MIAMI (CBS4) – Parents, teachers and local officials gathered to rally at Miami Norland Senior High School Monday afternoon.
They’re hoping President Obama’s job bill goes through, as they say it would mean much needed construction jobs for the unemployed and much needed funding for the districts schools.READ MORE: Formula 1 Racing Coming to Miami Gardens, Some Residents Aren't Happy About It
If passed, Miami-Dade would get 267 million dollars to help with school construction.
It is money that would help but not solve the entire problem.READ MORE: Zoo Miami Helps Discover A Brand New Spider Species In Miami
Miami Norland Senior High School is a 50 year old building. Students learn in as many as a dozen portable classrooms. Some portables are 20 years old and falling apart.
“I even attended Norland and I graduated in 89 and it’s still the same way,” said Roxanne Estwick, a parent. “You know it should be redone so the children’s sprits can be uplifted and you know feel much better about it.”
It would cost 30 to 32 million dollars to build a new school. District officials said if they were to rebuild or repair all of its schools like Norland it would cost close to 2 billion dollars. The district only has 20 million in funding.MORE NEWS: South Florida Restaurants Desperate For Workers Offer $400 Signing Bonuses
“This is not unique to Miami Norland,” said Jaime Torrens, the Chief Facilities Officer for Miami Dade Schools. “This is a situation throughout the district. We have half of our schools are over 40 years old and about a third of them are 50 years old.”