Broward County School Board Faces Decline in Student Enrollment

The recent meeting of the Broward County School Board at Charles W. Flanagan High School centered on the issue of declining student enrollment and its impact on the district’s future operations. Superintendent Peter B. Licata provided an overview of the “Redefining Our Schools” initiative, which addresses the steady decrease in student numbers since the 2004-2005 academic year, with a significant drop following the pandemic and the expansion of voucher programs. The district has lost around 24,000 students over the past decade, equating to a financial shortfall of approximately $27 million annually. With roughly 50,000 empty seats across the district, the board is considering various strategies, including creating more magnet programs, changing school grade configurations, merging schools, revising school boundaries, and potentially closing or repurposing schools.

During the meeting, Licata emphasized that the district does not have a predetermined list of schools for closure or repurposing but is committed to engaging with the community to develop an equitable and positive approach. The school board is expected to vote on a list of schools to be redefined by June, with the earliest changes likely to occur in the 2025-2026 school year.

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Peter B. Licata
School Board Officials:
Lori Alhadeff, Debra Hixon, Dr. Allen Zeman, Daniel Foganholi, Torey Alston, Sarah Leonardi, Dr. Jeff Holness, Brenda Fam (Esq), Nora Rupert

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