Pinellas County Schools and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg announce plans to partner on community school
LARGO, FL (September 18, 2019) - Pinellas County Schools has announced plans to build a new middle school in collaboration with a YMCA facility on the former Riviera Middle School site in northeast St. Petersburg. The School District submitted a joint development proposal to the Florida Department of Education, which was recently approved. The project will feature shared spaces, such as a gymnasium, cafeteria and makerspace. The new school and YMCA facility will provide families in the northeast St. Petersburg area with more education, wellness and community outreach opportunities.
“Pinellas County Schools is thrilled to work with the YMCA to bring educational and community resources to St. Petersburg families. This is a unique partnership that will support the whole student and encourage family and community involvement in our schools,” explained Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., Pinellas County Schools Superintendent.
“There has long been a joint vision between the YMCA and Pinellas County Schools. We are excited that we have been given the opportunity to make this vision come true,” said David Jezek, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.
In the coming months, Pinellas County Schools and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg will work to finalize the design and operational plans for the middle school and YMCA facility.