Brevard County students prep for 1st day of school after closures

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Nearly 2,000 students are going to be walking into different schools on Wednesday due to a $25 million budget cut after the district closed Gardendale Elementary, South Lake Elementary, and Clearlake Middle.

Stephanie Thomas' son is one of the students who will be reshuffled.

"We live right across the street from Gardendale. I check my mail every day and he looks at the school every day," Thomas said.

Thomas says she is also concerned with overcrowding issues. Mims and Oak Park Elementary Schools will see the highest influx of new students.

"I'm concerned that every kid is not going to get the attention that they need and some of these kids are already going to be displaced," said Thomas.

Although the district lost over 400 positions in their budget, Brevard County Public School's Superintendent Brian Binggeli says they were able to recover 129 media assistants and annual contract teachers. Binggeli said state funding and reducing energy expenses created the extra money to save those positions.

"The most important thing is that we've done a good job of trying to answer all of the questions and help welcome children to their new school cultures. Now it is time to do the best we can to help them be successful in that new school setting and we will work very hard to do that," said Binggeli.

Corridor busing for choice schools was also eliminated due to the budget cuts.

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