Carrollwood Day School (CDS) in Tampa is growing to meet community demand.
Having begun an $8 million expansion project in January, construction is on track for the day school's
renovation and expansion project which includes a larger space for its high school
, a new elementary school
and a completely revamped auditorium; construction on the high school and auditorium saw completion just before the first day of classes on August 22.
In the first of two phases of the project, CDS
expanded its already-existing auditorium building by approximately 13,000 square feet, adding a catwalk to connect classrooms and improving the building's ceiling and lighting.
The remainder of the construction will add approximately 35,000 square feet surrounding the elementary school court yard and a two-story building featuring a new student media center, computer lab, multipurpose room, music classrooms and administrative offices, among other things. Completion for the elementary project is expected by Thanksgiving.
"We need this expansion," says Mary Kanter, CDS' head of school. "We must continue to grow and give the best possible education to our children."
While much of the first phase of the project has seen completion, the second phase is set to include a new middle school
and gym, as well as expanded sports fields and tennis courts. Funds are currently being raised for the remainder of the campus' construction, provided by various donors.
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Mary Kanter, Carrollwood Day School