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02-12-2008 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #36


Title
G-1. Soft Redistricting

Discussion

NOTE: This item has been changed to reflect Board comments at the Board Workshop held on Friday, February 8, 2008.  Changes are in italics.

 

At the Board Workshop on 11/27/07, recommendations were made to reduce student enrollment at eight schools where student enrollment is projected to exceed permanent FISH capacity by 110% or more for the 2008-09 school year. 

 

Based on input from the Board at the Workshop, those recommendations were revised and submitted as an Information Item at the 12/11/07 Board Meeting. 

 

Based on input from the Board at the 12/11/07 Board Meeting, those recommendations were revised and submitted as an Information Item once again at the 1/22/08 Board Meeting. 

 

The recommendations contained in this Action Item have been revised from the 1/22/08 Board Meeting Agenda Item as follow :.  

     Recommendation #2:  Southwest / Central has been deleted and replaced with a recommendation for Roy Allen.

     Recommendation #3:  Suntree / Sea Park has been revised to Suntree / Longleaf.

     Recommendation #4:  A clarification has been added to the Lewis Carroll / Mila  recommendation.

     Recommendation #6:  A correction has been made to the number of prospective students anticipated to attend Imperial Estates. 

     Recommendation #7:  Space Coast / Clearlake has been deleted.

 

In summary, projected student enrollment will be reduced at the six targeted schools by utilizing available capacity in eight nearby schools.  This will be accomplished by:

§         Changing student attendance boundaries, using "soft" redistricting criteria

§         Ending the "cap and bus" policy from Manatee ES to Quest ES

§         Limiting the out-of-area approvals to schools projected to have available capacity

 

The recommendations contain demographic and busing information for each proposed change, as requested by the Board at the 12/11/07 Board Meeting.  It is important to note that because only prospective students will be affected by these recommendations, the demographic changes are estimates based on existing students.  

 

"Soft" redistricting recognizes the vested interest the students have in the schools they attend.  Current students living in the proposed "soft redistricting" areas will not be required to move from the school that they are currently attending to the "new" school. 

 

Criteria for "soft" redistricting and out-of-area approvals are contained in proposed new Policy 7120, an Action Item at the 2/12/08 Board Meeting. 

 

Cost:  Short term transportation costs may increase.



Recommendation

Approve the following changes for the 2008-09 school year to reduce student enrollment at schools where student enrollment is projected to exceed permanent FISH capacity by 110% or more and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing:

 

Area I

Recommendation #1:  Discovery Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary and Lockmar Elementary

Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria.  Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #1.

 

Area II

Recommendation #2:  Roy Allen Elementary and Meadowlane Elementary.

Continue the "Cap and Bus" Policy currently in effect at these schools.  Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #2  (Revised 2-11-08).

 

Recommendation #3:  Suntree Elementary and Longleaf Elementary

Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria.  Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #3 (Revised 2-11-08). 

 

Area III

Recommendation #4:  Lewis Carroll Elementary and Mila Elementary

Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria.  Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #4 (Revised 2-1-08). 

Recommendation #5:  Williams Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Quest Elementary and Andersen Elementary

Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria and end the "cap and bus" policy from Manatee ES to Quest ES.  Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #5. 

 

Area IV

Recommendation #6:  Imperial Estates Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Coquina Elementary and Challenger 7 Elementary

Change the student attendance boundaries for Imperial Estates Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Coquina Elementary using "soft" redistricting criteria and limit out-of-area approvals for Challenger 7 Elementary students seeking a traditional calendar to Imperial Estates Elementary only.  Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #6 (Revised 2-1-08). 

 



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 1/22/2008
Action2/12/2008
Public Hearing3/25/2008

Authority for Action
FS 1001.42 General Powers and Duties of the School Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
08/09TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact

Dr. Tom McIntyre, Area I Superintendent
Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent, Acting Area II Superintendent
Sandra Demmon, Area III Superintendent
Dr. Ron Bobay, Area IV Superintendent




Attachment:  Area 1 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment:  Area 2 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment:  Area 3 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment:  Area 4 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf