Mixed reaction over new St. Johns County schools

By Jim Piggott, General assignment reporter, jpiggott@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:36:13 AM EST
Updated On: Oct 09 2013 06:25:52 PM EDT

VIDEO: Big changes coming to schools in St. Johns County that include new schools and new zoning.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

Some big changes are in store for students in the northern part of St. Johns County.

The School Board is deciding on what students will move into two new schools. It will affect many of the elementary and middle schools in the area.

Parents have mixed reactions. They like the idea of a new, less-crowed school, but changing schools again for some is a bit tough.

Parents waiting outside Durbin Creek Elementary School on Wednesday to pick up their kids said they've been following the proposed moves closely.

Two new schools are under construction in northern St. Johns County. They are being built to relieve overcrowding, and both will house kids from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Dania Schweitzer said that's good for her daughters.

"For me it will be a longer ride because the girls will be staying together and going up to eighth grade together," she said.

But anytime new schools open, boundaries change. And for some parents in the growing part of the county, they say they are changing too much. Some changed schools two years ago and could change again.

"I don't think it's good for children to keep changing schools," parent Andrea Zrycki said.

But school Superintendent Joseph Joyner said there isn't much that can be done about that. It's either move students or leave schools overcrowded.

"Most people are excited to go to a new school, and lots are pleased with the school they are attending, and that is a very positive thing for us," he said.

During a meeting Tuesday night, the School Board narrowed down its selection to a plan that would affect enrollments at five schools. Parent who live in particular communities are finding out if their kids will be moved next fall.

The superintendent says that's upsetting for some at first.

"After the children move, I almost never hear any concern," Joyner said.

More schools are also expected to be built in the near future.

The board will finalize its decision next month. To check out the plan it approved, click here.

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