Principals, parents to create rezoning plan for Seminole County schools

Committee begins plan, will submit to superintendent

Published On: Dec 03 2012 11:29:38 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 04 2012 07:08:04 AM EST
SANFORD, Fla. -

A committee of parents and school principals started the process of creating new attendance zones for 11 of Seminole County's 28 elementary schools that will be affected by rezoning.

The district says they're trying to balance enrollment between overcrowded schools and those with extra space, and they're looking at the percent of students who receive free or reduced lunch as a factor in drawing the lines.

"Free and reduced lunch is an indicator of diversity, you look at also your ESOL population, your ESE population, so we maintain a school system where elementary schools are as diverse and equally established as other schools," said John Reichert, HR Director for Seminole County schools.

Some parents tell Local 6 they fear property values will go down as kids are transported to schools outside the neighborhood.

"It's difficult for families to make friends, and car pool and gain a sense of community when we're all going to different directions around the county," said Jeanne Miller of Lake Mary.

Monday night was the first of four meetings for the North Phase rezoning committee. Schools involved include Heathrow, Lake Mary, Highlands, Layer, Woodlands, and Winter Springs elementaries.

The committee's plans will be submitted to Superintendent Walt Griffin, who will then make a recommendation to the School Board. The School Board is set to make the final vote on March 19.