Parents push for arts school that can be closer to kids in southern parts of Palm Beach County

Plumosa Elem is only arts school in south county

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Third grade student Logan Chandler is learning to play the violin. It's one of many opportunities he has attending Plumosa School of the Arts, a magnet elementary school in Delray Beach.

By third grade he's been exposed to art and chorus, which is exactly what his mother had hoped for.

"I felt it was going to give my children a great opportunity to grow up in a well-rounded environment," said Anastasia Chandler.

But that could change when he gets to middle school. There is no arts magnet school in southern Palm Beach County. Logan would have to travel to Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach to stay in the program.

That would mean a one-hour round trip commute for a 12 year old.

"The south county children aren't being given a fair shake. There are thousands of kids who apply to Bak and Dreyfoos that don't get in," said Chandler.

District leaders are trying to find a way to bring an arts school to Congress Middle and Boynton Beach High schools in the near future. That could open up as many as 2500 new spots for students interested in the arts.

"There is no reason why we can't have arts campuses in the south by the 2014-15 school year," said school board member Mike Murgio.

The big decision will be whether to dedicate one entire school to the arts, or make it a hybrid.

The school board will discuss the issue at a workshop scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st.

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