By Dale White |Staff Writer
PARRISH — Another elementary school in the growing Parrish area is expected to open in August 2019.
On Thursday, Manatee County School District representatives shared plans for the campus, tentatively named North County Elementary School, with the Manatee County Commission. The commission voted 4-3 to accept those plans. Commissioners Robin DiSabatino, Vanessa Baugh and Charles Smith dissented, largely because of traffic concerns that may still need to be resolved.
Ryland Homes, developer of the nearby subdivision Copperstone, donated the more than 20-acre site at 8610 115th Ave. E., on the south side of Moccasin Wallow Road, to the School Board in 2006.
The two-story, 116,880-square-foot campus will accommodate 816 pupils. Its design will be similar to the rebuilt Miller Elementary School in west Bradenton.
Schools planner Mike Pendley said the attendance zone for the campus has not been drawn yet, but the school will substantially relieve Mills Elementary in Parrish, which exceeds its capacity by 500 pupils.