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Sanders School plans get okay

The renovation of the school for emotionally handicapped children is expected to be completed in spring 2002.

By ANNE LINDBERG

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001


PINELLAS PARK -- Demolition began months ago, but the plans for a renovated Sanders School were not approved until Tuesday.

The City Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, approved a site plan on Tuesday for the school for severely emotionally handicapped children at 4860 78th Ave. N. The council had to sit as the Redevelopment Agency because the school, which is almost opposite City Hall, is in the redevelopment area.

The entire renovation will cost at least $11-million, said Jim Miller, director of real property for the Pinellas County School District.

"The school, we feel, is going to be a major benefit to the city," Miller said.

The project should be completed in the spring of 2002, he said.

At that time, the district will remove portable classrooms that are now on the site and put in a playground.

The Sanders project is one of two the School District has started in Pinellas Park.

The other is the renovation and rebuilding of Nina Harris Exceptional Education Center.

That project will eventually house 316 students from kindergarten through age 23. Costing more than $13-million-plus, it is scheduled to take about 14 months.

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