Frequently Asked Questions

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

    While specific schools in the District are experiencing overcrowding, based on the most recent Five-Year State Plant Survey, there is a surplus of available student seats (known as permanent capacity) Districtwide.  This means, no new schools or classroom additions can be built until the surplus seats are reduced.

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

    During the annual school boundary process, the Superintendent recommends to the School Board plans for the following school year(s) the establishment, organization and operation of schools in the District.

    Part of the review process can include repurposing and consolidating schools if doing so would help the District better and more economically meet the needs of students. However, this does not guarantee that any new building (e.g., schools, classroom additions) could occur.  The state makes this determination based on the Five-Year State Educational Plant Survey, which outlines the available student seats (permanent capacity) Districtwide.

  • 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?

    Previously, an elementary school, middle school and high school were included in Broward County Public Schools five-year District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP) to provide additional student seats for the Weston area. However, these facilities were removed from the DEFP by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Educational Facilities, based on the 2008 State Educational Plant Survey, which noted a Districtwide surplus of student seats (permanent capacity).

    As of the District’s 2022/23 benchmark day enrollment count, there were more than 45,000 available student seats in the District. The state requires these seats be filled before building new school capacity can be considered.

  • 4. Will the portables (relocatables) 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 Public Schools 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 the District's Capital Budget Office at (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 seven 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.

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