The R-section will be rezoned to ITMS and Matanzas, with rising eighth graders and 11th and 12th graders allowed to remain at their current schools.
While school choice and transportation issues are still to be hammered out, the Flagler County School Board formally approved rezoning for next school year for the district’s secondary schools.
The district needed to help level out capacity between the two middle schools and the two high schools, said Patty Bott, the district’s coordinator of planning and intergovernmental relations.
With sixth graders scheduled to be shifted from the elementary schools to the middle schools in 2022-23, secondary-school rezoning became the priority with rezoning for elementary schools pushed back to next year.
Palm Coast’s R-section, which had been zoned for Buddy Taylor Middle School and Flagler Palm Coast High School will now be zoned for Indian Trails Middle School and Matanzas High School. The area is bordered by Whiteview Parkway to the north, Belle Terre Parkway to the east, Royal Palms Parkway to the south and the county line to the west.
Moving the entire R-section to Indian Trails and Matanzas made the most sense despite its closer proximity to BTMS and FPC, Bott said.
“We wanted to keep neighborhoods together as best we could,” Bott said. “We didn’t want to take piecemeal here and piecemeal there.”
The district's rezoning committee took transportation and traffic issues into consideration. Since parts of the W-section are within walking distance of Buddy Taylor, the committee decided to keep the section in the BTMS and FPC zones. The R-section, meanwhile, has easy access for buses and cars on U.S. 1 to both Indian Trails and Matanzas, Bott said.
According to the rezoning timeline, controlled open enrollment will begin on March 1 with the acceptance of student hardship applications and employee transfer applications.
Rising eighth graders, 11th graders and 12th graders will be allowed to remain at their current schools with bus transportation option provided for one year.
Rising sixth and seventh graders will be allowed to attend the same middle school as their siblings, and rising ninth and 10th graders will be allowed to attend the same high school as their siblings, also with a bus option for one year.
The board unanimously approved the plan at its Jan. 18 meeting.