The Mayport Academy is set to get new homes
Posted On June 16, 2021
Mayport Elementary School will get new apartments, classrooms and a community center as part of a $1.5 million redevelopment project, which is expected to begin next week.
Mayport Academy District 9 Director of Education and Senior Development Jim Hall said the new apartments and community center will be on the north side of the building on the first floor.
“It’s gonna be a beautiful, big, open space, which we really need, in terms of our classrooms, and our classrooms are really really popular with our kids,” Hall said.
“We’re really excited about the students in our classrooms and how the kids are coming in, but also, how they’re enjoying their time here, and they’re learning a lot.”
A $1 million renovation is scheduled for Mayport’s elementary school on Friday.
Hall said the schools will have a new teacher, a new counselor, new tutors, new music, a gym, and more.
The project is expected start at a cost of $750,000.
Mayports Elementary School’s first building was built in 1885, but the district has moved to a new facility since then.
It was also built in a style that is still very popular with the area’s youth, Hall said, adding that the schools also have a very unique history.
“You have these little old buildings, and you have the new buildings, which are designed to be a little more modern and a little less old school,” he said.
The Mayport School District has a lot of things going on, said Superintendent Dr. Mark Sorensen, including a new senior center, an elementary school with new teachers, and new classrooms.
He also wants to add a fitness center, new playgrounds, a basketball court and a new playground.
Sorensesen said the community center is a project that was first discussed with community groups last year, and was eventually approved by the City Council.
“This will be a new community center for the district, with a lot more space, more space for kids to learn,” Sorenesen explained.
“There will be more than just classrooms in this center.”
A new playground will also be installed, he said, but it’s unclear what type of playground it will be.
“We don’t know how it’s going to be,” Sosner said.
Soresen said it’s too early to say if the new playground is going to include a basketball hoop.
“But I think it will have to be some type of basket,” he explained.