WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building Hope, a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating quality K-12 charter school opportunities for students through its expertise in real estate, finance and operational services, yesterday celebrated the official opening of Burns Science and Technology High School (Burns Sci Tech) in Oak Hill, FL after breaking ground less than a year ago. Burns Sci Tech and Building Hope’s relationship has spanned over a decade and has resulted in this new facility creating a complete Kindergarten through 12th grade educational experience for students and families. With the addition of the 23,000 square foot high school facility, Burns Sci Tech will now serve nearly 1,000 students and employ 104 educators and staff.
“In just under a year, we see our dream of a new, state-of-the-art school in the Burns Sci Tech and Oak Hill community coming true,” said Principal Dr. Jan McGee. “With Building Hope as our partner, we have been able to expand our mission to educate high school students and leaders who are inspired, capable, and ready to make a positive difference in the world. I couldn’t be more excited to open the doors and welcome our new students.”
Sherilyn Moore, Building Hope’s Chief Marketing Officer, said, “The Building Hope team is committed to providing a new facility that would enable Burns Sci Tech to thrive and engage the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) to train. We would like to thank the Burns Sci Tech leadership team for their vision, direction and partnership, not just over the past year but over the past decade.”
Headmaster Dr. Jan McGee and Assistant Principal and Interim Principal Daniel Hargrave, along with officials from Building Hope, were joined at the ribbon-cutting event by community leaders and state legislators. Florida State Senator Tom A. Wright, Oak Hill Mayor Douglas Gibson, Florida House candidate Chase Tramont, and Burns Sci Tech School Board Chairman Albert Amalfitano shared the importance of Burns Sci Tech educational opportunities to the community Pupils and families of County Volusia. Also in attendance were members of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, Oak Hill City Council, Oak Hill Community Trust and the Burns Sci Tech School Board to celebrate with students and families.
Building Hope Project Manager of Real Estate Justin Little, who attended the launch event, shared, “It has been a pleasure to work with Burns Sci Tech and the City of Oak Hill to build a new educational home for 400 high school students. But it’s never just about building a brick-and-mortar facility – with each of our charter school projects, we invest in students and their future success, we learn from our community partners, and together we help create the kind of world we want To live in.”
Burns Sci Tech is located on the site of the former WF Burns Elementary School which closed in 2008. Community leaders, educators, and parents worked tirelessly to keep the building intact. In late 2010, the Volusia County School Board and Charter Evaluation Committee recommended approval of the Burns Science and Technology Charter.
The new location of Burns Sci Tech High School is adjacent to the existing school.
For more information on how Building Hope supports foundation schools across the country with facilities, funding and operational services, visit www.buildinghope.org.
About building hope
Building Hope is a non-profit foundation established to support public charter schools. Since 2003, Building Hope has expanded the capacity of charter schools across the country by providing facilities, financial and operational services so schools can focus more time and resources on educating students. Building Hope has supported 300 charter school projects and 150,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia by providing more than $363 million in direct loans, credit enhancements and equity investments to support $1.9 billion in school construction support.