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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2020 3 months ago

Ormond Beach City Commission wants School Board to choose Osceola Elementary site in school merger

Also in City Watch: City calls for a workshop on Avalon Park Daytona Beach.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Ormond Beach City Commission supports a merger between Ormond Beach and Ortona Elementary, and hope Volusia County Schools decides to build the new school at the Osceola site. 

The School Board is slated to make a decision on which location to build the new elementary — or three-story K-8 — on May 12. City Commissioner Susan Persis, whose husband Carl Persis represents District 4 on the School Board, said having a K-8 at Osceola would be a benefit to the city and that it would help to increase property values.

Commissioner Troy Kent, an Osceola Elementary alumnus himself, said the school is important to the community. The school is in his zone, and he is not concerned about the building’s height if the School Board chooses to build a three-story K-8. Few homes will have direct frontage, and the school is by Hillside Cemetery.

“Osceola is a special place, and it’s a great location to keep a school,” Kent said.

The School Board previously expressed concern over a stormwater pipe that bisects the school site, but Planning Director Steven Spraker said a new building scenario was thought up where the pipe isn’t a problem. 

Mayor Bill Partington pointed out that only 200 students go to Ortona, while 400 attend Osceola. He said the School Board should consider disrupting the least amount of people.

Graduation dates

Volusia County Schools has announced the backup dates for high school graduations at the Ocean Center. For our local high schools, they are:

  • Seabreeze High School: 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 9
  • Mainland High School: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 9

Bridge lighting

The Granada Bridge lighting project began on Monday, April 27, the city announced on its Facebook page.

Residents should expect delays and possible lane closures over the next few weeks.

Utility credits

Some Ormond Beach water and sewer customers (both residential and commercial) will be issued a credit for their service deposits.

This will only apply to resident who have not already been refunded their deposit after two years of good payments. City staff will present a resolution at a future meeting.

Daytona’s impact

With the Avalon Park Daytona Beach development seeming like it will happen, bringing 20,000 new residents west of I-95, outside Ormond Beach, city officials are calling for a workshop to discuss the development’s impact on the city. 

“It’s disgusting for our current residents to have to deal with a situation like that, and very few, if any benefits for Ormond Beach,” Kent said.

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