PBC School District goes back to the drawing board with boundary changes

Posted at 11:48 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 23:48:22-04

The Palm Beach County School District started the school year with nearly three thousand more students than expected. Several schools are now being looked at for boundary changes.

The one causing controversy is Calusa Elementary in Boca Raton.

"It's about our children," said a parent. 

Parent after parent with similar concerns.

"You want to send these students to a below C school," said another.

Their worry comes in response to an overcrowded school district.

Calusa Elementary is at the center of it. District leaders say they need to relieve the school of 300 students.

So far, the district came up with two proposals for boundary changes.  The study would force students to attend other schools.

One proposal would send Danielle Rosensweig's daughter to Sunrise Park. She attends Whispering Pines right now.

"My daughter is in the gifted program and again Sunrise Park does not have such a program," says Rosensweig.

District leaders understand the frustration. The advisory boundary committee decided to come up with a whole new study. They say something needs to be done with Calusa stretched thin.

"I don't think it's fair to the students at that school to be in the crowded environment they're experiencing today," says Kristin Garrison, director of the District's planning department.

The board scheduled another meeting for next month. A new proposal will be available at that time.

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