Rezoning issue coming before school board Gwen Bittner For the Chronicle

School board members will vote today on 2017-18 attendance boundary map changes designed to alleviate overcrowding in schools.

The board will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. and discuss final options for rezoning students from Pleasant Grove Elementary, Inverness Primary, Lecanto Primary, and Citrus Springs Middle schools.

Planning and Growth Management Director Chuck Dixon presented the idea of rezoning nearly 300 students in a February meeting because several centrally located schools are at or nearing capacity. District staff held informational sessions with parents in March at affected schools.

Today’s meeting will address parental concerns and optional compromises like grandfathering in students who wish to stay at their previously zoned school without transportation.

Also at today’s meeting:

* An annual update presentation will be given on the Academy of Environmental Science. The charter school will be in transition next year after the adoption of a redrafted student pupil progression plan in June, an updated charter contract, and new administrator Zak Leonard.

* Recommended social studies textbooks for the 2017-18 school year are up to be approved and adopted. The board held a public hearing in March to discuss the instructional materials but received no public comment. The proposed textbooks include interactive elements and improved instructional tools to help kindergarten through high school students master social studies.

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