District administrators gave the green light to open 25 more seats at Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and 50 additional spots at Suncoast High’s school’s various programs including the coveted International Baccalaureate.
The space had been available at those schools, but money for the necessary additional teachers had not until now, said Pete Licata, director of the district’s choice programs.
Superintendent Robert Avossa announced the additions in his back-to-school press conference Monday morning, a week before students return to school.
Most of those seats went to freshmen and some to sophomores chosen by lottery from the waiting pool created after last spring’s original lottery, Licata said.
Avossa also noted that the district will be opening new choice programs next week. Details on that to come.
Monday also saw the second mock run for the district’s buses.
Avossa said the second go in two weeks was intended to work out potential routing problems. Other efforts to avoid last year’s debacle include 60 new buses and 100 more drivers than last year, when the year started with a shortage of 50 drivers. As a result, this year begins with the bus compound full staffed with drivers and 50 “on the bench,” he said.
“The first 10 days of school is always going to be a challenge,” Avossa said.
Parents and students will be able to see where their bus stop will be picking up and dropping off when the Find My Bus Stop site goes live Wednesday, Aug. 10.