School District of Manatee County officials will break ground for the district’s newest campus next week in Parrish.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new North River High School will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the 98-acre site on the southeast corner of Martha Road and Erie Road in northeast Manatee County.
North River High School, which will be built to hold between 2,000 and 2,400 students, is scheduled to open in August 2019.
It will be the first new high school opened by the district since Braden River High School opened in August 2005.
The budget for building the new school in Parrish totals $90 million.
“This is an important step forward in terms of facilities for our community and school district,” said Superintendent Diana Greene in a statement. “North River High will provide much needed relief to the overcrowding at Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto and Braden River high schools. We are constantly mindful and thankful to the citizens of Manatee County who approved the half-cent sales tax for district capital needs last year because they made this new school possible.”
Special academic programs expected in the district’s newest school include automotive, health occupations, agriculture and engineering.
The name, North River High School, was unanimously decided upon by the School Board of Manatee County after accepting nominations from county residents earlier this year.
If you go
What: North River High School groundbreaking
When: Tuesday, 11 a.m.
Where: The site of the future school at the southeast corner of Martha Road and Erie Road in northeast Manatee County.