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St. Johns approves school rezoning

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Updated: 11/20/2013 12:38 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla The St. Johns County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to move more than 1,800 students in a rezoning plan that includes two new K-8 schools set to open in the fall of 2014.

New schools are being built to accommodate the county's rapid expansion, according to the school system's superintendent, Dr. Joseph Joyner.

"It's just a fact of life in a rapidly growing community that change is going to take place and there's going to be some movement. The alternative is that you're going to overcrowd schools," said Joyner.

To avoid overcrowding, the new schools are set to open next fall when the rezoning will take effect.

Only three parents showed up to voice their displeasure with the move at Tuesday night's board meeting. One of them was Dr. Daniel Montero, whose two fourth-graders will be moved from Ponte Vedra-Palm Valley Elementary to Ocean Palms.

"My objection is the way families in my neighborhood are going to be moved around," said Montero.

The move will affect at least 1,804 of the 33,000 students in the district, which is expected to grow by hundreds in the next year.

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