And now for some groundbreaking news: Polk County Public Schools is pleased to formally announce a new elementary school in the Mulberry area.
The unnamed K-5 school is under construction at 4815 Bailey Road and is expected to be complete for the start of the 2021-22 school year.
The 127,000-square-foot school will have capacity for approximately 1,000 students. It will serve the existing student population at Kingsford Elementary and provide enrollment relief to James W. Sikes and R. Bruce Wagner elementary schools.
Kingsford Elementary, which was built in 1962, has no room left to expand and is in need of major renovations; it could be modernized or repurposed in the future.
The $34 million Bailey Road school is being financed in part by our district’s half-cent sales tax initiative, which was renewed by Polk County voters in 2018.
A committee including district officials and community members will propose names and other details for the new school; the community will also have an opportunity to provide feedback.
Angela Usher, assistant superintendent of facilities and operations for PCPS, said the district is excited to officially announce the Bailey Road school.
“I am pleased we are now able to provide Mulberry-area students with a brand new, state-of-the-art elementary school, with the most up-to-date and innovative learning environment, technology and amenities,” Usher said.