Winding Waters K8 expansion breaks ground

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Brooksville - The Hernando School District held a groundbreaking event Tuesday for an expansion project at Winding Waters K-8. The past year has seen a large home development boom in the Weeki Wachee area, resulting in growing numbers of new students enrolled at the school - up more than 200 students from last year.

The addition, designed by Zyscovich Architects and constructed by contractor T&G Construction, will add 12 new classrooms to the campus and will cost just under $4 million. Using funds generated from impact fees, district leaders were able to move the WWK8 addition up on the priority project list to accommodate the school's growth. The addition is slated to open for students when the 2022-23 school year begins in August.

Tuesday's groundbreaking included district leaders, school board members, school administrators, representatives from both contractors and more than 130 WWK8 fourth graders who will be the first to occupy the new classrooms as fifth graders in August. "Our building committee is excited to share the beautiful addition with our students and community," said WWK8 Principal Janet Cerro. "We appreciate everything the contractors and staff did to make the event festive and special for our students."