School Zone Changes Can Affect Your Property Values
Courtesy of news4jax.com, here are the school zoning changes that were approved for Duval County for the 2015-2016 School Year. Remember, the schools children are assigned to can have a real impact on property values. Make sure you understand how any of your investment or potential investment properties will be affected by the change when buying or selling:
Here are the proposals that passed last Monday:
Seabreeze, Alimacani Elementary — Revise the boundary for Seabreeze Elementary to relieve overcrowding. Boundary change will only impact incoming kindergarten students and students new to the area. No current Seabreeze students will be impacted and incoming kindergarten students with a sibling at Seabreeze may attend Seabreeze.
Stilwell, Jeff Davis Middle — Convert Stilwell Middle to a dedicated military leadership magnet school. All students currently in the Stilwell boundary will be rezoned for Jeff Davis Middle. Current Stilwell students will not have to reapply and students in the current Stilwell boundary will receive priority 1 status for the magnet program.
Justina Road, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Lake Lucina, Ft. Caroline Elementary, GRASP, R.L. Brown Elementary — Convert Justina Road Elementary to GRASP Academy. Current Justina students will be rezoned with transportation to Arlington, Arlington Heights, Lake Lucina, or Ft. Caroline. Students will also receive priority option for special transfer to other schools as well as the GRASP program if they meet the criteria for the program.
Butler, Ribault Middle, Highlands, Northwestern Middle — Convert Butler Middle to two dedicated single gender magnet schools. All students currently in the Butler boundary will be rezoned for either Ribault, Highlands, or Northwestern Middle. Current Butler students will not have to reapply and students in the current Butler boundary will receive priority 1 status for the magnet program.
Sandalwood, Atlantic Coast High — Revise the boundary for Sandalwood High to relieve overcrowding. Boundary change will only impact students in the new housing development still under construction. No current Sandalwood students will be impacted.
One of the most anticipated proposals at the school board meeting involved the rezoning of GRASP Choice Academy and Justina Road Elementary School.
Under the proposal, Justina Elementary would be converted to GRASP Academy — a school that specializes in teaching students with dyslexia.
Because the proposal passed, current Justina students will be rezoned with transportation to Arlington, Arlington Heights, Lake Lucina, or Ft. Caroline. The board said that Justina Road Elementary’s enrollment has declined by 231 students in the past few years.