After unanimously voting to close or re-purpose more than half a dozen schools Thursday night, Bay County school board members are moving forward. They began the process of re-zoning all of the schools in the district.
The maps already reflect Thursday night's board decision to re-purpose Millville Elementary and Rosenwald Middle School temporarily close West Bay Elementary and close Haney High School.
The re-zoning process will also immediately impact students who have applied for honors programs.
Acceptance letters for ACE, IB, Collegiate Studies and MAPPS programs would normally be mailed on February 20, but because of the re-zoning, the board will wait one month to mail the letters.
Although the district will try to accommodate as many students as possible, Superintendent Bill Husfelt says that some students, who live out of zone, may not be able to attend their program of choice.
"We've got great schools in the district, first of all. There's not a bad choice in all this. We're trying to make this as easy as possible, we're trying to grandfather everybody in, and so if you're currently in a school, you'll be able to continue to go to that school as much as possible."
Starting Monday, you can log onto the district's website at www.bay.k12.fl.us, type in your address, and find out which school zone you live in.
Then, you can take that information to the Bay District School Board Rezoning workshop on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Building.
There is also a public hearing on the zone lines scheduled for March 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Building.