The merger of Havana Middle School and Havana Elementary will the topic of a community meeting for parents on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Havana Middle School.
The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate community input for restructuring and the combining of Havana Elementary and Havana Middle Schools.
Plans are to add a new Pre-K through 3rd grade building to the current campus that will consist of a minimum of 16 classrooms fully loaded for 21st-century teaching and learning.
District facility director Wayne Shepard stated the cost for the addition would be approximately $5 million.
Shepard added that new addition would be a state-of-the-art, efficient and safe facility with technology, performing and visual arts, science, and engineering capabilities, with wireless infrastructure technology.
According to a report from the school district, the need for the merger is based on several criteria which include spending fewer funds on the aging Havana Elementary and taking advantage of the unused space at Havana Middle.
These planned enhancements will allow students a more modernized facility, improve heating and cooling costs, improve environmental conditions and place Pre-K in a self-contained, new building.
“The construction of a new Pre K-3rd grade facility will be an excellent opportunity as we forge ahead to improve the safety, academics and 21st-century skills of our students,” said Audrey Lewis, school board representative for the Havana area. “It is important that we continue the involvement and support of our parents, the community, business and faith-based partners. The new construction and combining of the Havana Middle and Havana Elementary Schools will definitely benefit the students in this area.”
There will be many academic enhancements created by the merger including the creation of seamless teaching and learning for Pre-K thru 8th Grade.
Plans on the academic side of the merger include the use of the STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program.
STEAM will provide studies in Science in such areas as greenhouse use, aquaculture and partnerships with FSU College of Medicine; Technology will include smart boards: Engineering will involve robotics teams; Arts will include drama/theatre animation; and in Mathematics there will be computer modeling and math labs, just to name a few of the possible enhancements planned.
“I am really excited about building a new Pre K-3rd grade center on the campus of Havana Middle School. I believe the new center, as well as the infusion of technology will help drive our students toward excellence,” School Superintendent Reginald James stated.