The Broward school board approved new boundaries Wednesday that would kick in next school year.
During a public meeting Wednesday, the board reviewed proposed changes including a plan to convert Arthur Ashe Middle School in Fort Lauderdale into an adult workforce development program and expand Dillard High School into a grades 6-12 magnet program.
Dozens of parents attended the meeting voicing strong opposition to one of the proposal that would shift students from McNab Elementary in Pompano Beach to two other schools.
"Most of our children are walking and biking to school in groups. now we need to put children on buses," said parent Kristie Pszanka.
Her community that has 41 children would be assigned to Floranada Elementary in Fort Lauderdale.
Another group of parents also opposed the change. In their case, 130 students would be re-assigned to Lloyd Estates Elementary in Oakland Park.
"My daughter has been there for four years," said parent Berenice Basilio. "Why is it that you're picking the community of mobile homes and where the Spanish community lives?"
District officials said the move was needed to meet state-mandated class size requirements. McNab is currently overcapacity.
"This is a situation that you cannot win because no one wants their children moved," said board member Robin Bartleman. "We’re not winning this no matter what we do, it is an unhappy, unfortunate situation that we are placed in."
The board is scheduled to adopt the plan during an April 3 public meeting.
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