21.Patricia Staebler (parent of Lee Middle School student) - said her children will going to be turned away from Lee Middle School because there are too many children who want to attend there. She invited Board Members to visit Lee Middle School to see there are students who wish to attend Lee Middle School who have a true interest in the arts, and students who are forced, often through parental decision, to attend this school. She urged the Board to limit the district area of Lee Middle School, and bring the school back to its true purpose of a magnet school for the arts.
22.Don Jankowski (Sabal Harbor resident) - said there would be a lot less opposition to some of the proposed redistricting plans if the current 6th grade students were allowed to be grandfathered in as well as 7th grade students.
Chairman Simmons closed the Public Hearing portion of the meeting.
APPROVAL OF A RULE GOVERNING ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES FOR DAN NOLAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mr. Kinnan said Dr. Dearing's proposal is a culmination of the efforts of all Committee members, and representative of their work. He noted that redistricting will be an issue this district deals with for years to come as it deals with growth, and that the process must be fair and consistent.
Mr. Miller expressed appreciation to committee members for their work and to parents for their input into this process. He agreed with the Superintendent's recommendations in several areas, but requested information regarding the grandfathering option prior to making a final decision.
Mrs. Harvey thanked committee members for their service, and commended the redistricting process. She discussed the Board's decisions regarding Lee Middle School and the previous promises to the Bayshore community, pointing out that it was another day, and the issue bears addressing. She said she is highly in favor of giving 6th and 7th grade students a grandfathering option.
Mr. Brunner thanked committee members, parents and those involved in the process. He noted that in education it is impossible to make all the people happy; however, the Board will try to do the best that it can. He spoke in support of Dr. Dearing's proposal, and credited the Committees for laying the foundation for the Superintendent's proposal. He said he was amenable to a phased approach to grandfathering students.