Proposed Viera boundaries could shift Quest students

This is the proposed redistricting map for Viera's Quest Elementary School.

 

A proposed redistricting in west Viera might affect where some current Quest Elementary school students attend next school year.

The matter was discussed publicly via a Zoom meeting Dec. 2 with Sue Hann, assistant superintendent; Matt Susin, District 4 Brevard School Board member; Adrienne Schwab, principal, Viera Elementary; and Christine Boyd, principal, Quest Elementary.

The meeting was held to obtain community input for the Brevard County School Board’s Dec. 15 meeting. The board voted 5-0 to move forward with the proposed redistricting at a public hearing on Jan. 19 to decide whether to officially change the attendance boundaries.

The reason for the proposed redistricting is to “balance capacity” between Quest and Viera elementaries “and to provide adequate future capacity to serve the future development,” David Lindemann, the director of Planning and Project Management, wrote in an email.

The proposed area for redistricting has been coined “Area B,” which is west of Stadium Parkway and south of Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

Area B currently has 130 Quest Elementary students residing within its boundaries that could be affected by the proposed redistricting.

Quest Elementary has 795 students, while 387 students attend Viera Elementary. Viera Elementary has a capacity for 970 students. Within “Area B,” 84 attend Viera Elementary.

“The student projections for next year are currently being analyzed and have not been completed,” Lindemann said. “If the attendance boundary change is approved in January (2021), the projected change would mean 118 additional students at the Viera Elementary and 118 fewer at Quest.”

Rising sixth graders at Quest who reside in Area B would be able to complete their final year at the school by submitting an application. Currently, 12 rising sixth graders would be affected by the proposed redistricting.

Students residing within Area B in other grades would attend Viera Elementary beginning the 2021-22 school year, regardless of whether they have a sibling attending Quest for the sixth grade.

Other rising sixth graders who live outside of the Quest boundary would also make a renewable application to continue attending Quest for their final year.

Most, if not all, students within Area B will reside within the two-mile walking distance for Viera Elementary.

“I want to express to our families, though change is difficult at times, Ms. Adrienne Schwab and I have been working hand in hand,” Boyd said. “We have similar programs in almost every aspect.”

Contact Schwab at 321-350-9691 or email her at schwab.adrienne@brevardschools.org to find out if you reside in Area B.

For more information, go to brevardschools.org or the BPS Facebook page.