ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Northern St. Johns County is bursting at the seams with one new development popping up right after the other.
"People continue to move here, and growth is very extensive," said Paul Rose, executive director of facilities for the St. Johns County School District.
The County's highly rated school system is struggling to house the influx of students.
"Some kids are currently in relocatable classrooms and that's not what we'd like," said Rose.
Their solution; two new, state-of-the-art K-8 schools in Nocatee and in Durbin Crossing. At 150,000 square feet, each school will house more that 1,200 St. Johns County students, many already waiting to get out of their existing crammed classrooms.
Built to green standards with energy-saving light and air-conditioning systems, the schools will come with a hefty price tag, but facilities director Paul Rose says the efficient technology will pay for itself in the long run.
"Sure you're putting in a lot of money up front, but you're gaining tremendous savings over the life cycle of the building," said Rose.
Both schools are slated to break ground in the next month and are expected to be completed by August of 2014.