Windermere High School Open Campus/Schedule Pick-Up On August 10, 2017
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Windermere residents, the much awaited Windermere High School (5523 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Windermere, FL 34786, 407-992-0977, 407-347-0980) construction (Nov. 2015-May 2017) is completed and ready for its first semester here in Windermere, FL! This $71.4 million signature project for OCPS (Orange County Public Schools) is a 340,000 square foot, multi-story high school sitting on a 68-acre greenfield site in West Orange County. It is designed to accommodate 28,000 students, built to alleviate the overcrowding of the existing West Orange High School. It will provide a state of the art facility for the students and residents of the Orange County community. This new campus consists of classroom, skill labs, resource rooms, science labs, art, band, vocal, orchestra, piano, dance, EHPA gymnasium, vocational labs, media center, administration, guidance, dining room, kitchen, auditorium, and various support spaces. Its outdoor athletic facilities include a practice football field, track, field house, baseball/softball fields, concession booth, basketball courts, tennis/volleyball courts, shot put pit, pole vault lane, high jump pad, long jump lanes and practice fields.
At the Windermere High School website, at the moment, it is indicating that “Please call for availability of the registrar before coming to Windermere High” and “All offices are now located at Winderemere High School! Our new phone number is 407-347-0980″.
The upcoming event at Windermere High School will take place on Thursday, August 10, 2017, Open Campus/Schedule Pick Up, between noon-7:00 pm, at 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Windermere, FL 34786.
I would like to share several videos, on the various stages of its construction in the first video and the completed flyover in the second and third videos below:
The school is a relief school for nearby West Orange High School. Windermere High School is set to open for the 2017-2018 school year.
The district established a vote for naming the school, and 39% of the area families, the largest group, voted for the name “Windermere High School.” 22% each voted for Horizon High School and Lake Butler High School. The Windermere, Florida town council opposed the naming on the grounds that area residents may mistakenly confuse the school with Windermere Preparatory School. Some OCPS board members also argued the school should not be named for a community it will not be located in; they stated that not very many students from the town of Windermere will go to Windermere High. The town of Windermere will not be within the school’s attendance boundaries.
Over the decades, a number of new schools have been built in nearby areas to serve as relief schools. Dr. Phillips High School was built in 1987 to handle student capacity in the Universal, Sand Lake, and Bay Hill communities. Olympia High School was built in 2001 to handle growth in Windermere, MetroWest, Pine Hills, and some of the Dr. Phillips area. In 2005, Ocoee High School was reinstated to handle tremendous growth in the Ocoee and West Oaks Mall area. The next school in this succession is scheduled for the Horizon West area.
Lakeview Middle School, Ocoee High School, and Apopka High School are already or are expected to be at capacity within 2 to 4 years. Wekiva High School Apopka High Relief opened in August 2007 to handle overflow from Apopka High School and Ocoee High School.
Beyond irony, West Orange Comprehensive Replacement itself will be at or beyond program capacity within two years.
In late 2007, the Orange County School Board was considering postponement of West Orange Relief past the anticipated 2012 opening. Given revenue shortfalls, this was a virtual certainty.
As of January 2008, it is not known how West Orange Comprehensive Replacement is going to be able to handle 3,400 students in 2012.
In November 2013, Orange County Commissioners rejected the proposal for a West Orange Relief School on C.R. 535 and Ficquette Road in Windermere, FL.
As of August 2014, the West Orange Relief High School has a tentative opening date of August 2017, The site of the school is located on the intersection of Winter Garden Vineland Road and Summerport Village Parkway near County Road 535 and Ficquette Road.
As of September 2015, ground has been broken and construction of the school has begun.
As of August 4, 2016, the new relief school is well under-way, almost the all of the buildings have been raised and the school is starting to take full shape, the school has a tentative opening date for the 2017-2018 school year.
As of October 2016, The OCPS School board approved the name “Windermere High School” After much controversy due to the new school not being in close proximity to the town of Windermere and the Windermere council expressing their disagreement with the name of the new school. The school mascot chosen was The Wolverines, the school colors chosen were navy, bright green, and silver (Similar to football team Seattle Seahawks).
The $93.5 million has a planned capacity of 2,776 students.
The construction was scheduled to end in May 2017 and employees are scheduled to move into the building the following month.
Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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