Brevard County school superintendent to recommend closing 4 schools

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Brian Binggeli will recommend closing three elementary schools and one middle school for the 2013-14 school year, he said during a workshop this afternoon.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the schools recommended for closure are Sea Park Elementary in Satellite Beach, Gardendale Elementary on Merritt Island, South Lake Elementary in Titusville and Clearlake Middle in Cocoa.

The recommendation will be made formally during a Nov. 20 board meeting, including proposals for new boundaries assigning students from the closed schools to adjacent ones.

The recommendations are being made as part of the district's attempt to deal with inadequate funding for facilities maintenance and renewal, a situation the district's head of facilities called "dire."

Voters on Tuesday shot down a half-cent sales tax the district proposed that was estimated to raise $32 million annually to support capital needs.

Without that new revenue, Binggeli will recommend the school closures and says future decisions await about impacts to school programs, as more operating funds are shifted to support capital needs.

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