The School Board has selected Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy as the name for the newest public school being built in Polk County. School Board Members voted unanimously to accept the name at the School Board meeting.
The name was recommended by a Naming Committee, which received input from a public survey posted online in September. Board Member Lori Cunningham, whose district encompasses the new school, presented the name to Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy. Final approval of this and all school names rests with the School Board.
Construction is underway for Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy, which will be a K-8 school off Sand Mine Road in Davenport. The school will have the capacity to serve a total of 1,400 students and is expected to cost $43 million. The nearly 200,000-square-foot facility is expected to open August 2016 for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy will be the first model civics-focused school in Polk County and is thought to be the first in Florida. Students will be immersed in civic engagement through learning the history of our democracy, participating in community service projects, character education and volunteer opportunities.
The Superintendent proposed the concept for this new school as a way to stress the importance of civics education, and instill a thoughtful and authentic understanding of what it means to be an active, American citizen.