Shiloh Charter continues to grow
PLANT CITY - Shiloh Charter School is adding 11 portable classrooms to accommodate its growing number of students. Enrollment at the school north of Interstate 4 has increased from 200 students in 2007 to 600 expected for 2012-13. The number of school employees has grown from 10 to 57 in the same period of time, Principal Shirley Sanchez said. Plans filed with the city show the school is adding portables with about 1,500 square feet of space each and 31 more parking spaces. Sanchez said three of the portables were already on site and formerly were used for storage. The other eight are new, constructed of concrete and metal. The school will use the additional portables for a music room and fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.The school, which includes kindergarten through eighth grade, welcomes students back to class on Aug. 21. The school follows the same calendar as the county school district. Shiloh is also trying to set up a computer lab and is currently seeking sponsors and donations, Sanchez said. To help out, call the school at (813) 707-1060. Shiloh Charter, 905 W. Terrace Drive, leases land from the adjacent Shiloh Baptist Church.