COLLIER COUNTY — About 100 people are in attendance at the Collier County School District's first meeting on the proposed rezoning maps at tonight in the Golden Gate High School Auditorium, 2925 Titan Lane.
Several district administrators, principals and the superintendent are at the meeting.
The District's Chief Operating Officer Michele Labutte explained why the rezoning needs to happened and then opened the meeting up for questions and answers.
The meeting, the first of five the district will hold in the next three weeks, is primarily for parents of elementary school children who will be rezoned. The district plans to rezone 1,039 students from 10 elementary schools in order to comply with the class size amendment.
The Collier County School Board voted 4 to 1 last month to rezone the students over a more costly option to bring portables onto the crowded campuses. Board member Pat Carroll was the lone dissenting vote.
The district said rezoning is necessary to comply with the class size amendment, which Florida voters passed in 2002. The amendment requires Florida schools to have a maximum of 18, 22 or 25 students in core classes like math and English by the start of the 2010 school year. The maximum number of students in each class is determined by the age of the children, with class size increasing as children get older.
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