Parents concerned about rezoning St. Johns County schools

By Allyson Henning - Reporter

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Some schools in St. Johns County could be rezoned starting next school year. It's an issue concerning a large number of parents in the state's top rated school district.

The district is working to create attendance zones at two K- 8 schools under construction for next year.

School KK (2135 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, FL, 32081) is located on Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra Beach.  

School LL (1365 Shetland Drive, Saint Johns, FL, 32259) is located off Shetland Drive in the Saint Johns neighborhood on the western side of the county.  Those schools will be named later.

Other possible changes could affect students in St. Augustine near Heritage Park and Sawmill Landing.

The proposals impact students at 13 area schools including at Landrum Middle School.
The District has posted the plans online and a revised plan for the Shetland Drive school in Aberdeen.

The capacity of both new schools is nearly 15-hundred (1,490) students.

The majority of schools in this northwest part of the county are over capacity right now and all are using relocatable classrooms to the extra students. The county’s booming growth has had a big impact on area schools. 

The district’s enrollment history has been steadily increasing from year to year. Last school year, enrollment was at 38,488 students. This year as of the 10th day of school, enrollment is 39,746.

The district said the plan anticipates future growth in the attendance zone and maximizes transportation efficiency costs. The goal is to adjust these zones based on development trends. They hope to relieve overcrowding and ensure quality education. 

The district wants public input. There will be final town hall meeting to discuss the changes on Monday at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine.

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