Bay District School Board votes to advertise proposed school rezoning plan

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As Bay District Schools leaders are faced with the decision to close some schools next year, now they have to figure out where to rezone students.

As the board is currently advertising its recommendations to mothball Oscar Patterson, Oakland Terrace, and Springfield elementary schools, they approved the advertisement of new rezoning plans Tuesday afternoon.

They discussed rezoning plans for Cedar Grove, Parker, Tommy Smith, and Tyndall elementary schools to accommodate students from the mothballed schools.

According to the plans in the board book, here's what rezoning could look like for schools if finalized.

Cedar Grove Elementary School:
"Starting at the corner of Highway 231 and Pipeline Road, head south
on Pipeline road (west side only) to Mill Bayou (waterway). On Game
Farm Road starting at the Power Lines, extend a straight line south to
Tram Road (west side only of this line), follow Tram Road eastward to
N. Star Ave (south side of Tram Road only) to Business 98, (west side)
to N Tyndall Parkway; following N Tyndall Parkway (west side only) to
11th Street; following 11th Street (north side only) to Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd (east side only) to 15th Street; following 15th Street west
(north side only) to Highway 231; Highway 231 forms the top boundary to Pipeline Road (south/east side only)."

Parker Elementary School:
"Starting on E. Business Highway 98 heading away from Tyndall
Parkway (both sides; not including Point Donalson, Southwood, and
Crown Point), until waterway. Follow waterway north (west side only)
until 3rd Street E, turn left on 3rd Street E (north side only); turn right
on E. Business Highway 98 (north side only); turn right on N. East Ave
(east side only); turn right on 11th Street E (south side only); turn
right on Tyndall Parkway (west side only) to Wallace road, turn right
on Wallace Road (north side only); continue on Wallace Road to S.
Bertha Avenue to waterway."

Tommy Smith Elementary School:
"Starting at the corner of Highway 231 and Pipeline Road, head south
on Pipeline road (east side only) to Mill Bayou, (waterway). On Game
Farm Road starting at the Power Lines, extend a straight line south to
Tram Road (east side only of this line). Follow Tram Road westward to
N. Star Ave (north side of Tram Road only); right around N. Star Ave
(neither sides; does not include Shadow Bay, with the waterway
being the boundary on the west and south includes all areas east of
the waterway, north of the waterway and following east along the
coast until you reach the corner at East Bay County Line Road and
12005 [road]). From the intersection of Tram Rd & Star Avenue;
Southwest to a point South of Bennie’s Way (North side only); North
to a point southeast of Amanda Circle; Northwest from said point to the southern extension of Pipeline Road."

Tyndall Elementary School:
"Beginning at the mouth of Parker Bayou; Northeast through Parker
Bayou to the Luther Street extension; North on the Luther Street
extension and Luther Street (excluding both sides) to Business
Highway 98; Southeast on Business Highway 98 (south side only) to
Wallace Road; East along Wallace Road (south side only) to S. Berthe
Avenue; Continue east on Wallace Road extension to Callaway Bayou;
Southeast through Callaway Bayou to East Bay; East through East
Bay to the Bay-Gulf County Line; South along the Bay-Gulf County
Line into the Gulf of Mexico; West through the Gulf of Mexico to St.
Andrew Bay; North and east through St. Andrew Bay
and around Red Fish Point to the mouth of Parker Bayou, the point of beginning."

As for the students of mothballed schools:
-Oakland Terrace students would be rezoned to Lucille Moore and Northside elementary schools.
-Oscar Patterson students would be rezoned to Hiland Park, Cherry Street, and Cedar Grove.
-Springfield students would be rezoned to Cedar Grove and Parker.

The board voted to keep Callaway open in the advertised plan.

"What happened was, when the board voted to leave Callaway open, that altered those four schools that were taking part of Callaway's students, so what we did was we replaced those lines of Callaway back," Superintendent Bill Husfelt said.

He said rearranging the district's plan in the future is a possibility.

"If our growth is stagnant and we don't gain any more students over the next year, that's a very strong possibility. It all depends on how quickly the families can move back," Husfelt said.

The rezoning plans will be put to a final vote in spring, along with the proposed mothballing of schools.


Cedar Grove Rezoning Map
Parker Rezoning Map
Tommy Smith Rezoning Map
Tyndall Rezoning Map