WASHINGTON-(BUSINESS 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 operations services, yesterday celebrated the official grand opening of the Science and Technology High School Burns (Burns Sci Tech) in Oak Hill, Florida after breaking ground less than a year ago. The relationship between Burns Sci Tech and Building Hope spans a decade and has resulted, with this new facility, in the creation of a full kindergarten through 12th grade 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 faculty and staff.
“In just under a year, we are seeing our dream of a new, state-of-the-art school become a reality in the Burns Sci Tech and Oak Hill community,” said Principal Dr. Ian McGee. “With Building Hope as our partner, we have been able to expand our mission to cultivate 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 Chief Marketing Officer Sherilyn Moore said: “The Building Hope team is committed to providing a new facility that will allow Burns Sci Tech to grow and educate the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). We want to thank the Burns Sci Tech leadership team for their vision, direction and partnership not only over the past year, but over the past decade.”
Principal Dr. Ian McGee and Assistant Principal and Interim High School Principal Danielle Hargrave, along with Building Hope staff, were joined at the ribbon cutting event by community leaders and state legislative representatives. Florida Senate Senator Tom A. Wright, 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 Burns Sci Tech’s educational opportunity for students and families of Volusia County. Additionally, members of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, Oak Hill City Council, Oak Hill Community Trust and the Burns Cy Tech School Board were on hand to celebrate with students and families.
Building Hope Real Estate Project Manager Justin Little, who attended the ribbon cutting event, said, “It was a pleasure to partner with Burns Sci Tech and the City of Oak Hill to build a new educational home for 400 high school students. 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 you to live in. ”
Burns Sci Tech is housed 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 Evaluation Committee recommended approval for the Burns Science and Technology Charter.
The new Burns Sci Tech High School site is right next to the existing school.
For more information 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 non-profit 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 focus more time and resources on student learning. Building Hope has supported 300 charter school projects and 150,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia by providing more than $363 million in direct loans, credit enhancements and equity investments to support $1.9 billion in school construction.