WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Building Hope, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to creating high-quality K-12 charter school opportunities for students through its expertise in real estate, finance and operational services, yesterday celebrated the official opening of Burns Science and Technology High School. (Burns Sci Tech) in Oak Hill, FL, after beginning construction less than a year ago. Burns Sci Tech and Building Hope’s relationship spans a decade and has resulted, with this new facility, in creating a complete K-12 educational experience for students and families. With the addition of the 23,000 square foot high school facility, Burns Sci Tech will now serve nearly 1,000 students and employ 104 educators and staff.
“In just under a year, we are seeing our dream of a new, state-of-the-art school come true in the Burns Sci Tech and Oak Hill community,” said Principal Dr. Jan McGee. “With Building Hope as our partner, we have been able to further our mission of cultivating high school students and leaders who are inspired, capable and prepared to make a positive difference in the world. I couldn’t be more excited to open the doors and welcome our new students.”
Building Hope Marketing Director Sherilyn Moore said, “The Building Hope team has been dedicated to delivering a new facility that would allow Burns Sci Tech to grow and educate the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science leaders. and Mathematics (STEAM). We want to thank the leadership team at Burns Sci Tech for their vision, direction and partnership, not just over the last year, but over the last decade as well.”
Principal Dr. Jan McGee and Assistant Principal and Interim High School Principal Daniel Hargrave, along with Building Hope officials, joined the ribbon-cutting event along with community leaders and state legislative representatives. Senator Tom A. Wright of the Florida Senate, Oak Hill Mayor Douglas Gibson, Florida House of Representatives candidate Chase Tramont, and Burns Sci Tech School Board President Albert Amalfitano shared the importance of the Burns Sci Tech educational opportunity to the students and families of Volusia County. In addition, members of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, Oak Hill City Council, Oak Hill Community Trust and Burns Sci Tech School Board were in attendance to celebrate with students and families.
Building Hope Real Estate Project Manager Justin Little, who attended the groundbreaking event, shared, “It has been a pleasure collaborating with Burns Sci Tech and the City of Oak Hill to build a new educational home for 400 students. high school . But it’s never just about building a physical facility: With each of our charter school projects, we invest in students and their future success, learn from our community partners, and together help build the kind of world we want. To live in.”
Burns Sci Tech is located on the site of the former WF Burns Elementary School, which closed in 2008. Community leaders, educators, and parents worked tirelessly to keep the building intact. In late 2010, the Volusia County School Board and Charter Review Committee recommended approval of the Burns Science and Technology Charter.
The new Burns Sci Tech High School site is directly next to the existing school.
To learn more about how Building Hope helps charter schools across the country with facilities, funding, and operational services, visit www.buildinghope.org.
About Building Hope
Building Hope is a nonprofit foundation created to support public charter schools. Since 2003, Building Hope has increased the capacity of charter schools across the country by providing facilities, financial and operational services, so schools can devote more time and resources to educating students. Building Hope has supported 300 charter school projects and 150,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia, providing more than $363 million in direct loans, credit enhancements and capital investments to support $1.9 billion in school construction.