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Seminole County parents and educators struggle over rezoning, enrollment

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If you look on the Seminole County School District's website, you can find school rezoning plans.

The Northwest Phase, as it's called, stretches from Lake Monroe to Heathrow to Winter Springs and includes eleven elementary schools that are either over enrolled or under enrolled.   

As part of rezoning, thousands of students could end up going somewhere else, whether they want to or not.  District leaders point to wasted classroom space and wasted money on portable classrooms.

Scott Macaioni lives in Lake Forest and tells FOX 35, "I have a six-year-old and eight-year-old, and I'd rather have them grandfathered-in, than switching schools, and then have the new zoning take place for new generations coming in." 

During a meeting on Wednesday, we spoke to five frustrated parents, none of whom were sure they understood the process.   The meeting is just one of many where parents are invited to help a core committee of educators whittle down 100 attendance plans to about 20.
Plans that could divide kids on one street among two or even three different schools in order to balance out enrollment.

Molly Samples has lived in Heathrow for ten years and says, "When you have a second-grader that's going to be a third-grader and you're telling me half of her elementary school will be spent in one school and the other half in another school, and her little brother is at home waiting to find out, 'Mommy, what school am I going to?' 

When asked if workshops held by the school district are helpful, Samples says, "I find that it's very confusing.   You can go in, put a plan together, your voice will be heard...but really, what are we achieving?  I have absolutely no idea what's going on!"

These meetings will continue through mid March when the North Phase plans to adopt its official plan to alter attendance zones.  The entire district plans to have all elementary students rezoned by mid April.  Next year, district leaders say middle and high schools could be on deck.



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