A historic milestone was achieved with this week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the construction project that will create permanent buildings at Marco Island Academy’s San Marco Road campus.
Work will begin in June on Phase One, which will include a two-story building containing a multi-use gym with a stage and a school lobby at a cost of $4.5 million. Phase Two will consist of a three-story addition to the building including 16 state-of-the-art classrooms in the academic center, while Phase Three will include the soccer field, removal of the existing portable classroom buildings located at the school, and more.
The total project costs are $12.5 million.
The groundbreaking was held May 13. It was preceded by brief remarks from Jane Watt, MIA’s founder and chairman of the board of directors, the school’s principal, Melissa Scott, board members and people who’ve been instrumental in raising and donating funds for the project and for the high school.
Since its opening in 2011, MIA has operated from portable classrooms.
For more on this story, turn to the May 24 issue of the Coastal Breeze News.