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Meetings scheduled Jan. 25, 30 to discuss changes to school choice in Gainesville
Gainesville School Board Office

Two public meetings have been scheduled for parents and students to learn more about proposed changes to school attendance zones within the Gainesville City School System and how these changes would place limits on school choice for the 2018-19 academic year.

The first is at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Gainesville Exploration Academy, and the second is at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Centennial Arts Academy.

The Board of Education is planning to vote on the proposed changes in February.

Gainesville City School System public meetings

What: School staff will be available for parents and students interested in learning more about proposed changes to school attendance zones and how these changes, if approved, would impact school choice

When and where:

  • 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Gainesville Exploration Academy, 1145 McEver Road
  • 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Centennial Arts Academy, 852 Century Place

Gainesville school leaders are proposing to limit school choice in an effort to balance attendance at the city school system’s six elementary schools, as well as provide pre-K at each school.

Parents now can choose which elementary school their child attends, with the exception of the new Mundy Mill Academy.

Under a proposal revealed earlier this month, Gainesville’s elementary schools would be divided into two clusters, with parents choosing their child’s school within that cluster.

If parents choose to send their child to a school outside of their cluster, they will be required to provide their own transportation.

To make this work, school officials are also redrawing attendance zones for each individual school to level enrollment.

About 12 percent of students would not attend their current school under these proposed changes.

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