Seminole County advances rezoning plan that clusters schools - FOX 35 News Orlando

Seminole County advances rezoning plan that clusters schools

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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The Seminole County School Board has agreed to move forward with the rezoning option that retains the cluster schools.

With a 3 to 2 vote, the Board members accepted the 794 modified plan to rezone the Northwest Phase.

The decision affects 450 students and divides the area into two distinct zones. Students in the first region will go to one of three elementary schools: Bentley, Idyllwilde, or Wilson. Those in the second region will also go to one of three schools: Bentley, Crystal Lake or Wicklow.

"Our academic programs are so tightly aligned," said Superintendent Walt Griffin. "I  have personally visited every elementary school twice before making this decision. What's happening in math at school A is happening at school B and school C."

But some parents argued that's not the case.

"Kids get bused out of our neighborhood," said Tracy Klevesahl, a parent. "Kids go to multiple schools, not just one neighborhood school so it's different treatment. We get different treatment from the rest of Seminole County."

Other parents told FOX 35 that's exactly why they like the plan. Carmen Kypriandes Garcia explained what she recently witnessed while dropping her son off at school.

"With my youngest son Elijah, as he walked into the school," said Kypriandes Garcia. "If only the School Board could have been there to witness a white Mexican, a little Asian-American, and an African-American, all of them."

There will be a few exceptions. Rising fifth graders will have the option to stay at their current elementary schools; Their younger siblings who are rising fourth graders will have the same option to stay at the same school, however, transportation will not be provided.

Letters will be drafted and sent to parents within the next 10-15 work days explaining the process and options.

The Board will have a final vote on April 1st. The process will then be repeated for the East and West phases. Superintendent Griffin said he hopes to have plans ready for those two phases by the end of this week.

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