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Letters delivered for east Orange County relief school

Residents want new school to be built to alleviate crowding at Avalon Middle

Local 6 News at Noon
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Nearly 3,000 letters were delivered by parents in Orange County to the board of commissioners Monday signed by Avalon Park community members who want a new middle school to be built.

Residents want a new school to be built in the Timber Springs subdivision to alleviate overcrowding at Avalon Middle.

"970 kids is what that Avalon Park Middle is made for and they have 1,800 kids," said James Benscooter, the parents a 4th grader who is zoned to attend Avalon Park Middle in less than two years.

"Our school is currently overcrowded by double and we strongly believe that this middle school in our neighborhood is going to help raise our property values and complete our community," said Camille Laboy, the mother of a current Avalon Park Middle student.

The plot of land these parents want the school to be built on is already owned by Orange County Public Schools. The issue is getting the county commission to make a change to the land use to allow a middle school to be built and not an elementary school as it's zoned for now. Those against another middle school say the land is too small for it and traffic will become an issue. Supporters say there is no correlation between lot size and the success of a school.

The parents hand delivered bags full of signed letters to commissioner's secretaries. They're schedule to meet with a few commissioners and the mayor's staff Monday afternoon. People will have the chance to speak about the relief school during public comments at the county commission meeting on April 21 at 2 p.m.