VIERA, Florida - Brevard Public Schools is denying a report that Superintendent Dr. Brian Binggeli has changed his stance on school closures, according to BPS sources.
”The Viera Voice falsely reported that after an administrative meeting, Dr. Brian Binggeli will recommend to the school board to delay the four school closures for a year to explore alternatives,” said Michelle Irwin of the BPS Office of District Communications. “It is on the Agenda for Tuesday.”
The BPS School Board will consider the closing of four schools, the elimination of corridor busing, and a fee to apply to Choice Schools at its meeting on Tuesday. School Board member Amy Kneessy said that she will oppose closing schools.
Regarding corridor busing, Irwin said, “We are still exploring the feasibility of parents who would like to have the service paying a fee.”
Kneessy added, “The decision to end corridor bussing has been very difficult for the board. The state only mandates transportation for students attending a neighborhood school that is two or more miles away. There is no requirement to offer transportation to choice schools. Other districts in the state have already eliminated this transportation, if they even offered it to begin with. Many parents have asked me if we could charge for transportation. So far, the Department of Education has said no but we are seeking a legal opinion from the State Attorney’s Office. I also had the opportunity to discuss this matter directly with the Governor last Friday. We are hopeful we can find a way to continue offering transportation to choice schools next year, but it would be on a fee basis.”