Palencia Elementary School opens this year

Christina Langston, Director of Community Relations for the St Johns County School District, reported to Historic City News that, during its last meeting, School Board members approved the name “Palencia Elementary School” for the school previously known as Elementary “L”.

Over the last several months, Principal Don Campbell collected input from the public and provided suggested names to school board members during previous workshops.

Palencia Elementary School, located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, will contain approximately 100,000 square-feet of space and 44 classrooms when it opens for the 2012-2013 school year.

“Movable walls will open to create flexible-sized classroom spaces and enable teachers and paraprofessionals to work cooperatively,” Campbell said. “The school includes state-of-the-art technology and is being built to “Green Building” standards.”

Through a variety of planned activities, the new school can facilitate expanded learning opportunities for the approximately 738 students who will attend.