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Leon County School Board Approves PACE School Relocation

Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 14:45:41-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Tuesday night, the Leon County School Board voted to approve the relocation of "PACE School."

It's an agenda item that has been championed by Superintendent Rocky Hanna for the past five years.

Playgrounds are common place at Leon County Schools but at PACE, the reality is a little different.

PACE serves at risk students 2nd through 12th graders with developmental disabilities or behavioral needs. Classes run out of these 28 portable units. Some date back to the 1940s.

"The floors are starting to fall through... one of my students actually went through the floor (his foot) this school year, and if you walk even through the front office here, you'll hear the floor creaking underneath you. I'm mostly excited for my students," said Amy Alvis, the assistant principal and site manager at PACE School. "They deserve the same equal access to facilities as any non disabled peer and they're very excited about having a real school. I believe it's going to change their pride in their school and just their self esteem getting to go to a permanent facility."

The new facility will be permanent, with a cafeteria, media lab and assembly hall.

Students will be able to be separated by grade, and VP says she's confident the new building will be an improvement that will help teachers better meet the unique needs of PACE students.