Brevard Schools tables plan to rezone elementary, high schools

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 4:19 PM EST

Public outcry and negative feedback has prompted the Brevard County Schools superintendent to drop a proposed attendance boundary change.

The school board had considered to rezone students from Melbourne High to Palm Bay, Bayside, Heritage and Eau Gallie high schools because Melbourne was hitting 99 percent capacity and becoming Brevard's largest high school.

Palm Bay High is currently at 63 percent capacity.

But some residents in West Melbourne balked at the idea, saying they didn't want their children to go from attending an "A"-grade school to a "C"-grade school. Others feared it would impact their property values.

Superintendent Desmond Blackburn said Wednesday that any Melbourne High boundary changes are off the table for this year.

Blackburn says he will also recommend not rezoning elementary schools in Viera.

The school board may still consider rezoning undeveloped areas west of Interstate 95 to move from Melbourne to Heritage High in Palm Bay.