Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 1. Has building classrooms been considered as a way to relieve overcrowding at my school?

    Due to a surplus in districtwide permanent capacity of approximately 25,000 seats, the most recent (July, 2015) State Plant Survey has restricted the District from building any additional student capacity. Therefore, no new schools or classroom additions can be built until the current number of districtwide surplus seats is reduced.

  • 2. Could the School District close schools in the east so that they could build more capacity in the west?

    The annual school boundary process reviews the establishment of schools and school attendance zone boundaries for the ensuing school year(s). During this process, the Superintendent of Schools recommends to the School Board the execution of plans for the establishment, organization, and operation of the schools in the District. Part of the review process includes repurposing/consolidation of schools whenever the needs of pupils can better and more economically be served. This process does not guarantee that any new building could occur. A school consolidation or repurposing does not determine the building need for more capacity. The state determines this based on the five year State Educational Plant Survey.

  • 3. Why has the District not built additional capacity to meet the needs of Weston schools? Weston has always had an over-enrollment problem. Why is this just now becoming an issue?

    An elementary (D2), middle (NN) and high (MMM) school were part of the District’s five year District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP) to provide additional capacity for the Weston area. Due to a districtwide surplus in capacity, these facilities were removed from the capital plan by the 2008 State Educational Plant Survey, Florida Department of Education, Office of Educational Facilities. As of the 2013-2014 benchmark day of enrollment, there were over 25,000 empty permanent seats available throughout the District. The State requires these spaces be filled before new school capacity would be considered for funding. As no new capacity can be added, schools may need to undergo boundary changes in order to meet school concurrency Level of Service (LOS).

  • 4. Will the portables being used by ESE and Headstart students be phased out?

    Relocatables purchased with federal funding will remain in use for Headstart and ESE.

  • 5. Does any portion of my city taxes go to the Broward County School Board for the construction of schools located within my city?

    Broward County Public Schools does not receive any city taxes for the construction of schools.
    For additional information contact Omar Shim, Capital Budget (754) 321-2080.

  • 6. My builder told me that I am paying additional fees in my purchase price toward the construction of new schools within my development/area/city/etc. Is this true?

    Some developers/builders pay an Impact Fee. The revenue from this fee is expended for school construction in the zone in which it is collected. The District is divided into four zones. It is up to the developer to determine whether or not to pass this cost on to the buyer of a home. These fees go towards new schools and capital costs. Impact fees make up an estimated 2.41 percent of the entire revenue for Broward County Public Schools.
    For additional information contact Growth Management (754) 321-2160.

Last Modified on June 26, 2019