Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray took this opportunity to thank Mr. Theodore and his staff. She opened the floor for any questions at it relates to the various proposals which were taken in order.
Proposal 1 - Reduce Enrollment at Viera High School
Ms. Henderson asked how many out-of areas that are in academies in Viera High School. Mr. Theodore stated that there were no out of area students in the academies at Viera High. He stated that the schools are being asked to valid the information.
Ms. Kneessy stated that she likes the feeder chain on this proposal.
Dr. Krupp noted his concern about the bus ride.
There was a consensus from the Board as it relates to Proposal 1.
Proposal 2 - Reduce Enrollment at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School
Ms. Kneessy stated she would not accept anything less than 7-12 at Cocoa Beach High School.
Dr. Krupp requested the district to look into a K-8 at Roosevelt.
Discussion ensued about the concerns as it relates to the Out-of-Areas, Middle Years Program, IB program and the boundary lines.
Dr. Binggeli stated that the capacity at Cocoa Beach Jr. /Sr. High School is at 123 percent. He noted that there is a Board priority and directive to get the school to 100 percent and all that has been discussed is what we can't do or shouldn't do.
Ms. Henderson requested that the out-of-area students be verified.
Dr. Murray reminded the Board that a few years ago there was a Board directive about removing portables because they are not cost effective.
Dr. Binggeli suggested that we jump to proposal 6 since they are connected. Mr. Theodore skipped to Proposal 6.
Mr. Theodore stated that maybe taking the Middle Years students out is not the way to reduce the capacity but after 12 hours of meetings, this is the best option that we came up with. He stated that the Board does not have to do anything but if you don't, there are other considerations that need to be made such as policies and interlocal agreements.
Ms. Kneessy suggested closing Clearlake and putting Clearlake into Cocoa High. She stated that the savings we would generate from a beach side closing we could generate from closing Clearlake and that option is not being presented as one of the options. Mr. Theodore stated the question was posed to the committee three times and the vast majority of the committee did not recommend moving this proposal forward as an option.
Dr. Krupp stated that Cocoa High is at 52 percent capacity could absorb Clearlake tomorrow and still have seats available. Dr. Krupp noted that there is no bailout from the state next year.
Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction, responded to questions and concerns as it relates to the Middle Years Program and the IB Program and the impact on the programs if these redistricting options were chosen.
Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray recapped that the Board is looking for the following from staff. Different configuration from K-8, closing Roosevelt as an elementary and spreading their population out to the North and South, and close Clearlake as an option and make Cocoa a Jr./Sr. High School.
Mr. Theodore stated that he would make a slight tweak to leave the beach side out-of-area there.
Proposal 3 - Reduce Enrollment at Kennedy Middle School
Ms. Henderson asked if the proposed charter school Viera Charter School was taken into consideration when these recommendations were made. Mr. Theodore stated that we cannot anticipate what the enrollment would be at the 7th and 8th grade at the Charter School. Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, stated that the Viera Charter School would only have a seventh grade for next year.
There was a consensus from the Board as it relates to Proposal 3.
Proposal 5 - Reduce Enrollment at Meadowlane Elementary School
Mr. Theodore stated that the staff is suggesting a soft redistricting.
Ms. Henderson and Ms. Kneessy suggested moving the students that were not effected in the redistricting of two years ago which, would make the transition much quicker. Dr. Murray concurred.
Dr. Binggeli stated that there are some parents that may choose to return to the school and once that happens, it is a final decision.
Mr. Ziegler brought up a concern in regard to 8 walkers in the Riviera Area and the potential of needing courtesy bussing.
Mr. Theodore stated they will get back to the Board after getting more community input from the Meadowlane and Riviera area and relooking at the data.
Proposal 6 - Convert Roosevelt Elementary School to a Middle School
Dr. Binggeli stated that if we do not do one of the proposals, if effects the others since they are all interconnected.
The Board went back and discussed Propasal 2 which is intertwined with Proposal 6.
Proposal 8A - Change Attendance Boundaries between Astronaut and Titusville high Schools and Madison and Jackson Middle Schools.
Dr. Krupp applauded the option.
Dr. Murray questioned why it is necessary if there is no problem and no cost savings, why would we want to balance enrollment and cause disruption with the students. Dr. Ron Bobay, North Area Superintendent, stated that the schools are both getting pretty small and this is an attempt to balance the enrollment to help facilitate the breath of programs that we are anticipating. He noted as the high schools get smaller and smaller it is harder to provide all of the electives.
There was a consensus from the Board as it relates to Proposal 8A.
Proposal 14 - Close Sea Park Elementary School
This recommendation was put on hold since it is contingent upon a previous recommendation.
Mr. Ziegler brought up a concern about Tortoise Island and whether a bus goes into that community. If there is, that community should not be split up. Mr. Theodore stated that they would look into it.
Proposal 16A - Close Riverview Elementary School
Dr. Krupp suggested repurposing Riverview by moving the Abeyance Center from Cuyler School to Riverview and move the Adult Education Center from Whispering Hills to Riverview to save on any infrastucture renovations that Riverview needs. He stated that we could also save money administratively.
Dr. Krupp suggested that Cuyler School be repurposed as VPK or Head Start Center as proposed in earlier working papers. Dr. Krupp suggested moving the Maintenence Department out of the bus compound into Whispering Hills.
Dr. Bobay stated that Riverview is an open spaced school which has some uniquely designed spaces that does not lend itself very well to an Adult Education program. He commented that is would probably lend itself better as a Head Start Center than an Adult Education Center. Dr. Bobay summarized that there is plenty of opportunity to repurposing Riverview Elementary.
Ms. Kneessy stated that there is a school that did not come up for discussion that she and Ms. Henderson feels as though it should be, which is Gardendale. The school is currently at 64 percent capacity. She is concerned about the capacity and the calendar schedule that it is on.
Mr. Theodore explained that the committee studied Gardendale, and that there is physical capacity on the island to accommodate closing an elementary school. He stated that the problem with closing Gardendale is that 250 come into Gardendale from out-of-area. If we were to close Gardendale, it sends the utilization at several mainland schools into the 96-97 percent range. Mr. Theodore stated that several of the mainland schools would have portables as a result.
Brief discussion about switching programs between Stevenson and Gardendale and why it would not be feasable from a repurposing point of view.