Brevard County (Florida)
Administrative Procedures
 

7110B - SCHOOL CLOSURE ANALYSIS PROCEDURE

SCOPE

This procedure outlines the process for analyzing a school to be considered for closure.

DEFINITIONS

 A.Capacity

  1.Design Capacity: The maximum number of students designed to be housed at the school based on the satisfactory factored permanent capacity, scheduled on a traditional calendar, contained in the FISH database at the time of the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) survey in October of the current school year.

  2.Total Capacity: The maximum number of students designed to be housed at the school based on the satisfactory factored permanent and relocatable capacity, scheduled on a traditional calendar, contained in the FISH database at the time of the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) survey in October of the current school year.

 B.Capacity Utilization: A school’s capacity utilization is determined by dividing the number of projected students by the school’s total capacity.

 C.Criteria and Guidelines for School Closure Analysis: Criteria and guidelines used to analyze schools that may be considered for closure.

 D.Florida Inventory School Houses (FISH) Capacity: The database used by the Department of Education for all spaces in Florida public educational facilities. FISH capacity is the number of students that a school is designed to house, scheduled on a traditional calendar, based on the number of existing satisfactory student stations multiplied by a utilization factor. The FISH includes both permanent student stations and relocatable student stations.

 E.Out-of-Area Student: A student that does not attend the school that serves the area in which s/he resides. See Policy 7120 for restrictions and exceptions.

 F.Student Enrollment: The number of students enrolled at the school during the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) survey in October of the current school year, which is used as the "official" student membership for the School District for that school year.

 G.Student Enrollment Projections: The number of students projected to be enrolled at the school for the following five (5) school years, published by Financial Services each November.

RESPONSIBILITY

Facilities Services’ Director of Planning & Project Management.

APPROVAL AUTHORITY

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services; Superintendent.

PROCEDURE

 A.General: Facilities Services Planning is the lead department in providing data for school closure analysis. A selection team, composed of area superintendents, Financial Services, Transportation Services, Curriculum & Instruction and Human Resources, evaluates the data and makes recommendations regarding school closure analysis.

 B.Schedule: Unless otherwise requested by the Board, the process begins in August and concludes with a recommendation to the Board, typically in September. This process is followed by AP 7110A - School Closure Procedure, which begins with this recommendation and concludes with a public hearing in January of the following year.

 C.Preliminary Recommendations: Preliminary school closure analysis recommendations are developed by the selection team based on Form 7110B F1 - Criteria and Guidelines for School Closure Analysis. Proposals for attendance boundary changes made necessary by a school closure are developed for each analysis in accordance with AP 7110 - School Attendance Boundary Change Procedure.

 D.Senior Staff Review: The preliminary school closure analysis recommendations are sent to the Superintendent and his/her senior staff for review and comment, then modified as necessary by Facilities Services Planning to incorporate any comments.

 E.Staff Recommendations: School closure analysis recommendations are submitted to the Board by the Superintendent.

Approved 4/8/14

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