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Orange County School Board approves school relief rezoning

Relief rezoning for Avalon Middle School approved by board

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County School Board has approved relief rezoning for Avalon Middle School as they continue to discuss options for relief in school overcrowding, officials said.

The board held its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Edgewater High School auditorium.

School officials said the board decided to move forward with its second relief rezoning option for Avalon Middle School.

All of the proposed options take a number of factors into consideration, such as enrollment projections, demographics, free and reduced meals, FCAT levels, English-Language Learners and Exceptional Student Education, officials said.

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The options presented to the school board came after staff members held community meetings with residents.

Officials said the board also approved the purchase of three parcels of land totaling 11.3 acres in Timber Springs to expand a proposed middle school site that would relieve Avalon Middle School.

With the parcels, which cost nearly $1.1 million in total, the district will own more than 27 acres of contiguous land, school board officials said. The additional land would allow the district to build a retention pond and avoid creating an exfiltration system under the track.

Officials said any new plans will need to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners. If approved by commissioners, the above relief rezoning will not be necessary.