New School Projects
As residential development grows in Hillsborough County, the school district is breaking ground on multiple projects that will create space for the increase in students. The projects, part of the district's Five-Year Work Plan, span pre-kindergarten to high school and include two school expansions and a new magnet school.
See latest progress below and check back often for updates.
Newsome High School Auditorium
Hillsborough County School District is planning to build a new auditorium at Newsome High School to accommodate increased enrollment from when the school opened.
The auditorium is scheduled to open in August of 2023.
If you have any questions, please email: Lauren.Otero@hcps.net
Collins Elementary Expansion into PK-8
Hillsborough County School District is planning to expand Collins Elementary to create a prekindergarten through eighth grade school.
The expansion is scheduled to open August 2023, increasing the school’s capacity to 1,566 students.
Separately, Hillsborough County government is planning a potential community center to the north of the campus. The school and community center are planned to share some recreational facilities.
A community meeting was held Aug. 18, 2021, at the school to discuss the expansion. The presentation shared at the meeting can be viewed below.
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Manhattan Magnet PK-8
The School District is seeking approval from the City of Tampa to construct a new school on the site of the current Manhattan Center at 4210 W. Bay Villa Ave. in Tampa.
The school, estimated to open in 2024, is planned to replace the current Manhattan Center with a 1,620-student capacity prekindergarten through eighth grade magnet school.
A hearing date in September 2021 to consider the school district’s special use permit for the project is being rescheduled. The new date will be posted here once it’s received.
A neighborhood meeting was held Aug. 5, 2021, at the Manhattan Center to discuss the project. The presentation from the meeting can be viewed below or downloaded here.
Details about the school will be posted as information becomes available.
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Spoto High School Addition | Anticipated completion: Summer 2021
A new addition to Spoto High School is under construction. Once complete, the expansion will add 20 classrooms and increase capacity for an additional 475 students. The addition increases the school's overall capacity to 2,556 students. Construction is expected to finish by the end of summer, in time for the 2021-2022 school year. The addition will house the school's Culinary Academy and National Academy of Finance. No changes to the school’s attendance boundary are planned.
UU PK-8 (Apollo Beach/Waterset Area) Magnet School | Anticipated completion: August 2022
A new magnet school in the Apollo Beach area will provide an additional option for students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade in the South County area. The new school will have a capacity of 1,620 students and will be located at 5995 Covington Garden Drive within the Waterset development.
While details of the program's composition are still being developed, the district is pursuing the opportunity to potentially offer families the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at this Magnet School. Incorporating unique fine arts and science pathways with state-of-the-art labs and technology, this Magnet School promises not just to help students explore the world around them but also engage in their learning in new and unique ways.
Wimauma Elementary School Addition | Anticipated Completion: August 2021
A new addition at Wimauma Elementary School will add 17 classrooms and capacity for 306 additional students. The 20,995-square-foot addition, which will be located just to the west of the current school, increases the overall school capacity to 965 students. The wing will be connected to other buildings with a covered walkway. The project will make additional improvements to the campus, including a new vehicle loop and expanded cafeteria. The attendance boundary is expected remain the same at this time and will serve students from new development.
The graphic above shows an aerial view of the Wimauma Elementary School campus.
The addition is shown in dark blue on the west side of campus. The new parent loop is shown in yellow to the east.