Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the Pinecrest Academy Space Coast Charter School, which is under construction at 7550 Stadium Parkway, is still set to open in August, according to school principal Sylvia Mijuskovic.
"The construction (of the school) is so far along, that I don't think there's going to be any negative impact," said Mijuskovic, who was formerly the principal at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School and has 34 years of experience in education in Brevard and Miami-Dade counties.
Mijuskovic said the school, the exterior of which is a very light gray, will feature halls that have a contrasting blue with classrooms that feature a lighter, baby-blue color.
The school will have classes for kindergarten through second grade on the first floor and third grade and up on the second floor. It will have purple and white as its school colors, which already are prominent on the school’s website.
"Having that creativity, flexibility to make it my own has been kind of neat," Mijuskovic said.
Beyond the aesthetics, the school’s mission, according to its brochures will focus "on a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines, enhanced by a Spanish dual language program that will create biliterate citizens."
"The community is so excited with the dual-language and STEM component," Mijuskovic said.
However, there are other facets to the opening of the school that have been impacted due to the outbreak.
"I had a lot of community events planned to market the school, PR the school," Mijuskovic said. "I held a job fair where I had more than 50 teachers come to learn about that school. Now, I have to do Skype interviews because you can't get together."
Ultimately, Mijuskovic intends to hire between 25 and 30 faculty members with other hires coming for staff as well, she said.
Mijuskovic also notes that she’s hoping to have seventh- and eighth-grade students for the upcoming school year, but that she needs 50 of each to register to be able to make that a reality.
"Right now, it would appear that I will be able to include a seventh grade," Mijuskovic said. "… Eighth grade is still kind of iffy."
Priority registration is open until April 15, Mijuskovic added.
"In two-and-a-half weeks, we’ve had 300 registrations," Mijuskovic said.
Mijuskovic said she’s giving regular updates on the school’s Facebook page, and that those interested in more information or registration can contact her through the Facebook page or the school’s website at pinecrestspacecoast.com.