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Plans Finalized For Relocating Starke Elementary Students

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starkeelementaryBradford County School District officials have made final plans to relocate students who attend Starke Elementary.

The school was closed last week after an engineering report showed unacceptable levels of mold in the school. The levels were so high administrators were concerned students, teachers and employees could become ill.

“The well-being of our students and staff is my top priority,” said Chad Farnsworth, Bradford County Superintendent of Schools. “I thank the members of our community for their understanding and willingness to help with this relocation.”

Closing the school was not an easy decision but Farnsworth said it was necessary in order to permanently solve the reoccurring issue.

Students are expected to return to classes on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The temporary locations for Starke Elementary students are:

Prekindergarten – Madison Street Baptist Church
900 W. Madison Street • Starke, Florida, 32091 • 904-964-7557 (Church) or 904-966-6896 (pre-K)
This school will serve both Starke Elementary School & Southside Elementary School starting Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kindergarten – Southside Elementary School
823 Stansbury Street • Starke, Florida, 32091 • 904-966-6061

First Grade – Lawtey Elementary School
22703 N. Park Street • Lawtey, Florida, 32058 • 904-966-6795

Second Grade – Lawtey Elementary Schools
22703 N. Park Street • Lawtey, Florida, 32058 • 904-966-6795

Third Grade – Bradford County School District (conference rooms)
501 W. Washington Street • Starke, Florida 32091 • 904-966-6818

Fourth Grade – Southside Elementary School
823 Stansbury Street • Starke, Florida, 32091 • 904-966-6061

Fifth Grade – Santa Fe College Stump Building 520 West Pratt Street • Starke, FL 32091 • 904-964-2763

Parents with multiple children may want to consider a special pupil assignment to Lawtey Elementary School to keep siblings in the same school location for convenience. Call Lawtey Elementary at 904.966.6795 to facilitate this request.

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