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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Proposed Attendance Boundary Adjustments for Stowers, Warren Hope Dawson (“C”), Collins, Boyette Springs, Sessums, Fishhawk Creek, and Summerfield Elementary Schools and refinements for Summerfield, Summerfield Crossings, and Pinecrest Elementary Schools

There are two sections to this agenda item. Section A (pages 1-15) proposes to reassign students in south county, while Section B (pages 16-19) will correct attendance boundary lines to align with parcel lines, and will not impact students.   Due to continued residential growth in the south county area, Warren Hope Dawson (“C”) Elementary, located in the Triple Creek Subdivision east of Balm Riverview Road and north of Triple Creek Boulevard, is planned to open in August 2017. Additionally, schools in the area experiencing overcrowding and/or growth include Stowers, Sessums, Collins, and Summerfield. This redistricting proposal creates a new attendance boundary for Warren Hope Dawson (“C”) Elementary, which include areas currently assigned to Sessums, Collins, Summerfield, Stowers, and Boyette Springs. Also, areas located within the Stowers attendance boundary are proposed to be reassigned to Fishhawk Creek and Boyette Springs Elementary Schools. These changes will be effective for the school year starting August 2017. A parent information meeting was held on December 12, 2016 for parents to review the proposed boundaries, provide comments and ask question of District staff members. After reviewing the comments received, staff revised the proposal presented at the parent input meeting. The revision proposes to retain a small area within the Stowers boundary rather than reassign it to Dawson and redistrict the Channing Park community to Fishhawk Creek instead of Pinecrest Elementary. While this change will fill Fishhawk Creek Elementary, the number of assigned students within the Fishhawk Creek attendance boundary has steadily decreased since the 2012-13 school year. In addition, the cohort size per grade are smaller than historical  sizes indicating the aging of the community. This leads staff to believe that the utilization will stabilize at or below capacity.

Attached is an explanation of the process, a summary of stakeholder outreach, enrollment projections for 2017-18, and maps depicting the proposed revised attendance boundaries of the seven (7) schools. Part B (pages 16-19) of this agenda item will simply realign some attendance boundaries to coincide with parcel lines, which will simplify and clarify where boundaries fall. Many times the boundary will split parcels between schools. No students or addresses will change schools as a result of this realignment. It is being recommended so the District can move to a parcel based system instead of relying only on the street network addresses that can be unreliable at times and not effective when new residential developments are constructed.   Public comments are available for School Board review. The final recommended boundary lines for all the schools can be found on pages 9-15.

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SUBMITTED BY:  Amber Wheeler, Department Manager, Planning & Siting
Lorraine Duffy Suarez, General Manager, Growth Management
Christopher Farkas   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Operating Officer
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  Chief of Staff
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    C 7.02
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170221_807 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 7.02