When Bay County School officials close several schools next fall, those students will be rezoned to other campuses. Some parents aren't exactly sure where their children will be going.
At the Bay District Headquarters, officials have new maps on display so you can see how rezoning will affect your family. The changes have some parents concerned about which schools their children will attend next fall.
The most significant zoning changes will take place in communities where schools are closing, meaning, areas around Rosenwald Middle, West Bay, and Millville Elementary.
Bay district staff member Nancy Boyd is heading up the rezoning effort. She says in the past the district has only re zoned when a new campus has opened. Now too many schools are either way-under or way-over capacity.
"It’s hard for a small school to be able to provide for the level of services that a larger school or a school that's filled to capacity can. So I think this will help improve equity of the different schools. In that sense I think it's a positive situation, but it's always hard to change schools after you've been there. You build loyalty to your school," said Nancy Boyd, Bay District schools.
Some of the zoning changes might shock you, especially at the high school level. Not all Mosley students will be returning to the campus next year.
"As far as the high schools, the northern part of Mosley, part of it is going to Bozeman and part has been re-zoned to Rutherford. The Venetian Village area has been rezoned to bay. As I said we were trying to make the size of those high schools equitable," said Boyd.
School choice will still be available. Students already attending a specific school will be get priority. Nothing guarantees any out of zone student a spot at a particular campus.
School board members have approved the revision for advertisement but won't vote on the final approval until next month.
To see the rezoning maps and locate your child's school, log onto the Bay District School’s website.