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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, March 07, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
SUBJECT / RECOMMENDATIONS

Approve Proposed Attendance Boundary Changes for Gorrie and Just Elementary Schools; Wilson and Madison Middle Schools; Plant and Blake High Schools

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Due to current capacity shortages and overcrowding at Gorrie Elementary (112% of capacity); Wilson Middle (113% of capacity) and Plant High (95% of capacity), along with continued future growth already approved within these school attendance boundaries, it is necessary to adjust the boundaries to balance enrollments.   Within a relatively small geographic area, generally described as: south of Kennedy Blvd; north of the Selmon Expressway; west of the Hillsborough River and east of South Boulevard, there are three approved unbuilt residential developments totaling over 1,000 residential units. Based upon countywide student generation rates, these projects could generate over 250 students who cannot be accommodated at their assigned schools.  

Currently there are no students attending public schools within this geographic area.  We propose to reassign this area from Gorrie, Wilson and Plant to Just, Madison and Blake, effective for the 2017-18 school year. These school zones are consistent with the downtown Tampa and the Channelside areas attendance zones.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
• Engage and communicate with families and stakeholders • Establish a strong foundation of financial stewardship • Demonstrate "best practices" in all aspects of safety: student, employee, visitor, facility, transportation, and health
FINANCIAL IMPACT (Budgeted:  No)
There is no cost associated with this attendance boundary change.
EVALUATION
SUBMITTED BY:  Lorraine Duffy Suarez, General Manager, Growth Mgmt. & Planning
Christopher Farkas   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Operating Officer
(813) 272-4004
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 7.01
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170307_826 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 7.01