Brevard County parents are pushing back against plans to close four schools to help balance the district's budget. Brevard has a twenty million dollar hole in its capital budget for next year. Declining property values and state budget cuts have reduced capital expense funds by 65 percent over the last several years.
Parents lobbied the school board Tuesday night not to close schools. District officials say closing four schools next year could save three million dollars. The four schools in question are South Lake Elementary in Titusville, Gardendale Elementary in Merritt Island, Sea Park Elementary in Satellite Beach and Clearlake Middle in Cocoa.
Ellen Chinnery is a concerned teacher in Titusville. "I hope the school board will think about the children and the lives they are impacting and the children's lives and the success of those children."
The school board could reach a final decision on school closings in January. Even if the district closes the four schools, the school board needs to cut an additional seventeen million dollars from its capital budget for next year.