Thursday afternoon the Bay County School Board met at the Nelson Administration building to discuss how school choice will work as they rezone, repurpose and close schools.
Currently many parents in the district choose to send their children to schools other then the ones they're zoned for.
A lot of them do so because of special programs within the schools. For example, they choose to participate in Mosley High School's ‘MAPS’ program or Bay High's ‘AICE’ program.
However, many of the district's schools are under-capacity because students are choosing to go elsewhere, while others are over-capacity with too many students choosing to attend.
School board chair Ginger Littleton suggested completely getting rid of school choice, but not all of the other members agreed.
"They are in charge of that household and if they want to send their student someplace that's going to promote them educationally they have the right to do that," said Ryan Neves, Bay Co. School Brd. Member.
"I think that that has to be offered to any student who can get into that, because of their path, their academic path," said Donna Allen, Bay Co. School Brd. Member.
The board will meet in a special meeting next Wednesday February 11th at 4:00 p.m. to make a decision on a new school choice policy.
In the meantime they are accepting your ideas and comments on the bay district schools website.