon Drive site. You can e-mail me with your thoughts or questions at joie.cadle@ocps.net , call me at 407-317-3200, x 2911, and/or attend the community meeting. I will be there to answer questions and listen to concerns.

After the community meeting, if all goes favorably, an agenda item will come forward to the school board for approval of the Falcon Drive campus as a Princeton Elementary swing school site. I will send a follow up e-mail to alert you to what night the school board will meet so you can present any support or concerns to the entire board.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Regards,

Joie Cadle

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