• 2K Brevard students reshuffled after closures


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - It's almost time to go back to school.

    About 2,000 Brevard County students who head back a week from Wednesday will have to find their way around different schools due to the closures of Clear Lake Middle, and South Lake and Gardendale Elementary Schools.

    Mims and Oak Park Elementary are among the schools seeing the largest influx of new students.

    Christine McClure's children will be among the transplants. They attended Gardendale. Now they're headed to Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts.

    "It's just getting my kids situated in yet another school when they were doing so well where they had friends. And everybody is all dispersed now all across the community," McClure said.

    McClure will drive her kids to school. Corridor busing for choice programs was also eliminated as part of the $25 million in cuts made to save the district money this coming school year.

    "That includes over 400 positions in our budget. It has been challenging but we've met that challenge and we're ready to move forward," Superintendent Brian Biggeli said.

    Binggeli said the district was able to recover media assistants in all schools and many of the annual contract teachers.

    Binggeli said the district saw significant savings by reducing energy expenses and health care costs.

    "Despite all our challenges, we still offer phenomenal opportunities to our students in international curriculum, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, Cambridge," Binggeli said.

    "I think everyone's extremely hopeful for the children in Brevard County," McClure said.

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