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FAU & St. Lucie School District Break Ground for New K-8 Laboratory Research School at Tradition

            PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (February 16, 2007) – Leaders from Florida Atlantic University, St. Lucie County Public Schools and Core Communities broke ground today on a new developmental research charter laboratory school to open next year in Tradition.  The area’s first university charter laboratory school will serve as a model for innovative teaching and education on the Treasure Coast.

            “The development of this public school will give the children of our community the opportunity to learn in an environment fostered by the latest in educational research,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan.   “FAU is pleased to continue its commitment of educating and developing the future leaders of tomorrow.”  

            The school is slated to open for the 2008-09 school year and will accommodate approximately 1600 students and 120 teachers. The curriculum and instruction will be linked to FAU faculty and researchers, giving the students a novel learning environment and experience.

            “This facility will further advance our public schools and all of St. Lucie County as a community dedicated to educational excellence, a highly educated work force and a future that links the application of knowledge with an improved standard of living for all residents” said St. Lucie County Public School’s Superintendent Michael J. Lannon.

            The charter laboratory school is a public school operated by FAU-Treasure Coast University Schools in collaboration with St. Lucie County Public Schools.   They form a unique relationship with FAU providing program oversight, and a pioneering level of opportunity for inventive teaching methods and research. The school will be held to all state accountability measures including student performance, the FCAT, and meaningful research and grant support.

            Teachers and administrators for the new charter school will have the opportunities and encouragement to research new educational options by redefining course content, instructional methods and organizational framework. The school will also serve as a training ground for new and existing teachers serving the county’s students.

            In its continued commitment to quality education, Core Communities transferred the title of the property, a total of 33 acres, to the school district.   “We’re very proud that the Town of Tradition will be home to the area’s first laboratory research school,” said Core Communities President Pete Hegener. “This facility will showcase original teaching techniques and become a model for education in Florida.”

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