Innovation Montessori Ocoee Celebrates Opening of the Primary Building at New Campus
OCOEE, Fla. – August 11, 2017 – Innovation Montessori Ocoee (formerly known as Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School) marked the opening of the Primary building on its 18-acre campus with a ribbon-cutting event earlier today. More than 50 special guests and students attended the event including Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson and City Commissioners, members of the Governing Board of Directors, school administration and faculty, Building Hope, the Washington D.C. based organization that is developing the project and has secured funding for the project, and representatives from the West Orange Chamber of Commerce among other distinguished guests.
“The opening of the Primary building on our new campus is a dream come true since our humble beginnings in a strip mall just six years ago,” said Sherilyn Moore, Governing Board President, Innovation Montessori Ocoee. “The new campus and much larger facilities will meet a critical growth need for our school by offering more room to learn and space to explore and play for our more than 475 students. We have a waiting list of over 1,000 students who desire a high-quality public Montessori education and we will be able to accommodate more students at our new campus,” said Moore.
The new campus is programmed for three buildings on the 18-acre parcel totaling approximately 46,000 square feet of indoor climate controlled learning space. An existing 4.5-acre nature preserve will remain as part of the student experience. In addition to the preserve, the development team carefully selected more than 200 trees to maintain a pristine and peaceful environment around the buildings.
The Primary building offers 8,000 square feet of indoor learning space in five classrooms for the 150 PreK through Kindergarten students. The outdoor attached 15,000 square foot fenced play area provides students with ample space to play in the grass field, large circular Trike Track and equipment including Lumi kinetic riders which generate light based on usage encouraging kids to spend more time playing. Solar panels will be added to the building to reduce energy consumption and the on-site pond serves as the water source for the campus-wide irrigation system creating a closed-loop that is environmentally friendly.
Ocoee Mayor Johnson expressed his excitement for the new building and campus as well as ongoing support from the City as the entire campus is slated for completion in late December 2017. He noted that the new campus represents more space to develop students into our future leaders.
Building Hope’s Vice President of Development, Dru Damico, involved the students in the audience and shared with them how they are the reason and the focus behind creating this engaging new learning environment. He emphasized that Building Hope is proud to partner with Innovation Montessori of Ocoee and lead the development process at the new campus.
Currently under construction, the two-story, 34,000 square foot Main building and attached 45,000 square foot play area are slated to be completed by the end of December to open in January for grades one through eight, including Music, Art, and Science rooms and the main administrative offices. Additionally, a 4,000 square foot Multipurpose building will open with the Main building and offer flex space for various school programs and larger student gatherings.
About Innovation Montessori Ocoee
Innovation Montessori Ocoee began as Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School in 2011 in a rented suite of a strip mall. Six years later, the school has grown to more than 475 PreK- eighth grade students with a waiting list of over 1,000 children. Eighth grade launches in fall 2017. Innovation Montessori of Ocoee is a public, non-profit charter school created for children, by parents, using one of the most child-centered and effective educational philosophies in the world – Montessori. Children are at the heart of everything we do and the best interests of our students are the basis of every decision we make.
For more information, please visit www.innovationmontessori.com.
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