Boundary changes for Calusa Elem, Forest Hill High move forward

 

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The school district’s boundary committee will recommend to Superintendent Robert Avossa that 372 Boca Raton students be shuffled in a move to reduce the crowding at Calusa Elementary.

The committee spent the first months of the school year taking suggestions from parents and staff regarding the best way to relieve matter at the district’s most crowded school. The plan they settled on brings the school to within its capacity when 11 ‘concretables’ are counted as classroom space while moving the fewest students in the region.

The plan was not unanimously endorsed –  a handful of members were unhappy that the shuffle doesn’t remove more students at the school where classroom space has been carved from teacher break rooms, computer labs and the library.

Avossa will have the final say in what is brought to the school board, which will then hold two votes before the moves are final.

The boundary changes not only take students out of Calusa, but also create a cascade of moves at other nearby schools to make room at less crowded campuses.

 

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Meanwhile, the advisory committee took its first look at trimming the rolls at Forest Hill High, the district’s most crowded high school.

The committee agreed to send a proposal to move 182 students living north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard out of Forest Hill and into Palm Beach Lakes to a meeting for public comment in January.

Forest Hill High is surrounded by high schools that are approaching capacity themselves, with the exception of Palm Beach Lakes.

Staff told the committee this proposal gives Forest Hill High enough relief in the coming four years for the principal there to maintain until a long-term solution can be found. The school would operate at 130 percent capacity until then.

That solution may involve adding capacity to Forest Hill or other nearby schools. Sometime from 2017 to 2022, another high school is slated to be built on Lyons and Lake Worth Roads and that could deliver some relief but only with a domino effect of moves at other schools.

 

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