As director of FAMU's Developmental Research School, Dr. Marvin Henderson says the current facility has become inadequate to teach the school's 400 plus students.
"The current building has about 18 to 20 classrooms, but the new one, built in compliance with the class size reduction amendment, is going to be built for 800 students."
Wednesday, university officials broke ground on the new K-12, $20 million facility. Florida A&M Interim President Castell Bryant says initially, funding for the building was vetoed.
"It's my understanding, because it is prior to my time, there was some concern that the initial allocation had not been used. So because of the way we are funded, there was a decision not to send more money, because it could be used in other ways.”
Former FAMU trustee James Corbin, considered key in securing the funding, credits Florida Governor Jeb Bush for backing the project.
"I called and told him, 'I need to know if you are going to support the new school,’ and he said yes."
For those like Corbin, who are Drs. graduates, the new facility means a bright new beginning. Completion of the new research school is set for fall 2007.