NAPLES — Elementary school parents now have a better idea about what school their child will attend next year.
The Collier County School District released proposed elementary school rezoning maps Monday afternoon and it was good news for at least one group of parents who had protested the original proposal.
The Logan Woods area, which was initially proposed to be rezoned to Golden Gate Elementary School, is now being rezoned to Vineyards Elementary School.
At rezoning meetings earlier this year, Logan Woods parents expressed their unhappiness at being sent from Osceola, an A school, to Golden Gate Elementary School, a C school.
Parents had a meeting in January to discuss strategies and the first one on the table would rezone the 73 students who lived in Logan Woods to Vineyards Elementary School, which is a feeder school to Oakridge Middle School. The move would rezone the students out of the overcrowded Osceola Elementary School, they argued, while keeping students in an A school.
Attempts to reach Logan Woods parents Monday evening were unsuccessful.
The district is rezoning the elementary schools after Amendment 8 failed on the November ballot. As a result of Amendment 8’s failure, the district has to fully implement the class size amendment.
Passed by Florida voters in 2002, the class size amendment restricts the number of students in core classes like math and English to 18 students in prekindergarten through third grade; 22 students in grades four to eight; and 25 students in high school.
The district rezoned high schools last year and district officials have said there is enough room at all of the middle schools to prevent rezoning. While there are enough classrooms available to meet the class size reduction requirements district-wide, there are individual elementary schools that do not have enough classrooms and others with extra classrooms thus making rezoning necessary.
The district will propose rezoning eight schools: Avalon, Big Cypress, Laurel Oak, Lake Trafford, Osceola, Tommie Barfield, Vineyards and Veterans Memorial elementary schools.
Many of the rezoning maps look similar to those proposed at the beginning of the year when the district considered rezoning elementary schools, with the exception of the Logan Woods neighborhood.
District officials released the news of the rezoning at the close of business Monday and could not be reached for comment on why the change occurred.
The maps are posted online at www.collierschools.com under the What’s New? section of the home page. They will also be available ay the elementary schools affected by the rezoning, and letters to parents in the affected schools are being sent home this week.
In addition, the district is hosting three parent meetings to review the proposed changes and ask questions. Each of the meetings will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
n Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Golden Gate High School auditorium, 2925 Titan Lane;
n Monday, Jan. 10, in the School Board meeting room in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail; and
n Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Eden Park Elementary School cafeteria, 3650 Wesclox St., Immokalee.
The rezoning proposal, along with comments and suggestions received during the parent meetings, will go to the Collier County School Board for a first reading Jan. 18, with the second reading and final decision expected during the Feb. 15 board meeting. Zoning changes will go into effect August 2011.
Those who wish to ask a question or register an opinion can do so by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the district’s Communications Services Department at (239) 377-0180. District offices will be closed Dec. 23, 24, 30 and 31.