It’s been a rough road at times for Florida A&M University's Developmental Research School, known as FAMU DRS, but secured funding from the Legislature may be the turnaround the aging school needs.
This rundown facility has been a priority for FAMU Board of Trustees chairman James Corbin. Legislators and university administrators say he's worked tirelessly to get FAMU's Developmental Research School some much needed funding.
“It is an old school. Much of it was built prior to 1956. It is not conducive to learning,” says Dr. Fred Gainous.
Rep. Curtis Richardson says that should soon change as $17.8 million has been secured in the state budget for FAMU DRS.
“It will give them the opportunity to relocate and provide better learning environment at the school,” says Rep. Curtis Richardson.
The new school for baby Rattlers is slated to be built at the corner of Orange Avenue and Wahnish Way. Already owned by the university, leaders say they are ready to get started.
If the funding goes through, Gainous hopes to begin construction on a new FAMU DRS this fall. He says the old building may be turned into offices for the president and other top administrators.