Boca Raton’s New Blue Lake Elementary Boundaries Remain Controversial. Board Likely To Approve This Week.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The School Board of Palm Beach County this week is expected to approve the controversial boundary plan for Blue Lake Elementary — the new elementary school set to welcome its first students in August.
After months of heated debate, largely led by parents who either believe too few, or too many, students in gated communities will be matriculated into the school, the Board is expected to vote on Wednesday. The vote will take place after what is expected to be another high-intensity meeting with passionate public comment.
A document reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com suggests that the current study — visualized on the map above — accomplishes the following and is likely to be approved. This is official language from the document we reviewed:
- This study creates a compact attendance zone for Blue Lake Elementary School.
- Provides immediate enrollment relief for Calusa Elementary, Addison Mizner School, and Verde K-8, and provides some additional enrollment for J.C. Mitchell Elementary
- The study better balances enrollment at the five schools; decreasing enrollment at Calusa Elementary, Addison Mizner School, and Verde K-8 while providing enrollment for new Blue Lake Elementary and increasing enrollment at J.C. Mitchell Elementary.
- The study specified that current 4th grade students and their current K-3 grade siblings would be permitted to opt-in to remain at their current SY2021-22 schools.
- The criteria in Policy 5.01 allowing for siblings to remain were considered.
- Per School Board Policy 5.01, current 4th graders who opt to remain are not automatically entitled to District transportation; for other students in the change area who are provided the option to remain, transportation is not provided. Based on past history, transportation is not typically provided for any students who opt to remain.
- A community input meeting was held on February 10, 2022, about sixty members of the community addressed the ABC with over half speaking in favor of the study.
- On February 10, 2022, the ABC voted 8-1 to recommend “Boundary Study 05C-3” to the Superintendent.
- The ABC also voted 8-1 for consideration of a full phase-in (grades KG-4th) for Verde SACs 333A & 333B and Addison Mizner SAC 335, as these would be the students proposed to move from a K-8 to a K-5 school.
The new school is located at 3300 North Military Trail. The school board meeting will start following a closed meeting which is set to commence at 3 p.m. Anyone interested in speaking at the public meeting is asked to call the Board Office at 561-434-8136 to sign up by noon the day of the meeting, send written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or turn in a blue card to the Board Clerk prior to this meeting being called to order.
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