1. Who is involved in determining which schools may need to be involved in the boundary process and what factors are taken into consideration?
Participation of stakeholders at the earliest point in the boundary process is critical. District staff examines current enrollment, projected enrollment, programmed facility improvements, special programs such as Exceptional Student Education clusters, Headstart programs, and Magnet Programs, class size reduction, student reassignment information, and school feeder patterns. This information is also used to determine which schools are moving toward over-enrollment and will need interventions. District staff will present data, discuss school concurrency Level of Service, and class size, and inform the community that a boundary change may be needed. Schools projected to not meet Level of Service or anticipated to not meet class size targets are recommended by the Superintendent to be included in the boundary process.
Additionally, community members are given a period of time to submit their own ideas for boundary changes. These proposed changes are also vetted with potential stakeholders before being presented to the Superintendent and School Board.
For additional information on the boundary process contact Demographics and Student Assignments (754) 321-2480.
For additional information on school concurrency Level of Service contact Growth Management, (754) 321-2160.
2. Are charter and private schools included in the District's boundary process?
Charter and private schools do not have BCPS assigned attendance areas and are not bound to the same local, state, and federal rules as traditional public schools. District staff reviews both private and charter schools enrollment which influence enrollment projections for schools with attendance areas.
For additional information contact Demographics and Student Assignments (754) 321-2480.
3. What considerations are taken into account when establishing school attendance areas?
4. Are school grades taken into consideration when proposing boundary changes?
School grades may change from year to year depending on the number of students taking the test and how groups of students perform on the reading, writing and mathematics portions of the standardized test. Therefore, school grade is not one of the primary Considerations for Establishing School Boundaries taken into account in determining school attendance areas.
5. Is School "X" anticipated to undergo a boundary change in the future?
All schools must meet the interlocal agreement school concurrency level of service where enrollment can't exceed 100% of a school's available gross capacity (which includes portables) and class size mandates at each school site and are evaluated on an annual basis. District data reviewing school enrollment and school capacity is updated in October and April in the online Planning Tool for School Enrollment and Capacity.
6. If a middle school boundary is changed, will elementary school students in the feeder pattern attend their original high school after middle school, or is that changed as well?
Students are assigned to attend schools based on the student's primary residential address and the approved school attendance boundary for that year. Students will continue to be assigned to the same high school unless that boundary is changed as well.
7. In a boundary change proposal, do all students have to move together or can multiple areas be sent to different schools?
Multiple areas can be suggested to move into different adjacent schools in order to utilize available school capacity. Should adjacent school capacity not be available, a domino boundary change may have to be considered.
8. Has the District looked at retaining incoming 6th graders at feeding elementary schools in order to prevent overcrowding at middle schools, or retaining incoming 9th graders at feeding middle schools in order to prevent overcrowding at high schools?
Through School Board Policy 5000 a review of alternative and temporary options are considered to ease overcrowding. As a result of the review process, the School Board will maximize the use of existing space throughout the District, not to exceed capacity required to meet educational requirements. As a temporary solution, the implementation of alternative enrollment options as identified by the Superintendent will be the sole discretion of the School Board to ease overcrowding until permanent capacity becomes available through the building of additional facilities on site, a boundary change, or new schools. Options to be considered, but are not limited to, or required include:
- Enrollment capping (i.e. school will not accommodate any more students and new students are assigned to designated schools that are less crowded)
- Flexible school day/week/month/year
- Dual enrollment programs with institutions of higher learning
School day/week/month/year models that may be identified through this process
- School-Within-A-School (F.S. 1003.02 (4)) such as co-teaching, floating teachers, and re-organization of groups of students.
- Choice seats
- Reconfigured grades/educational programs and sites dependent on available capital funds to be provided by the School District and/or other individuals/groups/entities.
9. Will the community be notified about new charter schools opening in the areas affected by boundary change proposals?Charter schools are not required to provide a school location address until the charter school opens. Therefore, the District does not know where new charter schools will be located or how much enrollment will be pulled from existing traditional schools until new charter schools open. New charter school enrollment is presented annually in the Benchmark Day Enrollment Report and provided in the October update of the online Planning Tool for School Enrollment and Capacity.
10. Who makes the final boundary recommendations that are taken to the School Board for vote?
The final boundary recommendations are those presented to the School Board by the Superintendent of Schools. The recommendations are the result of the Considerations for Establishing School Boundaries, School Boundary Committee, community input, and School Board input.
11. Does the community vote on the proposed boundaries that are provided to the School Board?
The School Boundary Committee formed of 28 community members will share their recommendations for school boundary changes with the Superintendent and School Board at a workshop in January. The School Board votes on the recommendations as presented by the Superintendent of Schools at the Public Hearings scheduled in February and March.
12. How are parents and the community involved throughout the school boundary process?
Parents and the community are involved early in the boundary process through Innovation Zone (IZone) meetings held throughout the District during the months of October and November. IZone meetings, School Boundary Committee Public Hearings and, School Board Public Hearings and Workshops are outlined in the Boundary Process Timeline.
13. Are boundary proposals arranged in any order of preference? Is the Board going to pick one of the existing proposals or could it be something else?
The boundary proposals on the Demographics & Student Assignments Department website are posted in the order that they are received. Community members have all year to work with the Demographics & Student Assignments staff to propose recommendations by the proposal deadline. All boundary proposals and comments posted to the website will be shared with the School Board at School Boundaries Workshops. In January, the Superintendent will make recommendations for schools in the school boundary changes. The process concludes in the spring when the School Board votes on all school boundaries for the following school year.
14. Why do most of the boundary proposals involve schools in the western part of the county?
Many schools in the southwestern portion of Broward County exceed school facility capacity and may not meet Level of Service (LOS). Boundary changes may be required to relieve overcrowding at these schools.
15. When does the public have input on school boundary proposals?
There are several opportunities for public input during the School Board Boundary Process Timeline Demographics & Student Assignments staff receives community input throughout the year and shares all input received from the department website and at the School Board School Boundaries Workshops. Community members may also provide input during School Board Workshops and at Regular School Board meetings.
For additional information contact Demographics and Student Assignments (754) 321-2480.
16. Can you submit a comment without a computer?
In addition to the Demographics & Student Assignments website community input can be submitted by telephone. The Demographics & Student Assignments Department can be reached at (754) 321-2480.
17. How were the community representatives chosen?
Each School Advisory Forum (SAF) nominates a member to serve on the School Boundary Committee. Area Advisory Chairs then select a representative and alternate for each Izone to serve on the committee. The representative and alternate will be part of the 28 member School Boundary Committee for the school boundary review process.
18. Can everyone visiting the site do the "homework"?
All map proposals are reviewed by school district demographers using considerations found in School Board Policy 5000. The 28 member School Boundary Committee will provide their recommendations to the School Board based on these considerations. The "homework" is a way of providing the committee a worksheet to collect their thoughts in order to be able to discuss their recommendations with other committee member representatives at the scheduled meeting dates.
19. Is there a page with all deadlines/timelines laid out on one page?
The annual community Boundary Process Timeline has all dates and deadlines.
20. Can a community member withdraw their boundary proposal from the website?
Yes, a community member can withdraw his/her proposal from consideration. This process is accomplished by the map developer calling DSA and confirming the need to withdraw/take down the proposal. Staff will then strike through the boundary proposal online and note the date of retraction. The boundary proposal and comment history will remain on the website with a notation that it has been withdrawn from consideration by the map proposer.
21. Can a Broward County School Board Member vote on their own map proposal?
This question has been referred to legal counsel. Language from legal is:
Concerns and questions regarding the obligation cited in the statute below will be shared with legal and Mrs. Freedman.
286.012 Voting requirement at meetings of governmental bodies.—No member of any state, county, or municipal governmental board, commission, or agency who is present at any meeting of any such body at which an official decision, ruling, or other official act is to be taken or adopted may abstain from voting in regard to any such decision, ruling, or act; and a vote shall be recorded or counted for each such member present, except when, with respect to any such member, there is, or appears to be, a possible conflict of interest under the provisions of s. 112.311, s. 112.313, or s. 112.3143. In such cases, said member shall comply with the disclosure requirements of s. 112.3143. History.—s. 1, ch. 72-311; s. 9, ch. 75-208; s. 2, ch. 84-357; s. 13, ch. 94-277; s. 19, ch. 2013-36.