Flagler Schools will rearrange its school grade-level configuration, shifting the sixth grade from elementary school to middle school starting in the 2022-2023 school year to relieve overcrowding in the district's elementary schools.
School Board members approved the proposal unanimously at an April 20 board meeting.
The current grade-level arrangement is kindergarten-through-sixth-grade elementary schools, seventh- and eighth-grade middle schools, and ninth-through-12th-grade high schools. The change will leave high schools unaffected, while making elementary schools kindergarten-through-fifth-grade and middle schools sixth-through-eighth-grade.
The change will also necessitate a rezoning, with details yet to be determined; a district staff presentation suggests the possibility of planning an addition to Matanzas High School and one of the district's two middle schools, but the board will not make a final decision on those steps until later in the process.
The district will seek to balance schools' enrollments while accounting for special programs, neighborhood boundaries, school choice and transportation practicalities.
The timeline for the rezoning process will be as follows, according to a district staff document:
- Late April to June 2021: District staff will work on proposed rezoning configurations
- July-August: The district will hold community meetings
- Sept. 21: The district will present the initial proposal to the School Board at an information workshop
- Oct. 19: The district will hold any additional necessary community meetings, public hearings and School Board meeting presentations of rezoning options by the Oct. 19 board workshop
- Nov. 16: The district will present finalized rezoning maps to the School Board for final approval.