• Major rezoning plan would send thousands of Osceola County students to new schools

    By: Michael Lopardi


    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - More than 4,000 students in Osceola County will be headed to a new school in 2018 if the school board votes Tuesday to approve a major rezoning plan.

    The plan was proposed to help the county deal with recent growth and even out school populations, officials said.

    Sandra Gonzalez has two children enrolled at Neptune Middle School and if the plan is approved, next year they will be going to Denn John Middle School.

    “As a parent, I am a little bit concerned for my kid, yes, for sure,” she said. “They do get comfortable, used to some of the teachers, counselors, friends, so now they’re going to be having to move to another school.”

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    The plan is also in response to a new 3,000 student high school that will be opening in 2018.

    The new high school will take students from Gateway, Harmony, Osceola and St. Cloud high schools, school board chairman Kelvin Soto said.

    “A new high school with 3,000-student stations has a very big impact on how the zone for other schools are going to be impacted,” he said.

    The Osceola County School Board will vote on the plan for middle schools Tuesday and the high school plan a week later.

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