OCPS | 150th Anniversary – District Growth

In 1870 Orange County Public Schools was operating five schools, with 135 students and revenues amounting to the grand sum of $480.61. Fifty years later there were 45 schools with an operating budget of $130,000. In 1925 Ocoee High School was built at a cost of $40,000. As the population continued to grow, so did OCPS. The district continued to open many new schools to accommodate families moving to the area. From 2003 to 2019 OCPS built 53 new schools and replaced or renovated 124 schools thanks to a half-penny sales tax approved by voters in 2002 and again in 2014. Residential development impact fees and property taxes also help fund new schools. Today, a high school campus with over 376,000 square feet costs $88.4 million. As OCPS celebrates 150 years, there are now 199 schools with an annual general budget of just under $1.9 billion. Providing instruction to over 212,000 students. With schools now filled with outstanding teachers and technology, Orange County Public Schools continues to lead students to success and prepare them for the future.

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