SANFORD, Fla. -

After months of discussion and planning, the Seminole County School Board approves a rezoning plan for northern county schools.

The school board gave the final approval to changes for 11 northern Seminole County schools, which affects Sanford to Winter Springs area.

The final votes for the eastern and western parts of the county will be decided April 16 and April 17.

If the board picks the superintendent's recommendations, 3,000 students may be forced into new schools. 28 of Seminole County's 36 elementary schools may be affected.

Seminole County School Superintendent said the rezoning is necessary to balance out student populations at various campuses, in which some schools are overcrowded while others have unused space.

"We're trying to do the best thing for our community, we had some empty classrooms in some schools and we had to shift some students to fill the space," said Superintendent Walt Griffin.

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