10-28-2008 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #38


Title
Boundaries for New High School 'CCC'

Discussion

Staff provided three proposed Alternatives ("A", "B" and "C") to modify the existing attendance boundaries for Bayside, Melbourne and Palm Bay High Schools and create a new attendance boundary for High School "CCC".  Staff also provided comparative data for the existing boundaries and the proposed alternatives: capacity utilization, ethnic distribution, ESE distribution and Free/Reduced Lunch distribution.  

Maps of the the existing attendance boundaries, the three proposed Alternatives and the associated data were presented at public meetings held at Southwest Middle School on 10/2/08 and at Central Middle School on 10/7/08, and at a meeting of the Capital Outlay Committee at the ESF on 10/9/08. 

Based on input at the public meetings, staff revised Agenda Item #41 at the 10/14/08 School Board Meeting, replacing Alternative "B" with "B-1".  In Alternative "B-1" the Carriage Gate development remains in the Melbourne High School attendance boundary instead of being included in the new High School "CCC" attendance boundary.

At the direction of the Board at the 10/14/08 meeting, the original Alternative "B" has been reinstated for consideration and a new Alternative "B-2" has been added.  In Alternative "B-2", both the Carriage Gate development and the Hield Road area remain in the Melbourne High School attendance boundary. 

Staff Recommendation:  Alternative "B"-1"

Basis for Recommendation:  Although Alternative "B" best meets the Board's Redistricting Goals for New High School CCC (Agenda Item #27 at the 9/23/08 Board Meeting), staff attempted to accommodate public input (Alternatives "B-1" and "B-2"). 

  • Alternative "B-1":  The effect of approximately 20 students in Carriage Gate moving from High School "CCC" to Melbourne HS is not significant.  Additionally, Carriage Gate is essentially built-out and is bounded by physical boundaries (canals). 
  • Alternative "B-2":  The effect of adding approximately 40 additional students from the Hield Road area will have a significant effect on the capacity utilization and the ethnic distribution at the two schools.  More importantly, the currently vacant adjacent property between Hield Road and Carriage Gate will be an important factor in the future success of High School "CCC". 
  • Alternative "B-1", therefore, best meets the Board's Goals and the public input. 

Based on current estimates, there will be approximately 930 ninth and tenth graders within the recommended Alternative "B1" attendance boundaries for High School "CCC." We estimate that approximately 180 of these 9th and 10th graders will have siblings in grades 11 and 12 in the three existing high schools. Therefore, if grandfathering is allowed, the enrollment for 2009-2010 in High School "CCC" would be reduced from 930 to 750. It will be difficult to provide a comprehensive program in High School "CCC" with only 750 students. It is therefore not in the best interest of the students at "CCC" to grandfather siblings.

In 2009-10, 8th and 9th grade students living within the "CCC" boundary will attend High School "CCC". The only exception will be those students attending schools of choice and District choice programs.  The current year 9th grade students attending Bayside High, Palm Bay High and Melbourne High will not be grandfathered into those schools if they live within the "CCC" boundary.

Recommended Grade configurations for High School "CCC":
2009/10 - Grades 9 and 10
20010/11 - Grades 9, 10 and 11
20011/12 - Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Attachments:

  1. Maps of the existing attendance boundaries for Bayside, Melbourne and Palm Bay High Schools and proposed Alternatives "A", "B", "B-1", "B-2"  and "C".
  2. Comparative data of capacity utilization, ethnic distribution, ESE distribution and Free/Reduced Lunch distribution for the existing boundaries and the five proposed alternatives.
  3. Summary of the public meetings.
  4. Summary of the Capital Outlay Committee meeting.
  5. A "Questions and Answers" document in response to questions received at the public meetings.


Recommendation
  1. Approve the new attendance boundary for High School "CCC" and the modifications to existing attendance boundaries for Bayside High School, Melbourne High School and Palm Bay High School as shown in Alternative "B-1". 
  2. Approve the recommended grade configurations for new High School "CCC".
  3. Approve standard redistricting criteria for the new High School "CCC" attendance boundary.
  4. Approve soft redistricting criteria for the attendance boundary modifications between Bayside High School, Melbourne High School and Palm Bay High School.
  5. Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing.


Meeting Date(s)
Information - 10/14/2008
Action10/28/2008
Public Hearing12/9/2008

Authority for Action
1001.42 F.S.

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
John Tuttle, Principal, High School CCC  722-4195 or Dane Theodore, Director, Planning & Project Management 633-1000 x657


Attachment:  081015 Data - Compare B, B-1, B-2.pdf
Attachment:  Public Boundary Meeting-Q&A.pdf
Attachment:  081001 Alt C.pdf
Attachment:  Existing HS Boundaries.pdf
Attachment:  081001 Alt A.pdf
Attachment:  Summary of CCC Boundary Meetings.pdf
Attachment:  Summary of COC meeting for CCC Boundaries.pdf
Attachment:  Alt B-1.pdf
Attachment:  081001 Alt B.pdf
Attachment:  081015 Alt B-2.pdf
Attachment:  081001 Data - Compare A, B, C.pdf