Brevard County (Florida)
Administrative Procedures
 

7110A - SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE

SCOPE

This procedure outlines the process for closing a school.

DEFINITIONS:

 A.Action Agenda: An action agenda item is individually considered by the Board at a scheduled Board meeting. Although some action agenda items can be approved by the Board at the meeting, those items requiring a public hearing, such as a school closure, can only be authorized to be heard at a public hearing no sooner than twenty-eight (28) days following the meeting. The public has an opportunity to provide input to the Board during the "Public Comments" portion of the meeting per F.S. 286.0114.

 B.Capital Outlay Committee Capacity: A committee composed of representatives of local governments, established by the Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning and School Concurrency.

 C.Community Meetings: Meetings held by School District staff in the areas of potentially affected schools to present information regarding potential school closings and gather input from the community for consideration by the Board.

 D.Information Agenda: An information agenda item can be discussed by the Board at a scheduled Board meeting, but no action can be taken on the item at the meeting. The public has an opportunity to provide input to the Board during the "Public Comments" portion of the meeting per F.S. 286.0114.

 E.Public Hearing: A public hearing is a specific agenda item at a scheduled Board meeting required by the policy adoption process. The public has an opportunity to provide input to the Board prior to the adoption of the policy per F.S. 286.0114.

 F.Board Meeting: A scheduled meeting of the Board to conduct business.

 G.Board Workshop: An ad hoc meeting of the Board to address a specific issue. Public comments are not taken at these meetings.

 H.Staff Recommendations: School District staff recommendations of schools to be considered for closure, based on the AP 7110B - School Closure Analysis Procedure.

RESPONSIBILITY

Superintendent and Senior Staff.

APPROVAL AUTHORITY

The Board.

PROCEDURE

 A.General: When considering school closures, the Board shall utilize: (1) School District staff recommendations based on Form 7110B F1 - Criteria and Guidelines for School Closure Analysis; (2) recommendations received from the Capital Outlay Committee (representing local governments); and (3) comments and/or recommendations received from the community at community meetings and Board meetings.

 B.Schedule: Unless otherwise requested by the Board, the process begins with receipt by the Board of School District staff recommendations, typically in September, and continues through approval by the Board at a public hearing in January.

 C.Board Workshop: School District staff recommendations regarding potential school closures are reviewed and discussed by the Board at a workshop. The Board may accept, reject or modify the recommendations, or request additional recommendations.

 D.Release of Information: For those recommendations approved for further consideration by the Board, school closure analysis information and proposals for attendance boundary changes associated with each potential school closure are published on the School Districtís website, sent to the Capital Outlay Committee and sent to the media.

 E.Local Government Input: The Capital Outlay Committee (COC), representing local governments, may submit written recommendations regarding the potential school closures based on their established evaluation process and criteria for consideration by the Board. In addition, a representative of the COC will be provided an opportunity to present the consensus recommendations of the COC at the meeting at which the action item is heard.

 F.Community Input: Parents and other members of the community will be provided specific information regarding the potential school closures by School District staff at a community meeting in the area of each potentially affected school. Comments and/or recommendations provided by the community at the meetings will be presented to the Board for their consideration.

 G.Information Agenda: School District staff recommendations, Capital Outlay Committee recommendations, and comments and/or recommendations from the community regarding potential school closures are reviewed and discussed by the Board as an information agenda item at a Board meeting. The Board may accept, reject or modify the recommendations, or request additional recommendations.

 H.Action Agenda: Recommendations regarding potential school closures, with modifications as requested, are reviewed and discussed by the Board as an action agenda item at a Board meeting. The Board may accept, reject or modify the recommendations, or request additional recommendations. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing.

 I.Public Hearing: Recommendations regarding potential school closures, with modifications as requested, are approved by the Board at a public hearing.

IMPLEMENTATION

Approved school closures are implemented beginning with the following school year.
Approved 4/8/14

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