Parents wait to hear fate of 3 Brevard County schools


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Hundreds of Brevard County parents will have to wait another week to find out if a judge will grant an injunction blocking the closure of three schools.

In November, the school system superintendent recommended closing four schools to save money.

In February, the school board decided to shut down Clearlake Middle School and Gardendale and South Lake Elementary schools after the 2012-2013 school year.

Preparations to close the three schools are moving forward.

"I really don't understand why they're closing (South Lake Elementary)," said Syncia Jeancy.

Jeancy's three children attended South Lake elementary.

On Wednesday, as they collected their end-of-year report cards and school awards, they also said goodbye to their teachers.

"And at the same time, for parents who think their kids aren't going to be affected, they are going to be affected. There are kids who are going to be rezoned," said parent Katrina Foster.

Foster's daughter also attended South Lake Elementary.

Foster brought her daughter and a number of her daughter's classmates to attend a court hearing Wednesday. She and other parents are requesting a halt to the school closures.

A group of parents want a temporary injunction. They argue the closures hit economically disadvantaged communities, unfairly impacting minority students.

"Based on the closing of Riverview and now South Lake, I definitely feel that way," said Foster.

Riverview closed this past school year. But school board attorneys argue there's nothing discriminatory in the planned closures. They said the closures are part of a plan to deal with a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall.

"I think whatever is going on, it is not fair," said parent April Whitehead.

"We'll figure it out. But why should it be this way? Why close schools?" said Jeancy.

The judge said he would be ready to announce a decision on the school closures at a hearing May 31.