A Bay County charter school moves forward to build a brand new facility. North Bay Haven Charter Academy now has architectural renderings of what the final product will look like.
"The plan is to put the entire K-12 at that location," says Dr. Tim Kitts, CEO of North Bay Haven Charter Academy. "We have different phases in which we are going to have to do the construction. We don't garner enough dollars to be able to build the whole facility at one time."
The school closed on the 1.5 million dollar piece of property located along County Road 390 back in January. Now with these rendering, students and parents can get a better picture of the final product.
"In phase one only you will have the middle school, the high school, the cafeteria, the gym with band and choir facility. [There will be] two athletic fields, tennis courts and all the parking," says Dr. Kitts.
The 3 million dollar gym, in phase one, is thanks to the Bay District School Board for moving the project up on the Half-cent Sales Tax list.
"We are greatly indebted to them for the fact that they moved forward and put the North Bay Haven gymnasium on the list that will be receiving funding from the 25 million dollar bond that they set forth," says Dr. Kitts.
Phase two includes the construction of the elementary school and the administrative building. With the entire project costing more than 20 million dollars, North Bay Haven cCarter Academy is encouraging parents to get involved.
"I've been hearing from parents that they are going to be part of the capital campaign, and what we're really asking parents is if they contribute ten dollars a month for the entire year that would help us garner up to $240,000 in additional capital funding to make this project work," says Dr. Kitts.
Dr. Kitts says the school hopes to officially break ground this July.