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Norland Senior High celebrates groundbreaking

Renovations begin after 55 years

Ashley Montgomery | 11/14/2013, 9 a.m.
Breaking ground on the new Norland Senior High.

Students and faculty of Miami Norland Senior High School [MNSH] have been walking the same hallways since 1958. Now, after a promise was made last year by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a brand new school is on the horizon.

On Nov. 6, 2012 county voters for approved an issuance of $1.2B General Obligation Bond [GOB] for dozens of Miami-Dade County Public Schools [M-DCPS] in need.

The GOB will go towards renovating buildings, updating technology, building school replacements, expanding student capacity and enhancing facility safety.

“Our community allowed their voices to be heard and nearly 70 percent of those voting supported the measure,” an excerpt from the back page of the program read.

Leaders of M-DCPS cheered and smiled along with the students, faculty and parents at the groundbreaking celebration. Students like freshman Deliscia Glenn said that with a new school a better environment will come.

“I was just an elated attendee at the Norland Sr. High groundbreaking ceremony,” said Rothel Fussel, a minister and City of Miami Gardens resident. “Both of my adult children graduated from Norland so this is a wonderful thing to witness.”

Principal Reginald Lee says he is looking forward to all that is to come with the new school.

“Property value, excitement, just everything you can think of, that puts a smile on your face as a parent and as a student,” Lee said.

M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said that this investment will benefit every single school. By every single school, Carvalho is speaking about the 66 Year-1 projects with construction values between $1 million and $2 million that are underway. He also stressed that the long-term benefits of this 21st century schools bond initiative include the creation of 9,200 jobs throughout the community during the first three years of the bond. More than 18,000 sustainable jobs will be created during the course of construction.

The new Norland campus is expected to open in August 2016.