12-08-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #34


Title
School Attendance Boundary Changes for 2010-11

Discussion

Attendance boundary changes are recommended to lower student membership at nine schools that are currently over 100% capacity (more students than capacity) by moving students from those schools to schools with adequate available capacity.  In total, attendance boundaries could be changed at up to 40 schools, depending on the alternatives that are approved. 

South Area Middle Schools
Over-crowding at Southwest will be relieved by attendance boundary changes at this school and, potentially, at the following three schools:  Central, Hoover and Stone.  Alternatives ""D", "E", "F" and "G" are attached - maps and data showing Capacity Utilization, Ethnicity and Free/Reduced Lunch are provided for each Alternative. 

A Public Meeting for the South Area Middle Schools was held on 11/19/09.  Feedback from the meeting is attached.  Maps and data for new Alternatives "E-1" and "G-1", which incorporate parent input to the extent possible, are attached. 

South Area Elementary Schools
Over-crowding at Allen, Discovery, Harbor City, McAuliffe and Westside will be relieved by attendance boundary changes at these five schools and, potentially, at the following 14 schools:  Columbia, Gemini, Indialantic, Jupiter, Lockmar, Meadowlane Primary, Meadowlane Intermediate, Palm Bay, Port Malabar, Riviera, Sabal, Sunrise, Turner and University Park.  Alternatives ""D", "E" and "F"  are attached - maps and data showing Capacity Utilization, Ethnicity and Free/Reduced Lunch are provided for each Alternative.

A Public Meeting for the South Area Elementary Schools was held on 12/1/09.  Feedback from the meeting is attached. Maps and data for new Alternatives "G" and "H",  which incorporate parent input to the extent possible, are attached.

A map and data for Community Input #1 - a proposal provided by members of the community and formated by staff - are attached as additional information. 

Central Area Elementary Schools
Over-crowding at Manatee, Suntree and Williams will be relieved by attendance boundary changes at these three schools and, potentially, at the following 14 schools:  Anderson, Audubon, Cambridge, Creel, Croton, Endeavour, Golfview, Longleaf, MILA, Quest, Saturn, Sea Park, Sherwood and Tropical.  Alternatives ""D", "E", "F" and "G" are attached - maps and data showing Capacity Utilization, Ethnicity and Free/Reduced Lunch are provided for each Alternative.

A Public Meeting for the Central Area Elementary Schools was held on 11/23/09.  Feedback from the meeting is attached.  A map and data for new Alternative "H", which incorporates parent input to the extent possible, is attached. 

Maps and data for Community Input #1, #2 and #3 - proposals provided by members of the community and formated by staff - are attached as additional information.  Community Input #2 has been revised to include an attachment. 

An Attendance Boundary Evaluation Committee reviewed and ranked the Alternatives based on the weighted Attendance Boundary Criteria approved by the School Board.  A list of the Committee members, Minutes of their meetings and their ranking of the Alternatives are attached.  Minutes of the 11/9/09 meeting (amended on 12/4/09), revised rankings for the South Area Middle Schools and South Area Elementary Schools, and new rankings for the Central Area Elementary Schools are attached.  

Assumptions:

  1. All Alternatives for the South Area Elementary Schools assume the end of "cap and bus" from Roy Allen ES to Meadlowlane ES.
  2. All Alternatives for the Central Area Elementary Schools assume the end of "cap and bus" restrictions for students previously "capped and bused" from Manatee ES to Quest ES.
  3. Alternatives "D", "E", "F" and "G" for the Central Area Elementary Schools assume the end of "soft redistricting" at Anderson ES, Manatee ES, Quest ES and Williams ES due to the interrelationship with the end of "cap and bus" restrictions at Manatee ES and Quest ES.  In response to questions regarding equity and busing costs, the end of "soft redistricting" is now recommended at all schools that were "soft redistricted" on 3/25/08 for the 2008/09 school year. All new Alternatives for the South Area and Central Area Elementary Schools and all Community Input proposals for the Central Area Elementary Schools are based on this assumption.  
  4. Community Input #2 for the Central Area Elementary Schools assumes that out-of-area students at over-crowded schools will be moved back to their "home" schools or to schools with available capacity, except for students of employees working at the over-crowded schools.


Recommendation

Approve the recommended attendance boundary changes at the following schools for the 2010-11 school year and authorize the Superintendent to hold a Public Hearing.

South Area Middle Schools
Southwest, Central, Hoover and Stone. 

South Area Elementary Schools
Allen, Columbia, Discovery, Gemini, Harbor City, Indialantic, Jupiter, Lockmar, McAuliffe, Meadowlane Primary, Meadowlane Intermediate, Palm Bay, Port Malabar, Riviera, Sabal, Sunrise, Turner, University Park and Westside.

Central Area Elementary Schools
Anderson, Audubon, Cambridge, Creel, Croton, Endeavour, Golfview, Longleaf, Manatee, MILA, Quest, Saturn, Sea Park, Sherwood, Suntree, Tropical and Williams.  

Recommended Conditions:

  1. Rising sixth graders and rising eighth graders may stay at their current school.  Transportation will be provided.
  2. No sibling preference for rising sixth and eighth graders.
  3. End 'cap and bus" from Roy Allen ES to Meadowlane ES.  Students currently bused to Meadowlane ES from Roy Allen ES return to Roy Allen ES.  If the student lives in an area of the Roy Allen ES attendance boundary that is redistricted to another school, the student will attend the other school. 
  4. End 'cap and bus" restrictions at Quest ES.  Students currently bused to Quest ES from Manatee ES return to Manatee ES.  If the student lives in an area of the Manatee ES attendance boundary that is redistricted to another school, the student will attend the other school. 
  5. End "soft redistricting" exceptions at all schools redistricted on 3/25/08 for the 2008/09 school year.  All "grandfathered" students and their siblings will attend the "new" school beginning with the 2010-11 school year.  If the student lives in an area of the "new" school attendance boundary that is redistricted to another school, the student will attend the other school. 

 



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 11/17/2009
Action12/8/2009
Public Hearing1/19/2010

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
Dane Theodore 633-1000 x657


Attachment:  South Middle Alternative E.pdf
Attachment:  South Area Elementary Schools Evaluation Scores - Amended 12-4-09.pdf
Attachment:  091103_Evaluation Committee Meeting Minutes - Amended 11-9-09.pdf
Attachment:  South Middle Alternative F.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Alternative H.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Community Input #1.pdf
Attachment:  Evaluation Committee Members.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Current.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Alternative G.pdf
Attachment:  South Middle Alternative G-1.pdf
Attachment:  South Middle Current.pdf
Attachment:  South Middle Alternative D.pdf
Attachment:  South Middle Alternative G.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Current.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Alternative E.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Alternative F.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Alternative D.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Alternative E.pdf
Attachment:  Central Area Elementary Schools Evaluation Scores 12-4-09.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Alternative D.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Alternative G.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Alternative F.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Community Input #1.pdf
Attachment:  Feedback from 11-19-09 Public Meeting.pdf
Attachment:  Feedback from 11-23-09 Public Meeting.pdf
Attachment:  South Middle Alternative E-1.pdf
Attachment:  091124_Evaluation Committee Meeting Minutes.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Community Input #3.pdf
Attachment:  South Area Middle Schools Evaluation Scores Revised 12-4-09.pdf
Attachment:  Central Elementary Community Input #2.pdf
Attachment:  Feedback from 12-1-09 Public Meeting.pdf
Attachment:  South Elementary Alternative H.pdf