The Real Deal Miami

Broward bus depot to become vocational school

February 22, 2012 03:45PM

Aerial shot of the Southwest Area Bus Facility

The unused $20 million Southwest Area Bus Facility in Pembroke Pines will be transformed into a vocational school next year that provides adult job training, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The 33-acre site, off Southwest 202nd Avenue and Stirling road, would allow adults to earn general education diplomas, learn English, and gain experience in commercial driving, automotive services and automobile maintenance.

The proposal has the added benefit of saving the district’s transportation department, which runs at a $50 million deficit, some $15 million. Under the plan, the savings would be earmarked for hiring more teachers in the county’s school districts. Further, using the bus depot eliminates the need for a new vocational facility for which some offficials have been clamoring.

However, part of that savings would come from a reduction in transportation staff. [OS]