Mayport, Florida (CBS News) A new school in Florida’s southern Gulf Coast town has received federal grant money, but it won’t be the only new school opening this year.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants to five Mayport schools to start the year, including a school for elementary students that will open this fall.
The school, which has been called MECS by local officials, will be a charter school that will offer students special instruction.
MECS will be open year-round, and the district says the school will offer classes and special needs classes.
The state Department of Health and Human Services will provide $1 million for the school, with $1.3 million from the state’s Early Head Start program.
The grant will also help pay for the cost of materials and equipment.
The district says it is excited to have MECSS on the chopping block, and hopes it will be the first school in the country to open.
“This is a great school for the students, we think it’s going to be an incredible resource for the community,” Mayport Superintendent Dan Kochel said.MECSA is an early learning school that is based in Mayport that focuses on early literacy and reading skills.
The first two years of the school were spent in a temporary location in the city.
Mayport Mayor Scott Steeves said he is very pleased to see MECSC open this year in Mayfield.
“I think it is a positive sign of what we’re doing,” he said.
The town, in northern Florida, has been struggling to get a new elementary school built.
Mayport had been seeking a charter district to build an alternative to the one that closed in 2014.
Students are still being transferred from Mayport Elementary to Mayport High School.
It is not clear how many students will be enrolled in the new school.