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2016-17 Boundary Proposal No. C5,
Analysis and Community Input

Notice: Comunity Proposal C5 has been retracted by the map proposer.
This proposal will no longer be included in the 2016-17 School Boundary Process.

 

Overview

Disclaimer: The following school boundary proposals have been submitted by community members for the 2016-2017 school year. These proposals were not created by District staff and they solely reflect the ideas and opinions of the community members who proposed them. Although these community members have worked with District staff to gather data and ensure that the posted proposals meet the mandated criteria of Class Size and School Concurrency Level of Service, these proposals may or may not meet additional considerations for establishing school boundaries, align with School Board Policy 5000, or be in the best interest of the communities, students and schools impacted. All proposals, inclusive of community comments, will be presented to and discussed by the School Board for consideration.
Proposal Number C5
Date Submitted September 30, 2015
Submitted By Alma Gonzalez
Schools Involved Cypress Bay High, West Broward High, Western High
IZones Involved Cypress Bay, West Broward, Western
Description Moves a portion of the Cypress Bay High boundary into Western High and a portion of the West Broward High boundary into Cypress Bay High so that students residing in close proximity to Cypress Bay High may attend school there.

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Considerations Reviewed

Class Size Impact As Cypress Bay High has been increasing in enrollment and is currently utilizing all of its gross capacity, moving an area into its boundary may result in it being subsequently moved back out in order for class size requirements to be met.
Level of Service Impact As Cypress Bay High has been increasing in enrollment and is currently utilizing all of its gross capacity, moving an area into its boundary may result in it being subsequently moved back out in order for Level of Service to be met.
Enrollment Impact As this proposal moves out a comparable area in order for another to move in, the immediate net impact on enrollment would be neutral.
Diversity Impact No impact.
Feeder Pattern Impact Creates spilt feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle to Cypress Bay High and West Broward High (currently 100% to West Broward High).
School Proximity Impact Would decrease travel distance for students currently being transported by bus to West Broward High; many students in the area would be able to walk to Cypress Bay High.
Neighborhood Integrity Impact Divides the communities of Christie's Ranches, Griffin 345, Westfield Estates, and Country Acres between West Broward High and Cypress Bay High.
Natural Barrier Impact No impact.

 


Responses:

1.   Marci Bulterman at 09:08 AM on 10/29/2015
The kids currently in the Bonaventure section of Weston were boundaried out if Cypress Bay. The feeder school is Tequesta Trace Middle. No one cared about our kids not going to the HS in Weston. Last I checked, we're part of the city of Weston. Honestly, if the kids in Sunshine Ranches are not part of the City of Weston, they shouldn't be able to go to schools in Weston. Those students are taking up space that should be going to Weston residents. Our home values have dropped because of the boundary change and some families have had to spend money on private HS.
2.   Troy Modlin at 09:53 AM on 10/29/2015

I am the owner of TPMG a property management company in the City of Weston. I am also the property manager for The Lakes, North Lakes & The Villages of San Remo. These three communities adjacent to Indian Trace total 1434 homes that I manage. The map proposal does not make any sense since it is only representing one subdivision in THE LAKES development. For practical purposes there is no way the school Board or bus company would do that for one subdivision within a community. That said, the Board of Directors and soon to be the entire community not to mention the other communities will be in an uproar over this proposed plan. This plan if enacting will dramatically affect home values. I would like to get more information from the school board about this proposed redistricting before any mis-information becomes a tidal wave of problems for the homeowners and the Board.

Thank you,

Troy Modlin

3.   Joe virginio at 01:55 PM on 10/29/2015
We purchased our house because we were in cypress bay district. Rezoning the lakes is unacceptable and will be fought by our entire community
4.   BETH LUDWIG at 02:11 PM on 10/29/2015
rather than changing the boundaries, you need to take a closer look at the residencies of the students. Many of the Cypress bay students do not actually live in the boundaries. There is a loop hole in your system.
5.   Tammy Krzizike at 02:46 PM on 10/29/2015
I am completely against this proposal. I purchased my house in Weston due to the schools I wanted my son to attend. I did not purchase a house in Weston to have him go to high school in Davie. If I wanted him to go to school in Davie, I would have purchased a home there. I suspect many people purchase homes in Weston for the schools, so I am very concerned this will impact my home value if I am no longer zoned for Cypress. My son has been attending schools in Weston since kindergarten, why would anyone propose separating a child from friends that he has grown up with, especially in high school when that is a very difficult time for children at that age. I also purchased my house in Weston due to the sense of community I felt the city had. This proposal completely destroys any sense of community by seemingly haphazardly dividing up the city. Only Cameron Lakes (in the Lakes) is being rezoned. Most of my friends and neighbors kids will be attending Cypress while mine is in Davie (no ability to car pool, experience school activities or etc together). Again, my son will be separated from friends he has down the street, due to this proposal. This proposal has not considered the well being of the residents nor more importantly the negative impact this will have on the children it affects.
6.   Lauren Bender at 07:12 PM on 10/29/2015
We do not need new boundaries. What we need is to send the students that do not actually live in Weston back to their home school. That would ensure the class size would be met by actual Weston taxpayer families like myself.
7.   kevin mancino at 07:30 PM on 10/29/2015
As to the change marked B for cypress bay students. I feel this is very unfair to the home owners and students in this section of Weston. Their are a lot of homes closer to the school the the section. As to the home owners they will lose a lot of property value do to this change. They live in Weston so there kids should be aloud to stay in Weston to go to school.They pay a lot of money for this.
8.   L. Head at 09:04 PM on 10/29/2015
This apparently is being done to shuffle around students so they can attend Cypress Bay. They are moving out students who will still need to be bused to the new location. There is no benefit to the students being transferred to Western. The parents who want to be rezoned, should have to resort to reassignment procedures, not sacrificing others for the benefit of their own. Why should communities be divided ?
9.   Stephen Bender at 01:11 PM on 10/30/2015
I strongly, strongly, strongly disagree with this proposal. It has no impact on class size. It has no impact on bussing since the bus will have to go to the Lakes subdivision anyway. It splits the Lakes community. The Cameron Lake subdivision is not a separate subdivision, it is part of the larger Lakes division. This affect is not listed in the Neighborhood Integrity Impact statement above, totally ignores that the Lakes subdivision will be split. Completely splits a neighborhood, the Lakes subdivision. If we're not careful, this can be done in any subdivision or sub-sub division, as Cameron Lake is. We moved into this subdivision almost 15 years ago with Cypress Bay as our target high school, choosing this area on purpose. This plan rips that away from us to give what we planned and struggle for to another area, not even in Weston. That is a complete disgrace and a terrible idea as I'm sure many other families in this subdivision chose it for the same reason. It will reduce the property values in a sub section of a subdivision as why will people want to move into the only section that does not attend Cypress. Who will repay us for lost property value? This proposal moves kids that live in Weston to a school not in Weston and kids that do not live in Weston to a Weston school. That is a ridiculous idea. As stated before, we chose Weston for the schools, saved, fought, worked hard to earn the right to attend these fabulous schools and now this proposal wants to strip us of what we built and earned. As I write this comment, it angers me more and more that this even can be considered. This is the government run amok. Taking from people who have earned the right to attend this school and giving it to people who have not. Further, the proposal changes natural boundaries, the straight line boundaries behind the Lakes subdivision and Griffin Road. Why are these changes even being considered? It carves up a Weston neighborhood and also carves up a SWR neighborhood as per the neighborhood integrity impact. It is stated above that kids will walk to school. It is a pretty long walk and I contest that most kids will be driven to school, thereby increasing traffic around school and causing delays on the roadways. In conclusion, I strongly disagree with this terrible idea and implore the board to strike it from consideration. Leave Cypress Bay alone for Weston kids and families who have chosen to live in this wonderful City and have paid a premium for the right to live here. Do not take away from us what we have struggled to earn for our children.
10.   David Salbe at 02:32 PM on 11/1/2015
What right does Alma have to even make this suggestion? Why don't you check the student population and see how many kids that go to Cypress that in reality do not belong. I live in Weston as well as pay taxes, therefore I have more rights to send my child to Cypress over some in Davie or SW Ranches. Where does Alma live and what incentive is bringing this up?
if this were to ever come to reality, be prepared for a long drawn out battle
11.   Timothy A. Welch at 10:56 PM on 11/1/2015
I oppose this Community Proposal. It makes no sense to remove this central Weston subdivision from the Cypress Bay HS district and relocate it to the Western HS district. Many of the families living in the Lakes (as we do) planned, selected and purchased our homes in this neighborhood as a conscious decision with the expectation our children would attend Weston Schools. With in 10th grade, and another in 8th grade and both performing extremely well we have no desire for this change and will attend the hearing to strongly protest any consideration of this proposal by the Broward County School Board.
12.   Humberto Viana at 09:53 PM on 11/2/2015

I am against this C5 proposal for the following reasons:

1) While there is no significant School Proximity Impact to Cameron Lakes residents, the proposal states that many students from the new/proposed area would be able to walk to Cypress Bay. This scenario would put them crossing Griffin Rd. where there is not currently a reduced speed/school zone. This situation alone warrants requiring traffic impact studies and approvals by Broward County Traffic Engineering prior to giving further consideration to this proposal.

2) The Neighborhood Integrity Impact to The Lakes Community clearly exists. Currently, all Lakes residents go to the same HS (Cypress). Admittedly, the proposal would also divide communities within the proposed new area. The proposed change affects Neighborhood Integrity on both fronts.

3) Proposal fails to recognize the Natural Barrier Impact to the new proposed area south of Griffin. If approved, students would have to cross Griffin Rd. and the South New River Canal. As it pertains to Cameron Lakes, students would have to cross a greater number of major roads (as defined by the map legend) to get to Western HS. Cameron students can alternatively use State Highway 84 to get to Western, however, it would be foolish to induce inexperienced high school drivers to utilize major highways that they currently do not have as an option for their daily commute to/from school. Please think about student and public safety. My kids drive to school and so do many others.

4) The proposal admittedly recognizes that there would be no Enrollment Impact, therefore, there is no benefit. This would just become a change to favor students currently properly served by West Broward and make incumbent students relocate. Does the proponent have sufficient reasons, specifically as they pertain to the recognized criteria, to warrant their leaving West Broward at the expense of displacing Cameron Lakes residents?

In conclusion, the detriment to students from Cameron Lakes far outweigh any potential benefits to the students from the new/proposed area south of Griffin.

6.   Alma Gonzalez at 01:29 PM on 11/5/2015
To address some of your concerns The area being proposed was originally part of Cypress Bay boundary. The students attended Manateebay home school boundary. They then went to Falcon Cove Middle and then went to Cypress Bay High until three years ago when the boundaries were changed. So the feeder patterns were disrupted and students that have been together in Weston schools since Kindergarten were forced into other schools. As to property values being decreased for the school assigned how does that apply to this? Western High is an A rated school with several top rated programs. The area for the proposed move is already in close proximity to the Western boundary. While I do concur that there are several students attending Cypress that should not be due to address that is not the issue being discussed. To those that say your child will be separated from friends that is what we have experienced already. Having attend Elementary and Middle school together and separated in high school. As to what right do I have my children have been attending Weston schools since 2005 and three years ago boundaries were changed that did not consider the school feeder patterns. What right does any parent have to strive for education for their student based on proximity to the school? If the boundary is approved the students would have bus access. Students would not need to cross Griffin road. The argument for State road 84 could be made for the students that need to pass Cypress Bay and travel West on Griffin road to US 27 to get to school so yes safety is an issue for these students as well. As for the enrollment the change will lesson the amount of students because more are being moved into to Western High than are being enrolled into Cypress Bay. Please feel free to leave more concerns I will try to address them.
7.   John E. Aleman at 09:10 AM on 11/6/2015

Good morning to all members of the committee reviewing these comments.

I am a homeowner in Weston and live directly in the affected area proposed.
I have reviewed this proposal and find it absurd. To think that someone would submit such boundary changes is a complete waste of tax payer's money and time and not to mention extremely dangerous. Homeowners that purchased their homes in Weston did so to have their children attend schools within Weston. We have paid a premium to live here and we have been taxed accordingly. Many of us have lived in Weston for over 20+ years. Our children have been educated together since Pre-K and have attended Weston Schools since. We expect them to continue on to Weston high schools as well. On the converse, the proposal submitted is suggesting that children now be able to walk to school from Southwest Ranches. Across Griffen Road!!?? I hope you plan on posting emergency personnel at intersections.
Please do the right thing and place this proposal where it belongs... In the garbage.
We will be monitoring the situation.
Thank you,
John Aleman,
Concerned parent, Voter and tax payer.

8.   Stephen Jones at 12:41 PM on 11/8/2015
To anyone reading and Alma who took the time to calculate the number of kids living in Cameron equals those in her proposed move.....
This propsal is as crazy a proposal as anyone could come up with. To draw out an area of 3-4 blocks of houses within a single subdivision and remove these kids for the sole purpose of accomplishing the same thing in another community is nuts! I live in WESTON....I pay taxes in WESTON....my police and fire are from WESTON. I moved into Cameron 14 years ago for the sole purpose of my kids attending Weston schools. Western High might be an A school but sorry it is NOT Cypress Bay...rated as one of the top 100 high schools in America. Alma stated that "their" kids were moved because of boundaries/realignment and now proposes to do the exact same thing. Sorry but Griffin road qualifies as a boundary to the north. I am so positive that the Cameron community will do everything in it's power up to and including getting lawyers invovled to stop this madness. Come tell my Cypress Bay sophmore, sorry but you are now bussed to Western because you live in Cameron but your friends who live in the same subdivision 1 block away can continue to go to Cypress. To whom....fight to make your school better for your kids and leave our kids, subdivion and community alone. And lastly, take the time to come the Lakes and find Cameron and see how completely disruptive this proposal is.
9.   Debbie Geller at 01:34 PM on 11/8/2015
When my family searched for homes, we purchased in The Lakes because it was zoned for Cypress Bay. To move students, with NO IMPACT on enrollment, from one subdivision makes no sense. It will not save money as buses will still have to pick up students from the Lakes. Our son just graduated from Cypress and our daughter is a Junior now. The education at Cypress is first class and that is why we purchased our home here. As an educator, I KNOW the impact of moving students and this proposal will negatively impact students.
10.   Carmen Dommar at 11:28 PM on 11/8/2015
I think that instead of this nonsense idea, all weston schools should ask for a valid proof of residency each every year. It is a lot of new children every year but is the same amount of houses, something is happening.
Weston high school should be for Weston residents including the ones living in Bonaventure, then if there is space we can consider the idea of to accept children from other cities.
11.   Stephen Bender at 01:03 PM on 11/10/2015

These comments are in rebuttal to the comments made by Alma Gonzalez in her attempt to address the comments below as follows:

1. It is not appropriate to redistrict your children back to Weston schools at the expense of children living in Weston. Ms. Gonzalez complains about her children being split from peers then proposes to create a split feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle whose students currently all attend West Broward. How can Ms. Gonzalez justify creating a split feeder pattern and complain about split feeder patterns at the same time?

2. Ms. Gonzalez claims in her comments that the students would have bus access. I believe that to be untrue. Bus access is granted for those 2 or more miles away. This SWR area is within 2 miles and bussing would not be granted. Her proposals states that the children could walk. I believe this is a ridiculous notion. Most of these kids would be driven or would drive to school creating more congestion around the school.

3. Ms. Gonzalez claims in her comments that the change would lessen student enrollment but the proposal states no impact on class size. Which is it, Ms. Gonzalez?

4. Ms. Gonzalez, while you do have the right to strive for the best education for your children, what right do you have to deny that education for my children?

5. As far as your proposal's affect on property values, I believe that you are very incorrect. See most of the responses to this proposal regarding this issue. Your proposal singles out only a subsection an entire subdivision. This will have an immediate impact on property values as why would anyone choose Cameron Lake when they can choose the other four "lakes" within the same subdivision.

Stated again, this proposal is completely flawed:

1. No impact on class size.
2. No impact on bussing.
3. Neighborhood Integrity Impact: Divides communities in SWR and the Lakes subdivision.
4. Natural Barrier Impact: None listed but the proposal crosses a canal and Griffin Road for the SWR area and crosses lakes and a canal for the impact on the Lakes.
5. Moves children from Weston to a Davie school and children from SWR to Weston.
6. Creates a split feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle that does not currently exist.
7. School Proximity Impact: Implies students would walk to school but to do so they would have to cross Griffin road.

Once again, I implore the committee to strike down this proposal as it presents no benefit to the communities. The only benefit gained by this proposal is to the proposer.

12.   Amy McGraw at 02:34 PM on 11/10/2015
Cypress Bay is a highly rated school - I moved into my subdivision specifically so my daughter could attend Cypress Bay. Property values also depend on access to that highly rated school as well so I would hate for everything we've worked for to specifically go to a school could be thrown away. My daughter graduated but I depend on those values of our home and would like to see the boundaries maintained specifically as they relate to Weston Lakes subdivisions.
Thank you,
Amy McGraw
13.   Alexandra Arce at 02:41 PM on 11/10/2015
I live in the affected Cameron Lakes area, I find no logical reason to single out this subdivision within this large community. The boundaries seem to benefit students that don't live in Weston, which believe me, there are many of them!!! We have bought our houses and paid taxes in this city to be able to benefit from the schools in the City. The only high school for Weston is Cypress. You have to think about the students that are currently attending Cypress and how this is going to affect them. Not having the same friends and activities as their neighbors makes no sense to me at all. Not to mention the drop on the home value that will accompany this measure. I am sure the whole community will fight this to the end.
14.   Frank Filippelli at 02:45 PM on 11/10/2015

To whom it may concern,

the reason I purchased my home in The Lakes subdivision was for the schools my children would attend. Although, this boundary change would nor effect my child now, I feel this would just be the beginning of boundary changes for The Lakes.

The fact that this change would even be considered for any of us who live in The lakes is ridiculous.

15.   Peter Medina at 02:47 PM on 11/10/2015

Our household is against changing what is already working for the following reasons:

Class Size Impact – Cypress Bay is already at capacity. Why move students from West Broward, which is below capacity and has a much lower total enrollment. At same time this move increases class sizes and total enrollment at Western. So it is not NEUTRAL as represented.

Level of Service Impact – This move potentially creates concurrency issues at Western since you are ADDING students. It has a NEGATIVE impact. It is NOT neutral as portrayed.

Enrollment Impact – Yes this move reduces West Broward enrollment and negatively impacts Westerns total enrollment

Feeder Pattern Impact – It does not make sense to split the feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle School. The current setup allows for 100% to attend West Broward High, which was built specifically for the communities South of Griffin Road and the adjacent canal. Why unnecessarily split-up a school community that is 100% for West Broward.

School Proximity Impact – Applicant claims students will be able to walk to school. This raises concerns for student safety as there are no proper sidewalks in these communities. Students will be walking in the streets rather than riding a bus. They will also have to cross 4 lane Griffin Road and the adjacent canal.

Neighborhood Integrity – The applicant's proposal did not mention that their proposal also divides The Weston Lakes community in addition to those mentioned (Christies Ranches, Griffin 345, Westfield Estates and Country Acres). The current boundary does NOT divide any of these communities. Why divide when you can have unity.

Natural Barrier Impact - YES there is barrier impact. The proposal will unnecessarily put students in harm's way by having to cross 4 lane Griffin Road and the adjacent canal. Students will also be navigating secondary roads without sidewalks.

West Broward (A rated) was built and opened in 2008 to relieve the problems the applicant is attempting to recreate with their proposal. Better to leave well enough alone.

Sincerely,

Peter and Debbie Medina, City of Weston and Weston Lakes Residents

16.   Beth Swanson at 03:13 PM on 11/10/2015
My son is an ESE student, plays football and is flourishing at Cypress Bay. He has never done well in school until this very year. He gets the help and services he needs without fail. All his friends that he has grown up with since Kindergarten all attend Cypress. We have been a resident of The Lakes since 1999, the very reason I moved here was because of the schools! It would be detrimental to my son's education to switch schools. We have had opportunities to move and have declined so that my son will be able to attend Cypress Bay High. Please Please Please take these types of things into consideration with this proposal. I am sure this affects many others students as well. It is not in the best interest of these students! I don't see how this would benefit any way! Thank you.
17.   Santiago Carrillo at 03:31 PM on 11/10/2015
Doesn't make ANY sense. Why zone A? There is another section right to Zone A that would have the same 'benefit' of moving. Clearly someone that thinks their life is more important than others'. How is it that the Neighborhood Integrity Impact section doesn't mention the impact on The Lakes Community? How convenient. So not only the proposal breaks the integrity of several SWR communities, but also Weston communities, just because some students might (very unlikely) walk to school crossing an important road such as Griffin Rd. All at the expense of important impact reasons detailed on these comments.
18.   Bernardo Martinez at 03:52 PM on 11/10/2015
I belive that new boundaries are not going to make a difference in class size. What we need is to send the students that do not actually live in Weston back to their home school beacause many of the Cypress bay students do not actually live in the boundaries.
19.   Kathy Astley at 04:12 PM on 11/10/2015
As a Weston taxpayer, students who live in the city of Weston should attend Weston schools. That's a major reason why we moved here. Taking a subdivision as Cameron Lake out of the The Lakes community to ship students to a school the rest of the students in the neighborhood do not attend is absurd. Students who do not reside in the City of Weston should not attend Weston schools period. Distance to Weston schools for non Weston residents should not be a consideration. Weston residency must be the determining factor for school boundaries.
20.   Sharon Birnbaum at 04:14 PM on 11/10/2015
My children went from k-12 in weston schools (Eagle Point, Tequesta, Cypress Bay). During those years, I was very involved in both SAC and SAF at all three schools. I attended numerous boundary meetings and always attempted to fight for what was fair, regardless of the consequences to my own children. This proposal is an obvious attempt to just make one group "happy" at another's expense. Right or wrong, the boundaries were drawn with much thought. There were never any very good options. This proposal is probably the worst idea I have seen over the years. You do not remove a small portion of a sub-division just to allow certain kids to go to a school that they deem more desirable. Unless the school board is going to redraw boundaries across the county to relieve overcrowding, Cypress Bay's boundaries should be left alone. This proposal is ridiculous!
21.   Alina Gutierrez at 04:30 PM on 11/10/2015
Hello, with al mu respect, I live in Weston (the old Bonaventure) I pay the taxes to the city of Weston, and I think I paid the taxes for school too, and my son now graduated from Western high, couldn't go to the Cypress Bay, and I think and is my right to ask why they have to change everything there is no right to do such thing
22.   A. Wolk at 04:42 PM on 11/10/2015

Obviously Alma Gonzalez has self-serving motives and no doubt, does not reside in Weston! The parents who live in Weston and paid a premium to live in Weston, including paying higher property taxes, chose Weston in order to attend Weston schools!

If Alma Gonzalez wants her children or her friends' children to attend a particular high school, then Ms. Gonzalez and her friends should purchase a new house and pay the property taxes accordingly!

Additionally, the Lakes neighborhood is closer to Cypress Bay than North Lakes and the Falls, so if you are concerned with students and the proximity to schools, the students who live in the The Lakes should be attending Cypress Bay!

23.   Luis Lopez at 05:31 PM on 11/10/2015

It does not make any sense this change. People bought houses in Weston (in the affected areas) for their kids to attend Cypress Bay. You should respect the current boundaries, so you do not affect families in the community.

Please keep the current boundaries as they are.

24.   Sofia Zuniga at 05:52 PM on 11/10/2015
Instead of changing boundaries you should take a better look at real place of residence of many students attending Weston Schools. The schools are crowded because of many kids coming from outside the boundaries. Changing the boundaries will affect the prices of many houses, which homeowners paid a premium for just for being able to attend these schools. I strongly disagree with this rezoning, and if getting votes is what counts for piliticians, adopting this proposal will only be against it because Weston community strongly refuses it.
25.   Laura Davies at 06:19 PM on 11/10/2015

To Whom it may concern.

1.)We moved to Weston with my husband's job 3 years ago. We chose Weston over Miami, Doral and Pembroke and Davie %100 because of the great schools. If our boundaries are changed we will have to move. We are currently paying $10,000 to the City of Weston in property taxes, this is a lot of money for us, but we see it as an investment in our children's education. There is no point paying this money into Weston if we do not have access to the school we were boundaried into when we moved house.

2.)I am very concerned that the area that is being added is outside Weston. If you are planning to add any additional areas, it should be the few Weston communities and Bonaventure that are already part of the town. The Ranches may be geographically fairly close, but they are not part of Weston and are not paying into Weston. Cypress Bay was built to provide education to children of families living in Weston. If we had wanted to go to school in Davie, we could have bought a cheaper house with lower property taxes in Davie. It seems to me that certain parties who live South of Griffin road, i.e.:outside Weston,are using their influence to push the school board into making a move which makes no geographical sense.

3.) We want our children to go to school with their peers from Tequesta Trace Middle school. I disagree with filtering in a small number of children from a third middle school, when some children from Tequesta are being sent to Western High School.

4.)We are also very concerned about our future property value, this move will have a huge impact on our future sale potential.

5.) When we moved house I went to a school board boundary meeting, I believe it was 2 or 2 1/2 years ago. There was no mention of these changes at this point, I left the meeting feeling that no changes were pending. this move seems very preemptive and has taken me completely by surprise.

6.) Finally, there are many children attending Cypress Bay who do NOT live in Weston, who have found a loophole in order to be able to attend (my daughter is currently at Cypress Bay and confirms this). Please consider verifying students who should not be attending, before you exclude students who have every right to attend.

Thank you so much for reading and considering my views, Laura Davies de Pacheco

26.   Nicolas Romero at 06:30 PM on 11/10/2015
The negative impact on home values for The Lakes community should be taken into account. Instead of changing boundaries an effort to avoid enrollment from kids that do not live in the area but come from Pembroke Pines or sunrise needs to be priority one.
27.   Manuel Valdivieso at 07:31 PM on 11/10/2015

This proposal, though veiled in the best interests of the community, appears to be nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the rules and boundaries established by our elected officials in order to advance the personal goals of one individual.

A preliminary search of the Broward County Property Rolls did not reveal any Alma Gonzalez as a property owner in the City of Weston. Rather, there is an Alma Gonzalez who owns a property in the City of Hallandale Beach. There appears to be a standing issue and this proposal by Ms Gonzalez must fail as she is not an interested party. To the extent Ms. Gonzalez wishes to effectuate change in school boundaries, perhaps her efforts are better served within the City of Hallandale Beach.

Assuming Ms. Gonzalez is able to show standing to bring this proposal, the proposed district lines fail to achieve any of the alleged goals of this proposal, save the personal interests of one individual. The proposed district lines are drawn by a gerrymander with the most zeal, creativity and self-serving impact in the history of this country.

As mentioned in earlier posts, the property tax implications from this proposed change will create a much bigger burden for the City of Weston and Broward County than appeasing the anarchy proposed by Ms. Gonzalez. We, as others whom could be effected by this proposal, purchased property knowing which schools their children would be attending, from Elementary through High School. We, as informed citizens and property owners, have the ability to know what we are getting ourselves into at the time of purchase. As so eloquently discussed by my peers who are the vast majority, should Ms. Gonzalez wish her children to attend the same school, perhaps she should move her brood to accomplish that goal.

The bottom line is this proposal is being advanced by one person to serve her individual and self serving needs, under the guise of addressing class size and other political hot buttons. The proposal is not supported by any legitimate community interest or need and must fail.

28.   mike lichty at 07:36 PM on 11/10/2015
Would you be willing to have your own neighborhood's boundaries changed from Cypress Bay to Western? Why single out The Lakes for such a change? Our homes were marketed with Cypress Bay as the high school. We bought there knowing that. It would be a major disruption for the kids to change schools. Our property values will decrease with a boundary change. Please reconsider this proposal.
29.   Rebecca Neuman at 07:38 PM on 11/10/2015
Not acceptable to any homeowner in the proposed territories! This will effect property values in a negative manner. I suggest re evaluating the consequences first.
Children will be sent to a school where they don't know anyone. They have enough stress let alone this change.
Look to people renting or living here illegally before tearing up communities and bring bringing down property values. There are many children residing elsewhere and using a family member's address in Weston to attend our schools.
30.   Lakes Resident at 07:44 PM on 11/10/2015
It has nothing to do with meeting class size. Cypress only has 4 classes out of compliance while Western has over 30.
31.   michael lichty at 09:26 PM on 11/10/2015
I strongly oppose this boundary change. I have lived in the lakes for 21 years. There is no way this change should have any chance of passing. As a resident of weston for 21 years my two children have attended cypress bay high school. The change in boundary will lead to a costly litigation between the residence of this city.
32.   Beth Goodrick at 09:41 PM on 11/10/2015
The issue here is about the criteria by which geographic boundaries for Cypress Bay should be determined. Weston is part of a county based school system so residents of Weston have no more or less claim on schools within our city. We do not pay more school district taxes to be able to have our children attend these schools. The district has stated that one criteria for determining boundaries is neighborhood integrity. By this standard, the proposed revision of boundaries misses the mark. It breaks up two neighborhoods—one in the proposed boundary change south of Griffin which would be divided between West Broward High (where all students currently attend) and Cypress Bay. The proposal also calls for one part of The Lakes (Cameron Lake) to be redistricted to Western High School while the other four parts of The Lakes subdivision (Hampton, Verona, Fairfax, and Somerset) attend Cypress Bay, violating the principle of neighborhood integrity. The current boundaries are far more reasonable in this regard. Griffin Road is a natural boundary for Cypress Bay. The proposal takes a part of a subdivision in the middle of the city and sends its students to a different high school than the rest of the subdivision. One can only presume that this part of the proposal is based on the fact that Cameron Lake has approximately the same number of students as those in the current West Broward High area in question
33.   Claudia Suarez - Valencia at 09:44 PM on 11/10/2015
We completely disagree with this proposal. Deciding to live in this city for 13 years and be part of The Lakes community, we find this intention as a complete unfair proposal based in all our contributions. We have been part of this community not only as strong taxpayers, but as room parents, volunteers, school board supporters, and most of all as parents encouraging our child to give back to the community as same as he has achieved high standards of performance and education. He has made a difference in the community where he has been since elementary years. How we explain that after all we have done as family and his proud effort to represent his elementary, middle school and currently Cypress Bay, he has to be and we have to be out from our own neighbors and school ?. In a community with great integrity for the wonderful families who invest in our children's education, it makes no sense and it is a complete frustration that one person has the intention to single out a division without knowing the real facts, people, students and parents. As a family, we have built everything with Weston schools. So, as parents the right decision has been always to pay taxes to the school and community we are in, we are part of and we have been contributing not in a passive way but always being available for anything school staff needs since elementary years. Sure, we will be at the hearing. It's just absurd and we strongly disagree with the statement of this proposal. For our son who has been working so hard at being the kind of excellent student he is, separating him from his friends amounts to bullying his goals and dreams. For us, who live and share daily life in the school and community, Cypress couldn't be more proud with the kids that live in this division, somehow, we could say all these kids have excellent standards which come from the families who with hard work, pay for taxes that support our Weston schools. The boundaries of this proposal can't be over the expenses of families like the ones I am blessed to know and like mine who with a right conscious mind decided to live and pay for helping to build the community we have and to help the history of Cypress with our participation and hard work.
34.   Leonard Miller at 10:02 PM on 11/10/2015
Before you start carving up Weston neighborhoods to make room in classrooms an audit should be done of the students that attend Cypress Bay to verify they live within the boundaries. This proposal will unfairly separate students who attended Weston Middle and Elementary schools into another district. We moved to Weston for the school district and to start cutting and carving makes no sense. Our kids had to attend a temporary site for Cypress and now you are eliminating Cypress Bay entirely? This proposal makes no sense.
35.   Gail Hallett Cousin at 10:32 PM on 11/10/2015
I am strongly in favor of keeping the community of The Lakes in the Cypress Bay High School district. I have one Cypress student and my youngest is expecting to be a Cypress student in the 2016/2017 school year. It does not make sense to divide a community into two different high schools. It would have a very negative impact on the children who have attended the same schools for years to be separated at this crucial time in their lives.
36.   Juan Carlos Sierra at 10:59 PM on 11/10/2015

We are against proposal C5.
As Realtors, my wife and I see firsthand the reasons people buy in Weston Lakes. One of those reasons is that The Lakes development is located in a district with well ranked schools, and specifically it is located in the Cypress Bay High School district. Indeed, we purchased our home in this development precisely because it was, and it is, zoned to attend Cypress Bay High School.

If Proposal C5 were to pass it would:
• Negatively impacts the real estate demand for purchasing a house and living in The Lakes development.
• Negatively affects The Lakes development properties value,
• Negatively affects the quality of education we expect for our daughter: Cypress Bay High School is ranked #16 by the State of Florida while Western High School is ranked #60.
• Divide the community and force our children to readapt to a different environment with different classmates, and separate them from their friends.
• When my wife and I moved to the Weston Lakes community, we were willing to pay Weston's taxation, so our kids were to attend Weston's schools: Cypress Bay High School.

Passing proposal C5 would be catastrophic for the return of investment of present homeowners, would weaken property values, and would create a chaos to families living in the lakes community whose kids are expecting to attend Weston's High school.

Juan and Azenet Sierra, Weston Lakes residents.

37.   Carlos Quinones at 11:07 PM on 11/10/2015
This is absurd. Excluding one community due to benefits others is unacceptable. The Lakes is Weston and Cypress Bay is our school. Let's dedicate our energy in ideas to make our school the best in the country. Mrs. Gonzalez proposal is doesn't benefit our kids in no ways. We have to think in ourkids. What is the agenda behind this idea. Please lets be more productive and careful in making decisions affecting families and children. Ms. Gonzalez as a tax payer for the Weston community I oppose to your proposal.
38.   Joidee goodwill at 01:39 AM on 11/11/2015
This is completely unfair. I went to sagemont upper school for 9th and 10th grade. I was going to be able to go to cypress for 11th and 12th grade. But the school would not let me go because it was over capacity due boundary change because the annex closed. I had to go to western high school and it was a horrible expiernce the kids there from Davie hated the fact that "Weston" kids where going there I got bullied and so did several people. We even went to the school board about this and no one would recognize I ended in being there until December when I decided to drop out and get homeschooled. Why just Cameron lake? I have lived here since I was 6 months old in the same house. My sister is 11 years younger then me and she's going into school I do not want her dreams and discouragement and what she worked so hard all her life to get good grades like I did to, to fly out the window due to this boundary proposal! This is not fair at all. North lakes and the falls are further away from cypress so why just Cameron lake??? Something needs to be done please speak up. I do not want the same thing that happened to me to happened to my sister and my daughter. My sister was raised as well in the same house all her life my mom bought this house when the neighborhood was still getting built even before cypress was a school. Please have justice because this is completely UN FAIR!
39.   Florencia Cornu at 01:51 AM on 11/11/2015
I think this is a very bad idea. My kids are not affected but I think that those who live in Weston should be able to attend a school in Weston.Schools are the main reason why people moves to Weston.
40.   Donald Moser at 06:33 AM on 11/11/2015
This is without question the most ridiculous proposal I have ever seen. Splitting up a neighborhood with no sond reason is simply stupid.
41.   Sergio Elbaum at 10:15 AM on 11/11/2015
Instead of changing the boundaries why don't you take out the kids that don't belong in cypress, there are plenty of kids who are not zoned for cypress who still attend, this is absolutely ridiculous
42.   David Navarro at 10:29 AM on 11/11/2015
I strongly disagree with this proposal. Leaving a subdivision from The Lakes out of the zoning for Cypress Bay HS makes no sense, and it's unacceptable! Is the whole The Lakes community next? These are Weston residents that pay higher taxes, sometimes just to attend schools in Weston. Nothing wrong with Western, but we chose to live in Weston and paid a premium to send our kids to Weston schools, Cypress Bay in particular. It is not acceptable that this proposal also takes students from other places to Cypress Bay, why? Proximity should not be the determining factor, it's all about the natural zoning that is divided by a major road and most importantly that they are not Weston residents. Also, can you imagine the emotional impact for the sudents? Not an easy move when you are a Jr. or senior! What about the impact for the Lakes community? Also not good, it divides a community.
Instead of all of these nonsense proposals, efforts should be allocated to validate each year Weston residency to Cypress Bay.
43.   Lissel Fernandez at 10:44 AM on 11/11/2015
This proposal moves children from Weston to a Davie school and children from SWR to Weston. Weston residents should go to Weston schools. That is why we've purchased homes here. How unfair to divide our community in Weston and specifically in the lakes. Agree with the above comment that proof of residency should be done once a year. This is totally unacceptable. Is this because SWR is more affluent that Cameron Lake?
44.   Luis Nunes at 10:53 AM on 11/11/2015

I can't see the map.I click and it says it was removed.
Can it please be posted again?

45.   Joe Ankus at 11:32 AM on 11/11/2015
We have carefully reviewed this proposal and cannot find ANY merit in it whatsoever. I don't understand the motivation behind the proposal and the lack of clarity in the proponent's email response. On behalf of our family, we are vehemently opposed to any changes that affect the Lakes and we also agree that Cypress Bay MUST verify addresses of all students to confirm that they are, in fact, eligible to attend. That alone may solve the problem. Thank you.
46.   Aiyana Eggart at 11:39 AM on 11/11/2015
It's not fair to make students that are already attending Cypress Bay High School go to Western because they've already adjusted to Cypress and making them go to a different school after they've already finished a year at another makes zero sense. Weston is a nice place to live if you're actually going to schools that are in Weston. This proposal makes as much sense as going to Tallahassee to buy groceries. It would honestly make more sense to build another high school in Weston than make kids that live in Weston go to a school out of Weston.
47.   Mana Oken at 12:28 PM on 11/11/2015
School Board Boundaries are always a sensitive issue. The
School Board set a precedence when the original boundaries were created. From the onset, Cypress Bay was over crowded and Western under enrolled. Since the goal of the boundary changes will not reduce enrollment at Cypress, I do NOT understand the logic of dividing a gated community. Sending high schoolers in Cameron Lakes to Western High while their neighbors attend Cypress will split their friendships forever. High school should be the best time with all the activities and with all of their friends. Reconsider this portion of your zoning!
48.   Christine Viscovich at 01:01 PM on 11/11/2015

Pete and Debbie Medina's comments are so on the mark I am repeating them, with one addition to the level of service:

Our household is against changing what is already working for the following reasons:

Class Size Impact – Cypress Bay is already at capacity. Why move students from West Broward, which is below capacity and has a much lower total enrollment. At same time this move increases class sizes and total enrollment at Western. So it is not NEUTRAL as represented.

Level of Service Impact – This move potentially creates concurrency issues at Western since you are ADDING students. It has a NEGATIVE impact. It is NOT neutral as portrayed and will have a NEGATIVE effect on any student being moved out of Cypress Bay.

Enrollment Impact – Yes this move reduces West Broward enrollment and negatively impacts Western's total enrollment

Feeder Pattern Impact – It does not make sense to split the feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle School. The current setup allows for 100% to attend West Broward High, which was built specifically for the communities South of Griffin Road and the adjacent canal. Why unnecessarily split-up a school community that is 100% for West Broward?

School Proximity Impact – Applicant claims students will be able to walk to school. This raises concerns for student safety as there are no proper sidewalks in these communities. Students will be walking in the streets rather than riding a bus. They will also have to cross 4 lane Griffin Road and the adjacent canal.

Neighborhood Integrity – The applicant's proposal did not mention that their proposal also divides The Weston Lakes community in addition to those mentioned (Christies Ranches, Griffin 345, Westfield Estates and Country Acres). The current boundary does NOT divide any of these communities. Why divide when you can have unity?

Natural Barrier Impact - YES there is barrier impact. The proposal will unnecessarily put students in harm's way by having to cross 4 lane Griffin Road and the adjacent canal. Students will also be navigating secondary roads without sidewalks.

West Broward (A rated) was built and opened in 2008 to relieve the problems the applicant is attempting to recreate with their proposal. Better to leave well enough alone.

49.   Rossana Hoyos at 01:04 PM on 11/11/2015
Strongly disagree with this proposal. My children will not be affected but I have family and friends living in The Lakes that have children attending High School in the future. Many chose this community because of the ability to attend Cypress HS and they are also paying Weston's taxes. This should not be allowed. Which communities will be affected next? This will just be the beginning....
50.   Alexander Logan at 01:53 PM on 11/11/2015
We know of at least one family living in Weston with relatives in Hialiah who drive their children to Weston daily to attend Weston schools.
One can only speculate about the number of children attending Weston schools that are NOT Weston residents. How about performing an audit to curtail these abuses BEFORE you turn the lives of OUR children upside down and hammer our property values?
51.   John Virginio at 02:05 PM on 11/11/2015
I have lived in Weston since 1993. Long before there was a Cypress High School or any community south of South Post road. It is inconceivable to me that any Weston community would not be served by a school located in town. This proposal stinks and I will be sure to stimulate my neighbors to respond.
52.   Enrique Kopetman at 02:17 PM on 11/11/2015
This change will greatly affect the very reason I purchased my home so that my kids could specifically attend Cypress Bay High School. My property value will also be unfairly affected. As the property value decreases this change will definitely impact the integrity of the neighborhood.
53.   Jacque Spinosi at 03:06 PM on 11/11/2015
I feel we are singled out in my community to drop our housing values. It is ridiculous if you look at Weston as a whole and you only pick out Cameron Lakes from the whole of the Lakes Community or North Lakes decide randomly that we should bus our children to Davie. I am strongly against this proposal.
54.   Kim Reiser at 03:39 PM on 11/11/2015

Ms. Gomez,

With all due respect, I find your submitted community proposal C5 showing nothing but absolute disregard for those who get directly impacted by it the most, even more so than the property owners themselves and that's the children of Weston who are currently enrolled at Cypress Bay HS. As a mother yourself, I am deeply sadden that you did not put the current Cypress Bay students' welfare at the forefront of your decision making. Though Western is rated an "A" school, Western's school environment is volatile and extremely less desirable; a huge downgrade from the strong, close-knit community of Cypress Bay. This I know as I have several friends with children who currently attend Western and my own two children who currently attend Cypress. I have also experienced firsthand interactions on numerous occasions at various sporting events. I've sat in the bleachers with the students at games versus each other and I've watched and experienced the animosity between both sides. They are huge rivals and have been since the inception of Cypress Bay HS. As a direct result of your proposal, I can't imagine being a student athlete for Cypress and then having to play for Western the next season. I hope you fully understand the negative impact this could have on a child. The ridicule and the social media taunting you may never know about, but it will exist and it will have a strong ability to negatively effect an adolescent both socially and psychologically, as well as academically and emotionally. Whether it only be a few students in your eyes, it is still a few too many as no child should fall victim to your proposal. So I ask you this, despite the obvious homeowner's property value being at risk here,...why in the world would you ever want to put a child's welfare at risk?

As a side note, I do not live in Cameron Lakes, but I was moved enough to share with you my thoughts and feelings and assist you with realizing what you truly are proposing. You will cause more harm than good. For the children of Weston, please reconsider.

55.   Bill Gomez at 04:03 PM on 11/11/2015
We have lived in Cameron Lake since it was built in 1993 and before Cypress Bay High School existed. Western High School is a step down from Cypress Bay and will greatly impact our property values. It is an unfair decision to exclude our subdivision from amenities intended for Weston.
56.   Liz Jenkins at 04:50 PM on 11/11/2015

Students attending Cypress Bay improperly (for example those who are falsely using someone else's address) should be expelled from Cypress Bay. This would make room for the SW ranches neighborhood to be added without kicking out existing neighborhoods.

Cameron Lake homeowners paid a premium to buy homes because of the schools and the proximity of the schools. Because we paid a premium for our homes, we also pay higher taxes.

To take one section (Cameron) of one development (The Lakes) in the heart of Weston, and require those children to separated out from all of their friends and bussed to Davie is nonsensical and mean spirited.

Remove those students who are improperly attending Cypress Bay. Then there will be more room for the SW ranches children. Do not arbitrarily kick out children from one section, of one neighborhood, in Weston. That is nonsensical and mean spirited, and from a transportation perspective, probably unfeasible anyway. Have you even looked at busing, and transportation for after school activities, for this extremely small group of students? The proposal makes no sense.

57.   Charles Romestant at 04:51 PM on 11/11/2015
As many others I purchased my home in Weston so that my child attends cypress bay. I commute to coral gables every day for this. This rezoning would impact the property prices and would honestly render my sacrifices moot. It does not make any sense as it seems to be jus a " screw others to benefit me policy" . In essence taking out Weston kids to give a spot to ranches kids. Why not try to increase cypress bay's resources so that they can accommodate more kids !!
58.   Claudia Suárez - Valencia at 05:01 PM on 11/11/2015
We completely disagree with this proposal. Deciding to live in this city for 13 years and be part of The Lakes community, we find this intention as a complete unfair proposal based in all our contributions. We have been part of this community not only as strong taxpayers, but as room parents, volunteers, school board supporters, and most of all as parents encouraging our child to give back to the community as same as he has achieved high standards of performance and education. He has made a difference in the community where he has been since elementary years. How we explain that after all we have done as family and his proud effort to represent his elementary, middle school and currently Cypress Bay, he has to be and we have to be out from our own neighbors and school ?. In a community with great integrity for the wonderful families who invest in our children's education, it makes no sense and it is a complete frustration that one person has the intention to single out a division without knowing the real facts, people, students and parents. As a family, we have built everything with Weston schools. So, as parents the right decision has been always to pay taxes to the school and community we are in, we are part of and we have been contributing not in a passive way but always being available for anything school staff needs since elementary years. Sure, we will be at the hearing. It's just absurd and we strongly disagree with the statement of this proposal. For our son who has been working so hard at being the kind of excellent student he is, separating him from his friends amounts to bullying his goals and dreams. For us, who live and share daily life in the school and community, Cypress couldn't be more proud with the kids that live in this division, somehow, we could say all these kids have excellent standards which come from the families who with hard work, pay for taxes that support our Weston schools. The boundaries of this proposal can't be over the expenses of families like the ones I am blessed to know and like mine who with a right conscious mind decided to live and pay for helping to build the community we have and to help the history of Cypress with our participation and hard work.
59.   Carol Mendell at 05:02 PM on 11/11/2015

Although I no longer have children in the public schools I find this displacement of children from The Lakes a very bad idea. These children have spent 9-10 years going to school with their neighbors and now you want to separate them and send them to a school in Davie !

Secondly, these families purchased homes in WESTON so that their children could attend the schools in WESTON!!!

If I may inquire - how many members on this committee live in SW ranches? This decision is definitely not in the best interest of these displaced students!!!!!!!!!

60.   Luis Soto at 05:28 PM on 11/11/2015
I strongly disagree with this proposal.
Obviously the 'community members' who submitted such school boundary proposal are NOT Weston residents. I can only guess that behind all their reasoning, the objective is to benefit from the quality of education offered by OUR schools.
If anyone desires the Weston lifestyle, then buy a property in Weston and pay the fees associated with your decision. Otherwise you will be robbing their residents.
61.   Yesi S. at 05:28 PM on 11/11/2015
Dear Board, to echo the sentiment of my fellow neighbors in the Weston Lakes community, the Cameron Lakes subdivision and Weston taxpayers, I am completely against this boundary change proposal. I chose to live in Weston and not SW Ranches because of its family community feel and schools- Cypress Bay being a big part of it- and reviewed the school zoning carefully before purchasing our home. The proposed rezoning is unreasonable, unfair to Weston tax payers and abruptly disrupts the cohesiveness of our community, the vey foundation Weston was built on. As other concerned parents and Weston tax payers have expressed, I urge you to look into whether the students currently attending Cypress Bay really belong there instead of making school proximity rants from residents of neighboring cities a priority.
62.   Lori Burke at 05:48 PM on 11/11/2015

We strongly disagree with 2016-17 Boundary Proposal No. C5. We purchased our home in The Lakes in Weston just 2 years ago so that our children would be able to attend Weston elementary, middle and high schools.

If Boundary Proposal No. C5 has no impact on Cypress Bay enrollment -- the larger issue in question -- then what is the does this proposal have? Why displace a group of Weston citizens in order to give favor to a group of homes in Southwest Ranches (SWR)?

By making this change, not only would you be separating students in Weston from their friends and neighbors, but this proposal would do the same to the selected neighborhood in SWR.

Reiterating some important points made by other Weston residents,

Cass Size Impact – This proposal moderately increases class size and enrollment at Western. West Broward, which is already under capacity, will lose enrollment with this plan.

Level of Service Impact – This proposal increases enrollment at Western while reducing enrollment at West Broward that which is already under capacity.

Enrollment Impact – If this proposal doesn't impact the enrollment issues at Cypress Bay, then the point of this proposal is simply to favor a few SWR neighborhoods so that they can attend Weston schools.

Feeder Pattern Impact – What is the purpose to split a successful feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle School to West Broward?

School Proximity Impact – Proposal claims students can walk to school -- with lack of proper sidewalks and crossing a 4-lane intersection at rush hour?

Neighborhood Integrity – The proposal divides the Weston Lakes community in addition to several SWR communities mentioned in proposal.

Natural Barrier Impact - The proposal will encourage students to cross Griffin Road - 4 lanes of traffic and the canal area. Busy intersection; no sidewalks.

My understanding is that there are many students attending Weston schools who do not meet the residential requirements for living in Weston. If the real issue is to address school capacity, then if families aren't actually meeting the requirements, isn't that where we need to start to control enrollment?

Burke family, City of Weston and Weston Lakes Residents

63.   William Kent at 06:11 PM on 11/11/2015

Weston residents should have priority over Weston!!

We pay taxes over the assessed values of our areas.

I moved to this area of Weston, because Cypress Bay High, NOT Western High, was the School assigned.

I would have NOT buy a property in this area if that were not the case.

It is unfair for us to pay more taxes and residents of other areas have access to our BETTER schools.

I will fight this nonsense proposal to the end.

64.   Gustavo Tonini at 06:31 PM on 11/11/2015
The main reason I bought a home in The Lakes is to send my kids to the Cypress. If I want to send them to another school should be a decision that I should take freely, not by this proposal. I think our community will fight against this un-logical proposal that affect our children lives and the value of our properties.
I trust that better alternatives to this proposal can be found like the ones I was reading in the messages below (for example to limit the attendance to the Weston schools to the Weston residents, which is more logical to the sense of community and respect to the tax payers)
I hope that this proposal will not be accepted by the authorities
thanks and regards
Gustavo TOnini
65.   David Lopez at 06:57 PM on 11/11/2015
To the District-
First, we are very disappointed in you for accepting Proposal C5 for consideration. It clearly is designed to create comfort for some while seriously impacting innocent bystanders. Why is this burden placed in our hands? Why do we have to now take time from our busy lives to fight this nonsense?
Our household votes AGAINST proposal C5. We echo the arguments made by others here with an emphasis on the following reasons:
1. Impact on the children: This proposal creates a SPLIT FEEDER PATTERN for the Cameron subdivision and those in area A. Kids would be separated from their elementary and middle school classmates for high school.
2. Impact on the households: If accepted, the proposal would create an economic burden on Cameron homeowners by decreasing property values.
We will join our community to stop this selfish proposal which was planned with a very narrow field of view.
Thank you,
Concerned parents and The Lakes homeowners
66.   Cherie Gavsie at 07:38 PM on 11/11/2015
Not only do I vehemently oppose the proposal introduced, but I am saddened by the selfishness and thoughtlessness behind the actions of one non-Weston community member to initiate the consideration of rezoning. As a mother, I understand the desire to act in the best interest of your children. However, carving out a niche of Weston (whom by the way, pay taxes to support Weston schools) to cater to the children outside of the boundary is plainly selfish. Why should Alma and her neighbors benefit from Cypress Bay, while her other neighbors across the street cannot? The current boundaries, (even though not perfect), are in place and designed for those living in Weston. Zoning to include those living in Bonaventure are far more entitled to attend Cypress Bay than those clearly living outside of Weston, even if you live across the street.
67.   Yariv and Orly Har at 07:42 PM on 11/11/2015
We are absolutely against this proposal. It doesn't even seem legal. We bought our home in Weston so that our kids will go to school in Weston. We are paying property taxes that include Weston schools and we expect our kids to go to Weston schools. There are too many non-Weston residents going to Cypress Bay high that do not live in Weston and do not pay the taxes we are paying. These are the students that need to be re-zoned and placed back in the schools in the city in which they live. Every person in the City of Weston is entitled to the same rights equally and unconditionally. This is a form of random segregation that is absurd to even be an issue considering the amount of money we all pay for our homes and property to be residents of the same city.
68.   Stephanie Bescherelle at 08:00 PM on 11/11/2015
We have bought a house in Weston to take benefit of its great schools. Moving our neighborhood to Western High School would have a very negative impact on the value of the houses. It would also have a bad impact on children who have gone together to elementary and Middle school and who will have to go to different high schools. And finally, it is outraging to hear all the cases of kids going to Cypress Bay and not living in its official boundaries. The school should REALLY control the addresses and clean the lists instead of pushing away students who have the right to come to that school.
69.   Danny Bender at 08:19 PM on 11/11/2015
As a Cypress Bay student, I am very concerned about this proposal. This is my second year attending this school, and I feel it would be very disruptful if I were forced to change schools at this point in my academic career. It is inexcusable to give up my spot at this school so that another student at a different school in a different city can take my place. I have worked very hard, and feel I deserve to remain at Cypress Bay. I urge the committee to vote no on proposal C5 for the sake of all the Cypress Bay students that live in The Lakes.
70.   Abe Laeser at 09:14 PM on 11/11/2015
Are you actually considering the gerrymandering of the "Lakes" community by making believe that the clear demarcation at Saddle Club makes less sense than it always has? How would moving the children to a distant school, far from their school peers solve any population issue; particularly when other students [from south of Griffin Road] will be imported. Therefore, to solve population issues MORE children are being brought in to push out the children from the Lakes community. Did some important person move so that their child needs to be transferred? Very little else would make sense as the hidden motive behind this foolish effort to justify the obviously strange trade-off of local schools for local children; only to be supplanted by moving the 'others'. Perhaps Cypress Bay is a superior school. Maybe that it why we paid more for our properties. We like the idea of spending more so our children attend better schools. I am willing to wager that soon all of the Lakes will mysteriously move to another school zone. Who wants to be voted out of office when that day comes? That is our only remedy for lost value of our homesteads - would you agree?
71.   Yoonki Park at 09:49 PM on 11/11/2015
I believe that this proposal is a very bad idea. As a long-time resident of Weston, I'm having trouble understanding the logic behind forcing Cameron Lake to Western High School (IN DAVIE) while parts of Davie are allowed to be a part of Cypress Bay High School's (IN WESTON) zone. Many families invested their life savings into homes in Weston in order to raise their children with education in mind. Is there some other agenda involved in this plan to randomly bring a sub-division from another city into our school zone while sacrificing one of our own sub-divisions? I don't see how any resident of Cameron Lake would be okay with this proposal. Also, EVERY homeowner in Cameron Lakes – like their fellow Weston citizens – has been paying a premium to be able to provide these conditions for their children as well as to maintain their home property value.
72.   Rodolfo & Doris Wolniewitz at 10:30 PM on 11/11/2015

This household urges the School Board to withdraw this proposal - before it is otherwise stricken down by the affected communities- as it is CLEARLY AND SIMPLY NOT in the best interest of the Community, for the reasons already expressed above and those herein.

We moved to Weston in 2003 because we wanted our kids to attend Weston schools. (Like many families affected by this proposal). For that reason we not only paid a premium when we purchased our house, but we have also been paying premium taxes for 12 years to the city of Weston.

Kids who live in Weston should be able to attend Weston schools. Kids, whose parents pay premium taxes in Weston, should be able to attend Weston schools. Parents of Children who live in Weston, and vote to elect officials, should not have to explain this to anyone.

For some reason, home values in The Lakes subdivision are already lower compared to other subdivisions like Weston Hills, The Landings, The Islands and others, and this proposal will destroy our values further; yet our taxes are the same.

Instead of proposing such an absurd change of boundaries, you should use that energy and efforts to make sure that all the kids attending Weston schools are actually living in Weston or are supposed to be attending school in Weston. We all know this is not the case!

It is true that our subdivision and our community would be divided by this proposal, and this will be only the beginning for further boundary changes. Therefore, such a precedent can and should not be accepted.

Since this proposal is evidently pushing a private agenda -there is no other explanation for such a senseless proposition- it should be eliminated without further consideration and delay.

Thank you,

Sincerely,
Concerned parents, Weston homeowners, taxpayers and voters.

73.   Doretta Maciel at 11:01 PM on 11/11/2015
Please reject this proposal. I am aware that Broward County School District does not necessarily define school boundaries according to city boundaries, but they should be preserved whenever possible, especially when we are talking about dividing up a sub-division within a community, where homeowners with children make their choices according to school boundaries.
I can understand why parents on the immediate south of Griffin Road would want their kids going to Cypress, but aside from the problem of capacity, there is a natural boundary of the canal and street. I furthermore believe that Silver Trail Middle should continue to feed wholly into West Broward. Do not change the boundaries according to this proposal.
74.   Kimberly Lorenzo at 12:01 AM on 11/12/2015
As parents and residents of Cameron Lake in Weston, we strongly disagree with the boundary changes proposed by Alma Gonzalez.
Residents of Weston have never been excluded from attending schools in Weston. We have all bought our homes and become members of this community on the premise that our children would attend schools in Weston.
All the changes that have been made to Weston school boundaries have always included Weston residents, which is sensible. What is not sensible is to propose plucking out the students in one small Weston community in the Lakes and replacing them with students from a community outside the city of Weston and outside current school boundaries.
It is a well-known fact that those who wish for their children to attend Weston Schools, choose to be residents of Weston.
It is disgraceful to suggest the exclusion of one small neighborhood in Weston to include a neighborhood outside of Weston for self-serving purposes.
We urge the board to recognize the absurdity of this proposal and keep the subdivision of Cameron Lake within the school boundaries of Cypress Bay High School.
75.   Allison Reveiz at 08:20 AM on 11/12/2015
This idea is absolutely unfair. I have been in The Lakes for 12 years now and have 2 older kids in Cypress right now and 2 at Eagle Point if this would have happened 5 years ago my daughter and her best friend since K would have been separated as well as my son from his best friend . Why would anyone want to divide a community and separate kids who have been going to school together their whole life? We moved to Weston for the schools and stay in Weston for the schools what you are suggesting is unfair and we are totally against this proposal.
76.   Georgina Deschner at 08:51 AM on 11/12/2015
I don't agreed with the proposal to change boundaries if we live in Weston our kids have to go to Weston Schools. When Weston ask for my vote to improve our schools and race Taxes I vote yes. Now you are trying to live out my child is not acceptable. Not just that the prices of my community will be affected and just for unfair reasons.
77.   George Levie at 08:58 AM on 11/12/2015
We strongly oppose this proposal as we live in the neighborhood for the benefit of being in the Cypress Bay boundary, In addition this proposal will put our property value in the The Lakes at risk.
78.   Niall Porter at 09:42 AM on 11/12/2015

In addition to the many valid objections already voiced which we support, we would like to add the following:
1. Per the text of the actual proposal, what is the net benefit of this proposal? Class Size Impact: No Improvement. Diversity: No Improvement. Enrollment Impact: No Improvement. IF BSB is going to make changes (any changes), shouldn't those changes result in a definitive & substantive improvement in the operation of the school, the services provided or the population served? If BSB has the time, the money & the energy, please address the problem of students that are not resident within the boundary. I'm sure that initiative would have the wholehearted support of all residents.
2. It appears the proposer takes issue with a redistricting change from 3 years ago. Surely the time to fight that change was then & not now? Did you contest it then? If yes, why was your objection rejected? If no, why not? If the proposer believes that this kind of change was unfair / incorrect then, why is it appropriate now? In fact the current proposal would impose the same type of change on two sets of students. Two wrongs make a right?
3. What kind of precedent does this set for boundaries in general going forward? Cherry picking individual communities to exclude/include at a whim without regard for natural boundaries is a recipe for chaos. Imagine the patchwork quilt that the City of Weston will become as individual communities (or unbelievably, individual neighborhoods within communities as is the case here) are forced in & out of various school catchment areas … annually?
4. The proposer and any BSB members considering this proposal should take some time to observe traffic at the Griffin Rd / Bonaventure intersection at ~ 7am & ~3pm on any average school day. A major investment would be required to accommodate this traffic and I don't know if it can be made safe, no matter how much is spent.
5. The cold fact of the matter is that the folks that have chosen to live in the Cameron Lake community have paid & continue to pay a premium because of the schools that we all thought our kids would be attending. My family has been here for 16 years. We made a conscious long term decision to live here because of the schools and we have made timely payment on all of our dues for all of those 16 years even though our eldest only started attending CBHS last year. Allowing this proposal would not only be a cruel & unacceptable "bait & switch" for existing residents but also a chilling message to prospective residents considering the City of Weston as a potential home for their families – pay a premium for your home & pay taxes to support great schools but when your kids are school age, they may end up in some other random school - TBD. That's a pretty expensive lottery ticket.

We respectfully request that BSB rejects this proposal at its earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Niall & Lefteria Porter.

79.   Jamie Comer at 09:49 AM on 11/12/2015
I moved to the Lakes neighborhood for the Weston schools. I think that it is truly unfair to single out one subdivision in the neighborhood to be reassigned to Western High School. If any neighborhood should be reassigned, it should be neighborhoods that are closer to Western, not this one where all of the neighboring subdivisions and neighborhoods would be going to Cypress. How can you single out one subdivision of a neighborhood? Where did this logic come from? Why the Lakes? If anything, students that are currently going to Country Isles should be reassigned to Western. They are closer to the school then the lakes neighborhood is. This has caused an outrage and my family is truly upset that we moved to Weston for the Weston schools and now this might be compromised. There is just no reason for this and the possibility of having to move again to ensure we get the school we originally moved out here for is truly upsetting. Thank you for your time.
80.   MOHD KHOURMA at 11:16 AM on 11/12/2015
Reference: Proposal No. C5.
I second all the valuable, just, and rational comments made by neighbors at Weston Lakes. My understanding, to put forth a change is to offer a better state than the current one. I see that the damage this proposed change will do, if considered, is beyond and far more than the good it will do, if any.
81.   Tom Tiberio at 11:42 AM on 11/12/2015

Response to Boundary Proposal No. C5

To be fair, I truly understand why a parent would want their child to attend Cypress Bay HS.

However, so do I. As a parent, I moved my family to The Lakes because of the outstanding schools in Weston. The entire community pays Weston taxes and should attend Weston schools. I have a radical idea; create a four year plan for verification of residency beginning with the incoming freshmen next year.

I am not talking about verifying residency with a water bill, I mean Driver's License, Voter's Registration Card, and a utility bill. Try actually enforcing the rules and you will reduce the overpopulation at Cypress Bay. That should be done at every school in Weston. There has been no discernible growth in residential housing for years in Weston. So, how is the population of every school in the City growing above its capacity? Those families who actually follow the rules and who actually live in the boundaries for Weston schools or Cypress Bay will have no problem with a process.

If you actually enforce the rules and remove those that are not residing Weston, you might actually be able to include the children that live in Weston but are currently sent to Western High School, in the Town of Davie. If I wanted my children to attend Davie Schools, I would have moved there in the first place.

Let's not abandon Common Sense! Vote this proposal down!

82.   Rik Escobero at 12:02 PM on 11/12/2015
If you live within the Weston city limits, then Cypress Bay. If you don't live in Weston, those children should attend the closest non-Weston high school for your location. Period. Makes no sense that Bonaventure Lakes should have to attend a school in Davie.
83.   Michelle Foreman at 12:27 PM on 11/12/2015
As a Weston taxpayer and resident of the Cameron Div., I feel this proposed boundary change is absurd and I am strongly against it. Send those students attending Cypress Bay who do not reside within Weston back to their home school. If they want rezoning have them go through reassignment procedures like everyone else. How do you single out one subdivision within The Lakes community? That just does not make any sense what so ever. I purchased my home in Weston so my child could attend Weston schools. This proposed action does not improve our community.
84.   Jeff Fitzgerald at 12:44 PM on 11/12/2015
I can't believe we are even having this conversation! Who is Alma Gonzalez? What power does she have?
85.   Libo Wu at 01:02 PM on 11/12/2015
I do not agree with the proposal. It does not make any sense to swap a very small section of communities for high school. If this proposal is approved, it will set an awful precedent for proposal like this and setup a chain reaction to fight for cypress bay high between communities by swapping school boundary. More and more proposals like this will be proposed if this one gets approved and it will set chaos to current balanced school district system.
86.   Yurong Bu at 01:13 PM on 11/12/2015
We do not need new boundaries.We purchased our house because we were in cypress bay district.
87.   Baixuan Zhu at 01:28 PM on 11/12/2015
This proposal does not make any sense. Why randomly selecting only a small port of a community and move them out of cypress bay high without any proper justification? Does this mean in the future any comparable community can exchange school at will as long as the impact on enrollment is neutral as described in this proposal???
88.   Frances Conway at 01:38 PM on 11/12/2015
This proposal is extremely unfair to Weston homeowners. I purchased my home in Weston (despite the high price and taxes), so that my children can attend Cypress and I could feel assured my property value was secure. Alma Gonzalez states that Western high school is an A rated school and suggests its as good as Cypress, which is NOT TRUE. Cypress is ranked #16 by the state of Florida, while Western is ranked #60!!!!!!!!
89.   Peter Moore at 02:08 PM on 11/12/2015
I have lived in Cameron Lakes, Weston for 15 years! We bought in Weston for Weston schools! Cameron Lakes is one of five subdivisions in the Weston Lakes community. The proposal that Alma Gonzalez proposes is outrageous! If she wants her kids to go to Weston schools she should have bought a house in Weston. No doubt this proposal is based on the road closures in Southwest Ranches or the fatal accident in Dec. 2013 of another SW Ranches resident or maybe both reasons are in play here. Cameron Lakes kids should not become the victim(s) of a roadway disagreement between SW Ranches and Pembroke Pines! This proposed change will also have an adverse effect on property values in our community! Proposal No. C5 should be disapproved!
90.   Mary Haslam at 03:38 PM on 11/12/2015
As a resident of Cameron Lakes this proposal makes NO sense at all. I have witnessed students who live in the other Lakes neighborhoods working on projects, homework, fund raisers, community projects, etc. with students living in Cameron Lakes. This would DIVIDE the entire Lakes community. Students who live in Weston should go to Weston schools from elementary level through high school.
91.   Barry Katz at 03:43 PM on 11/12/2015
I do not want these changes. I feel it would effect the value of our houses in the Lakes division. People with children who want to buy houses in Weston would take this into consideration
92.   ouri kahn at 04:13 PM on 11/12/2015

How come this matter is even proposed????

Dividing a GATED COMMUNITY of only 400+ homes into 2 different schools?

Just the fact that we are spending tax payers money and time on this is ridiculous.

Why don't we start spending time and money checking and making sure that the current students do actually belong to Cypress?

Why don't we hire someone to check ID's, leases, utility bills etc to make sure they are real, legal and non fraudulent!

Why doesn't the city of Weston browses the internet and put a stop to "I rent room" in Weston?

Weston kids BELONG to Cypress.

Where is the scene of community?

93.   Candy Norton at 04:21 PM on 11/12/2015

It does not make sense to carve out a small section of a subdivision - this will end up costing more money. One example, You would have two sets of buses coming to the same sub division to transfer students to two different schools, twice a day. Just that alone will cost the count quite a bit.

Also, our community is in closer proximity to Cypress Bay then we are to Western- it would make more sense to leave the boundaries as is or pull from the east side of Western High.

94.   David Powell at 05:40 PM on 11/12/2015
I wish to express my firm disagreement with the 2016-17 Boundary Proposal No. C5.
When my family relocated to Broward County 11 years ago, I made a decision to purchase a home in Weston based on criteria which included High School Zoning.
I have accepted, over this period of time, the additional cost associated with this decision. As a taxpayer and a resident of Weston Lakes, I strongly oppose this proposal to re-zone children from my community.
I echo the sentiments expressed by many of the other concerned citizens who have voiced their opnions here.
95.   Steven Villanueva at 05:40 PM on 11/12/2015
I concur with all of the opinions except for Ms Gonzalez. Weston schools should be designated for people that live within the Weston community. Anyone outside this community including Southwest Ranches should purchase a residence in Weston and pay the premium and property taxes. Please keep the boundaries as they are for the benefit of our entire community.
96.   Samantha Rassner at 09:24 PM on 11/12/2015
I completely oppose this proposal on multiple fronts. First, I bought my property in The Lakes specifically for the school zoning - the impact on my family and property values is unacceptable. Second, the arguments for this proposal are obviously baseless and a shallow attempt to cover favoritism and bias. The singling out of the specific neighborhood is suspicious and the intent should be investigated. The arguments for travel and transportation are completely negated by the resulting impact of the further travel of the residents of The Lakes who now have double the distance to travel. Furthermore, the specific neighborhood noted for inclusion is also neglecting to note the impact to the surrounding areas. Additionally, The Lakes is one of the foundational communities of Weston - originally built in 1993, The Lakes were Weston before almost all others. To intentionally exclude The Lakes from the Weston is like cutting the heart out of the community. Above all, this proposal is so thinly veiled attempt at favoritism and of an individual's attempt to bend the community to their personal benefit, it is repulsive.
97.   Samantha Rassner at 09:51 PM on 11/12/2015
Here is a much simpler solution for Ms. Gonzalez: do what everyone else has done that wants to be in the Weston school zone - buy a house in school zone, pay the extra for the real estate like the rest of us, pay the higher school taxes like the rest of us... not that hard now, is it?
98.   Nicole Valdivieso at 10:04 PM on 11/12/2015

As a parent and homeowner in Cameron Lakes, I strongly oppose school boundary proposal C5. This proposal results in the impermissible, arbitrary redistricting of a small section of a unitary Weston neighborhood out of a Weston school, so that a small, illogical section of Southwest Ranch students can be placed in a Weston high school. Proposal C5 is the result of a single community member outside of Weston attempting to place a random selection of Southwest Ranch students in a Weston school, while removing Weston students from a Weston school to reach a self-serving, impermissible goal.

Proposal C5 fails to satisfy the requisite factors necessary to establish a need for such an extreme and completely unnecessary boundary change. In fact, proposal C5 admittedly fails in its "impact on class size" and the "level of service impact" as it notes that Cypress Bay is at its capacity and moving students into the area may result in those same students being moved back out of the district. Proposal C5 also admittedly fails on its "feeder pattern impact." It creates a split feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle. Currently the middle school is at the desired goal of 100% feeder pattern for matriculation to its respective high school, West Broward. Proposal C5 destroys the ideal 100 % feeder pattern for the middle school for absolutely no valid reason.

Proposal C5 fails in its "neighborhood integrity impact." Proposal C5 clearly identifies at least four neighborhoods that it is dividing between two schools. Proposal C5 does not mention that it also will destroy the neighborhood integrity for The Lakes neighborhood in Weston. Proposal C5 suggests to redistrict a small section of The Lakes neighborhood, namely Cameron Lakes. The Lakes neighborhood is a unitary neighborhood with one home owner association, one playground, one pool, one elementary school, one middle school and one high school for all of The Lakes, of which Cameron Lakes is a part. There is no basis for destroying the neighborhood integrity for such an arbitrary proposal that does not advance any critical needs of the students nor the schools.

Proposal C5 is completely arbitrary and is not necessitated by student population growth. This proposal merely removes Weston students from a Weston school, so that Southwest Ranch Students may attend the Weston school. This is simply impermissible. The families in Weston are here for the wonderful schools. We indirectly pay for such schools through an increased property value. We provide additional support directly to these schools through fundraising donations and volunteer hours. Indiscriminate redistricting to remove Weston students from Weston schools for such arbitrary reasons should not even be considered. Proposal C5 should not be recommended, nor presented to the Broward School Board.

99.   Qing Wu at 10:07 PM on 11/12/2015
This proposal is unfair to the kids living in the Lakes!
Just because they live in a smaller house so they have to go Weston High, and the students live in larger home can take their place in cypress bay?! You should know some parents bought their house just because of their kids can go to Cypress bay? And it is feasible for the school bus to serve a small partial of a community. Keep everything as it is please!
100.   Min wu at 10:07 PM on 11/12/2015
This proposal make no sense at all:
1) The rationale for this proposal is that the school boundary shall be decided by the closest distance to the school. This is conflict to that Cypress Bay high school should serve residence of Weston.
2) West Broward high school has 2712 students, Western high school has 3120 students. There is no reason to decrease the number of student of west high and increase the number students of western high school.
3). This proposal does not provide a good reason why B is selected to move out of boundary of Cypress High school. B does not have the longest distance to Cypress high school, and B is not closest to Western high school in Cypress high school boundary.
101.   Rachel Virginio at 10:51 PM on 11/12/2015
Proposed changes most often are always followed by emotions. It is important in these circumstances that all information, research and facts be carefully examined.
-Enrollment Impact: Typically boundaries are accessed and changes are proposed in order to solve problems in regards to enrollment, capacity and FISH numbers. If a boundary change will not have an impact and/or keep these numbers neutral the proposed boundary changes should be deemed ineffective and mute.
-Feeder Patterns: Feeder Pattern for Silver Trail Middle is currently 100% to West Broward High. This proposal will create a split feeder pattern for Silver Trail Middle to Cypress Bay High and West Broward. If a split feeder pattern can be avoided, it should be.
-Neighborhood Integrity Impact: Multiple communities that are currently not divided will be divided if the proposal is approved. (5 communities; Christie's Ranches, Griffin 345, Westfield Estates, Country Acres and The Lakes) This can have a negative impact on student friendships, car-pooling, busing and other transportation AND home values. Boundary lines through out the county do not currently divide communities nor should it ever.
-School Proximity Impact: Although travel distance for some students would decrease, it would not be safe
Many parents throughout the county wish they could send their children to the public school of their choice. School ratings, proximity, programs and friendships are just some of the numerous reasons parents have for wanting specific schools for their children. It is unfortunate when all students residing in a specific city can not attend the school within that city due to enrollment, however when and if enrollment and capacity become available, I believe the majority of community members would agree, that those spots should first go to residents within the city limits who were relocated due to a previous boundary change.
During the 2007-2008 school year Cypress Bay High was consequently named the most populous high school within the United States. It was at this time that school boundary changes were made. West Broward High School was constructed and opened in 2008 to relieve overcrowding at nearby schools such as Everglades High School and Cypress Bay High School. Students should not be moved out of that school when their enrollment is at an estimated total of 2725 while Cypress Bay is at an estimated total of 4416.
The boundaries need to be upheld unless changes would provide more benefits rather than negative or neutral change. The proposed boundary changes would create abnormal boundaries, pluck out subdivisions, divide neighborhoods, create split feeder patterns within schools that currently do not have split feeder patterns, cause students to cross major roads while having no impact on class size, level of service, enrollment, diversity and capacity. There seems to be absolutely no benefit gained from the proposed boundary proposal and should not be approved.
102.   Dan Smith at 09:07 AM on 11/13/2015

Hooboy! So let me get this straight...The proposal is to disrupt the normal path of our kids who all went to middle school together and ship them off to a different high school than their friends attend who live just a few houses away, all because someone wants their kid to have the OPTION of walking to a school that is geographically close?

Everyone knows that most kids in high school rarely walk anywhere today, especially when it's 95 degrees out and we have consistent scattered showers throughout the day.

Folks, this is just a ruse to get someone's kid into a perceived better school by creating a personal loophole, all at the expense of other kids whose parents paid for their right to go to that school by buying a house in the proper district.

If the proposing neighborhood really wants to get their kids into Cypress Bay, then they should be willing to 1. pool up their funds to send the high school kids in Cameron Lakes to the private school of their choice, 2.Buy a house in Weston like everyone else, or 3. compensate for the change in property values when the word gets out.

Sounds like a lawsuit in the making if you ask me, all because a few entitled people want someone else to accommodate their kids who hate bus rides. Let's disrupt hundreds of families/residences/properties all because of a perceived/unverified inconvenience of a mild commute to a school.

Brilliant.

103.   Luis Nunes at 09:46 AM on 11/13/2015

I strongly disagree with the proposal.
Let me start with some facts, extracted from the US News 2015 Florida High School Ranking:
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/florida/rankings?name=&schooltypepublic=y&state=fl

> Cypress Bay (Weston):
Ranked as #15. Including Public, Charter and Magnet Schools.
Ranked as #4 for Public Schools
Student-Teacher Rate: 23:1
Total Enrollment: 4375

> Western High (Davie):
Ranked as #80 overall. Including Public, Charter and Magnet Schools.
Ranked as #33 for Public Schools
Student-Teacher Rate: 23:1
Total Enrollment: 3121

> West Broward High (Pembroke Pines):
Ranked as #71 overall. Including Public, Charter and Magnet Schools.
Ranked as #30 for Public Schools
Student-Teacher Rate: 22:1
Total Enrollment: 2704

When comparing to all Ranked Florida Public High Schools, a 23:1 student-teacher rate is the 3rd highest rate in the state. That clearly explains the consequence of having 6 elementary, 2 middle and 1 high school in Weston. It is a bottle neck scenario.

The proposal is to move students from Cypress to Western, both at 23:1 and from West Broward (22:1, with less students) to Cypress. It is hard to understand the logic...

This change smells like the 1st of a series, given the terrible bottle neck scenario of having only one high school in Weston and we also have the Botaniko Community being built with 125 new single family homes. What if they decide to go to Western High in Davie ??? (which is their area)

As a common sense, a family that moves to Weston is willing to pay higher value for the property, taxes, etc and the quality of the public schools is one, if not the main aspect to have into consideration. If this change is approved, the property values WILL HAVE IMPACT because the ranking is very clear and it is a guidance for the real state market.

104.   hamed Daghi Sorkhabi at 10:06 AM on 11/13/2015
The proposed redistricting is one of the most DISTURBING and UNFORTUNATE news I have heard since moving to Weston. It is sad to see how this proposed redistricting will negatively affect our children education by forcing them to go from a school which is ranked #16 by the state of Florida to a school which is ranked #60. I have purchased two properties in the lakes community (one located in Cameron) simply because of cypress bay district. I find this proposal extremely disappointing and God forbid if proposed redistricting passes, I will seriously consider moving out of Florida. This proposed redistricting is destroying my faith that Weston will be a place to invest and grow families. This proposed redistricting will be fought heavily not to save the children who are in The Lakes community but all Weston residents. If this proposed redistricting is allowed, what guarantee will be there for all residence that the same will not happen to them? How could you choose a city to grow your family where there is no protection or value given to the most critical part of each family's life which is quality of Education??? This is a question for responsible parties to answer to Weston residents….
This proposed redistricting is destroying peoples trust and faith in Weston. Please protect our trust. Please protect the quality of our children's education. Please stop this proposed redistricting which will be destroying our children's education….
We do not need new boundaries. What we need is to send the students that do not actually live in Weston back to their home school. That would ensure the class size would be met by actual Weston taxpayer families …I assure you that this will be heavily fought by the entire community…
105.   Carmen Uzategui at 10:17 AM on 11/13/2015
Please dismiss this proposal. All of us have paid a premium for our homes because of the proximity of our Community to top rated schools and it was zoned for our children to attend Cypress Bay High School. Please consider these to attend this HS it offers a lot of curriculum classes for our children and their education is our main concern. Thank you for your attention.
106.   Victor F. Alvarez at 10:27 AM on 11/13/2015
Please consider not to pass this proposal. It will affect our children in their education, Cypress Bay is ranked 16 in the State of Florida while Western HS is ranked 60. Please consider this, we want our children to be in better school. Thank you for your time.
107.   Robert Fried at 10:49 AM on 11/13/2015
This proposal is completely unacceptable and unfair. As A member of Cameron Lakes I fully disagree with this proposal. 1st it will alienate the kids who are already in HS sending them to another school. Taking away the kids friends in HS can lead to property disturbances due to unruly kids acting out against the change. Additionally you are sending the kids to a school district that is not as highly rated. This will have a direct financial impact on our property value. I specifically bought my house because of the school district, knowing that my resale value would stay high. Should this proposal go forward you are going to instantly drop the value of not only Cameron lakes but All of the Lakes development as well. Furthermore if this passes, then the next zoning committee will remove even more of the lakes putting our community into a downward spiral.
108.   Robert Fried at 10:50 AM on 11/13/2015

This proposal is completely unacceptable and unfair. As A member of Cameron Lakes I fully disagree with this proposal. 1st it will alienate the kids who are already in HS sending them to another school. Taking away the kids friends in HS can lead to property disturbances due to unruly kids acting out against the change. Additionally you are sending the kids to a school district that is not as highly rated. This will have a direct financial impact on our property value. I specifically bought my house because of the school district, knowing that my resale value would stay high. Should this proposal go forward you are going to instantly drop the value of not only Cameron lakes but All of the Lakes development as well. Furthermore if this passes, then the next zoning committee will remove even more of the lakes putting our community into a downward spiral.

Lastly Weston taxpayers pay for weston schools. If our schools are overpopulated then southwest ranches should send their kids to schools that they are paying for.

109.   Katy Syed at 12:27 PM on 11/13/2015
STRONGLY AGAINST this proposal is what I would like to say, for the following reasons, which echo many of the comments and make some other points.
* The only ones to be informed of the proposed changes were families with students who would be affected. No notice was given to the taxpayers whose property values would decline, or the City of Weston, or the HOA, or the property manager - all of whom could have been conduits of communication. Relying on resident activism is unacceptable and undemocratic. Informing the public and taxpayers at the 11th hour, when the public hearings are announced, is insufficient and suggests a process that is not transparent or inclusive - defeating the whole notion of "democratizing" the process of boundary change, as the School Board must have had in mind when this idea for individual proposal suggestion was introduced.
* The proposal defies economic or geographic logic. One neighborhood, Cameron Lakes, within a subdivision, would be arbitrarily singled out to bear the brunt of the economic loss of property values. The added burden of bussing students from the same geographic area (The Lakes) to two different schools would be burdensome; this at a time when teachers are asking parents to contribute school supplies and students are required to attend class in substandard portable buildings.
*This process needs to be revisited and amended. Allowing one single individual to make proposed changes on behalf of one single student invites the possibility of corruption; who's to stop an individual from singling out an entire population of students in neighborhood because they have a grudge against someone in that neighborhood...The Demographics & Student Enrollment Department will assist the individual proposing the changes, but if the individual is already aware of the map changes they would want, they are free to propose it. It would be more fair and democratic, and less of a burden on the community, if a certain number of signatures were required in order to suggest a specific change. This is how grassroots change is affected at higher levels of government and is a good model for the School Board's future.
110.   Monica Capelluto at 12:40 PM on 11/13/2015
Separate one part of a neighborhood and allocate kids to a different boundary has not sense. This is totally capricious. I would like to know who on the staff or consultants working with the schoolboard presented this proposal. This looks like a solution to a personal issue.
111.   Hector V. Ramirez at 01:49 PM on 11/13/2015

I write as a concerned parent to advise of my grave concerns and objections to Proposal No. C5. We are residents of Cameron Lakes, a division of The Lakes community, which is being thoughtlessly zoned out of Cypress Bay High School. This proposal will deprive my children and other children of the Weston community with an education with their peers. My family moved to Weston with the express concern for our children's education and with the expectation and entitlement that our residency and payment of high taxes would ensure our children would receive the education we sought out and sacrificed for. For over 11 years our family has paid Weston taxes and have otherwise financially contributed to Weston schools for the benefit of our children and ultimate benefit of Weston. My children have gone to elementary school and middle school with the peers from Weston and particularly the community of Cameron Lakes. It is in their best interest that they continue to complete their education in High School at Cypress Bay with these peers. To expect that our children now leave their community, leave their friends, and go to a school in another city just makes no sense and is an unwarranted deprivation. As I understand it, another area will be moved in our stead resulting in an unjust benefit to the new area and a severe loss to our area. If we wanted our children to attend Western High School, we would have moved to Davie. Only callous indifference would allow the conclusion that it is reasonable that the families of Cameron Lakes, who have met their obligations under the social contract with Weston and Broward Schools, should be victimized and sacrificed by Proposal No. C5.

It is patently unjust for the Board to now carve out our community and deprive it of its expected and just entitlement to have its children attend Cypress Bay High School. I ask for written confirmation that you will use your office and position to see that this Proposal is withdrawn and otherwise defeated and that it not even reach the voting stage. Again, this issue has grave implications to my family, my neighbors, my community, my city. How this Proposal is handled on your part has the keen interest of the constituency.

112.   Jorge Alvarado at 02:11 PM on 11/13/2015
We are residents of the City of Weston and have been living in the Lakes community for over 20 years. Let's preserve the City, communities, and schools boundary as they are today. Therefore, we agree with our Lakes neighbors and join them to express our rejection to the boundary changes submitted by Alma Gonzalez. We suggest to Alma to move to Weston if she wants her children to attend Cypress High School.
Jorge and Beatriz Alvarado
113.   Arturo Busca at 03:45 PM on 11/13/2015
The ghetto of Weston (aka Bonaventure) continues to be the red-headed stepchild of Weston, except when we have to pay taxes. In that case we do belong 100% to Weston.
114.   Manny Valladares at 03:58 PM on 11/13/2015
This proposal has really not been thought through. As a resident of the Lakes, and although not affected by the proposal, I find it extremely disruptive and unfair to the kids affected. Cameron is the second subdivision as you drive into the community. Why would we carve out a random subdivision and relocate all of the existing students with such a random selection? This would be very taxing on commutes and relationships for both students and parents. Homeowners who bought in The Lakes (all of the The Lakes) bought in some part due to the Cypress Bay boundary. This is a very unfair proposal and I am completely opposed to it. Shorter commutes for students who don't currently attend the school is not a valid or logical reason.
115.   Polly Menasche at 05:19 PM on 11/13/2015

Dear Broward County Public School Board,

On behalf of the Menasche family, we strongly oppose 2016-17 Boundary Proposal No. C5.
We live in The Lakes in Weston so that our children can attend Weston elementary, middle and high schools not Davie or another cities school. We accepted Western as a temporary solution while Cypress Bay was built and even supported the efforts to build a second high school in Weston if more space is needed. This is where my daughter has attended school for the past 7.5 years. Her friends are here since it is where we live, work and pay taxes. If Boundary Proposal No. C5 is passed, our children would no longer be able to go to the high school in our community. With all the recent violence in schools shouldn't our focus be on strengthening that bond not tearing it apart and for what value? So another cities residents reap the benefit of our taxes. They have the option of moving to Weston if they like our schools so much but our kids, families and sense of community make these schools great.
By making this change, not only would you be separating students in Weston from their friends and neighbors, but this proposal would do the same to other impacted neighborhoods as well.
This proposal is flawed because:
Cass Size Impact /Level of Service Impact – This proposal increases enrollment at Western while reducing enrollment at West Broward that which is already under capacity.
Enrollment Impact – If this proposal doesn't impact the enrollment issues at Cypress Bay, then the point of this proposal is simply to favor a few SWR neighborhoods so that they can attend Weston schools.
Feeder Pattern Impact – What is the purpose to split a successful feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle School to West Broward?
School Proximity Impact – Proposal claims students can walk to school, but students will have to cross a 4-lane intersection without proper sidewalks.
Neighborhood Integrity – The proposal divides the Weston Lakes community in addition to several SWR communities as noted in the proposal.
Natural Barrier Impact - The proposal will encourage students to cross Griffin Road - 4 lanes of traffic and the canal area. Busy intersection; no sidewalks.
Once again, we believe this 2016-17 Boundary Proposal No. C5 is a flawed proposal and we strongly oppose it.

Thanks for your time and consideration in this matter!

Sincerely,
Menasche Family, City of Weston and Weston Lakes Residents

116.   Marta Portillo Garcia at 07:29 PM on 11/13/2015

I totally disagree with proposal C5 by Mrs. Gonzalez and I agree with all the different points of views that have been already expressed by other Weston residents.

We are wrong if we talk coldly about a "Boundary" because this is a "community". Boundary is a line, WE are a community, the community of Weston. Residents within a community share a sense of belonging. During years the residents of Weston have shared the same interest when it comes to education. WE are our schools, we are proud of our schools and we are living in this community BECAUSE we wanted these schools for our children.

Weston's schools are a right to all Weston's citizens' children. Our children grow together, go through elementary and middle school together and we want them to reach High School together.

As parents we were conscious about the education system in Weston and that is why we chose this community to raise our children. We pay higher taxes and probably many times this has represented an economical effort for some families. However we do it BECAUSE this is what we want. We could have chosen to live in another community, but we chose the community of Weston for a reason.

Weston's children = Weston's schools.

Another wrong idea is to think that just because you live closer to a school you belong to the school. Communities have all their public resources conveniently spread throughout their "boundaries". This is like complaining because the Regional Park is not close to your house, or because you want the library to be closer to you. We build resources in appropriate/available pieces of land. Obviously some buildings/resources are going to be closer to some residents than others. The same happens with shopping malls or hospitals.

Schools belong to a community, where they are located, is just a matter of available land and strategic/civic planning.

I also agree with many residents that suggested that perhaps we should audit our current registration data in our schools. We should do it so that we can protect the right of those children that truly belong to this community. It will also be only fair with the residents that contribute with their taxes to this community.

And if you had any doubts about the FACT that what there is within "these" boundaries is a GREAT community, just look at how we all rise together to ensure that our children get the education that we planned for them, that we have chosen for them and that definitely we PAY for them.

Please I kindly ask you to reject this proposal.

118.   Francisco Denis at 06:19 AM on 11/14/2015
Good morning, I have been reading this proposal and I am very worry about it. I moved from Katy, Tx to Weston Fl three months ago. When we decided to move, our priority was to find the best high school for our daughter. I investigated in internet the best ranked schools in Weston and we asked our realtor only to search for houses where Cypress Bay was assigned as the high school. If fact we had to increase our budget and ask for more money from the bank because if you want your kids to study in Cypress Bay, the houses are more expensive. Our daughter started three months ago in 9th grade and she is very excited, she loved the school, if fact her GPA in the first three months is 5.15, and I am worry about her motivation and performance if a new high school is assigned to her. She already changed city, school and friends three months ago and I would like her to stay in Cypress.
This decision will affect us both, emotionally and economically. When we were looking for houses in the area , it was obvious that the high school assigned represented a difference in the price. If Cypress is not the school assigned to the area where we live, the price of the house will be less and all the effort that we made to live here will make no sense.
You should think about families that moved to this area only because they want to study in Cypress.
If this proposal is accepted I would recommend that those kids that are already studying in the school, stay in Cypress until they finish grade 12th.
This decision will be critical for me and my family, please think about the impact of this decision will have in the lives of all the people that moved to this area only because they want to study in Cypress.
I am positive that you will consider our comments before you take a decision that will be affecting a lot of families.
Thank you,
Francisco Denis
119.   Jay Guerrero at 08:17 AM on 11/14/2015
Good morning All,

This proposal is ridiculous and insulting.

I am a homeowner in Weston and live directly in the affected area proposed (Cameron). I have reviewed this proposal and find it absurd to think that anyone could suggest that proposing the removal of section B and adding section A would address the overpopulation at Cypress Bay. I have purchased three homes through the years in Weston and did so to have my children attend schools within Weston. 11 months ago I purchased a new home in the Lakes and chose to pay a premium to live here to ensure my children continue to attend Weston Schools, currently Eagle Point Elementary and Tequesta Middle School. I expect them to continue on to Cypress Bay high school as well.

Again, This proposal is ridiculous and insulting.

Hope you reconsider, stop wasting tax payer's money, and ensure that Weston Children attend Weston Schools.

Thank you,
Jay Guerrero
Concerned parent, Voter and tax payer.
120.   Donald Pick at 11:28 AM on 11/14/2015

Our family bought a home in The Lakes in Weston 20 years ago even before Weston was an official city, in part because we felt our children would receive a superior public school education here. At the time Bonaventure, to the east was not a part of Weston, and we were secure that we were well within the border of the community for the Weston schools, living in the Lakes. The community developed into a very family oriented one, and our children had friends from all the sub-communities within the Lakes.

I have been advised that the school board has a proposal, “2016-17 Boundary Proposal C5” that is dividing up “The Lakes” into two high schools, Western & Cypress Bay. I am at a loss as to why this proposal is under serious consideration by the Broward School Board. The resulting negative issues from that are many.

For example from a logistical point, we would have two different high school buses entering the community twice a day, picking up & dropping off students, twice as much traffic that adds to the danger of possible accidents.

Student friendships could be unsettled, at a time in young people’s development that is tough enough entering high school without your ‘buddies” from middle school which in itself can be a trial.

Of course a very significant reason has to do with the value of our house being in the Weston Schools District. The public perceives, and rightly so that there are educational and financial long-range benefits to owning a home in our community, because their children will attend superior public schools in Weston. To an extent, our property taxes and homeowner fees reflect that. If there is a doubt that redefining the high school boundary could happen and one of the communities, Cameron in The Lakes is moved out of Cypress Bay high school, it would defiantly have an adverse effect on our home value. If it could happen to one community in The Lakes, it could happen to another. Yes, that is important, very important.

We certainly hope that the school board members and other elected officials from our area fight for what is right for the Lakes community, and will come to the right conclusion in defeating this proposal.

121.   Diane Wagner at 12:06 PM on 11/14/2015
Re:2016-17 proposed boundary C5-As a long time resident we paid to move into a good school zone and a change from Cypress Bay to Western high school in our area will change our home value and desirability. We are retirees and need every penny! Many of our neighbors moved here for Cypress bay and want to keep it that Way! Please reconsider the boundary lines
122.   Berta Welch at 09:00 AM on 11/15/2015

I'm completely opposed to this proposal. My husband and I purchased in The Cameron Lakes community of Weston 16 years ago fully recognizing our children would attend Weston schools, understanding we would benefit from our investment in this neighborhood. This proposal would disrupt the progress of our children's education by reassigning them to a lower performing school, and additionally undermine our property value.

If Ms. Gonzalez or any of her neighbors wish to attend Cypress Bay HS, then they should exercise the available choice and rent or purchase a home in the documented boundary for this school just as many other families have done.

123.   Mindy and Michael Siegel at 09:44 AM on 11/15/2015
We strongly oppose 2016-17 Boundary Proposal No. C5. This proposal disregards natural boundaries by splitting apart the Cameron Lake section of the Weston Lakes community from the entire Weston Lakes community and nearby Weston neighborhoods. This proposal has a negative neighborhood integrity impact as it would assign students within the Weston Lakes community to different schools. This proposal does not make sense and is not in the best interest of the communities, students and schools impacted. We respectfully ask the School Boundary Committee and the School Board of Broward County to vote against this proposal.
124.   Michelle Roach at 10:18 AM on 11/15/2015
If this parent wants their child to go to Cypress so badly then move to Weston. We pay the highest taxes anywhere and don't get any aguculture breaks like southwest ranches. If someone living in Weston can't go to Weston schools then they should not pay Weston taxes.
Cypress (and all Weston schools) are so overcrowded with kids who do not live in Weston. It's not fair to Weston kids and Weston parents.
The county needs to regulate this better.
It also angers me that someone can just propose such a crazy idea and waste people's time and energy. The board should address this first before all these families have to come and attend a meeting for something that does not even make sense.
125.   Todd Schlorf at 11:26 AM on 11/15/2015
I oppose this proposal! 12 years ago we moved to our neighborhood after conducting a thorough research about what would be the best fit for our family. We selected our neighborhood because of the quality schools our kids would eventually go to. We paid extra with the understanding that our investment would pay off when our kids attend these quality schools. It is not fair to punish us by forcing us to attend a lower quality high school after having sacrificed by paying higher prices for our home.
My suggestion would be that if an individual would like to send their children to Cypress Bay, that they should move into the boundary that has been established.
My oldest is a leader of the Cypress Bay band and will be a senior next year. She has paved the way for our other two kids by setting an excellent example with her academic studies and extra curricular school based activities. Our hope would be that our younger kids would be able to build off her experiences and have the quality high school experience we have so diligently worked to achieve.
126.   Sara Schlorf at 11:42 AM on 11/15/2015
I oppose this proposal! There is no logic in shifting the boundaries for any of the schools involved in this proposal. We purchased this home in this neighborhood knowing our children would attend Tequesta MS and Cypress HS. We purchased this home with all of this in mind. Asking the school board to change the boundaries to benefit one individual's request is not fair to all of us that made financial sacrifices when purchasing and paying taxes on our homes.
127.   Joyce Bieler at 03:29 PM on 11/15/2015
I do not have children in school but I think this is a terrible idea. It is unfair to the students who would be re-located and it will lower our real estate value. If this lady wants her children to go to Cypress Bay, let her buy a house in Weston.
128.   Leslie Davis at 03:29 PM on 11/15/2015
The previous postings laid out cogent reasons for opposing this unfair and, frankly, frivolous boundary change proposal. The facts speak for themselves. If a single individual can get away with what Mrs. Gonzalez is proposing, then in the future, any neighborhood could be subjected to what we residents of Cameron Lakes are now going through. Today, it is our neighborhood, next it could be yours.
Leslie & Lynn Davis
129.   Aaron Tolkin at 09:11 PM on 11/15/2015

Dear Broward County Public School Board,

As a Weston resident and father, I strongly oppose this proposal and ask you to do the same. I am especially concerned as I live in the Cameron Lake section of The Lakes, the area in question. I just moved my family to Weston for the strong community and excellent schools that it possesses, Cyprus Bay included. The proposal made by Ms. Gonzalez would rip apart the community that we joined. Currently, my daughter plays with multiple other kids from The Lakes at our community pool, playground and soccer area. Up until this proposal, I was excited knowing that these are the same kids that my daughter will grow up with at home and at school. This proposal would divide a strong community in The Lakes. My friends and I would no longer be able to carpool once our kids reached high school. In addition, my daughter will be separated from her long standing Weston friends at a critical time in her time, the ascension to high school.

Lastly, please consider the fact that Cypress Bay is a school for Weston students. This proposal would district taxpaying Weston families out of our own school district and allow non-Weston taxpaying families into a Weston School. I question how this makes any sense at all.

For these reasons and the multiple reasons stated by my fellow Weston residents, I implore you to strike down this proposal.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Aaron Tolkin
Weston Resident, Taxpayer, Voter and Concerned Citizen

Dear Ms. Gonzalez,

I appreciate the fact that this campaign you started took a considerable amount of time and effort. I also appreciate that you are looking for the best education for your kids. In order to achieve this, I have two ideas for you: you can either re-align your focused energy and time on improving the education at the school you are currently zoned for or you can do what every other Weston resident has done and purchase a home in Weston. Creating a proposal to deny Weston residents access to their own schools, the ones that we all pay for, is not the correct or appropriate way to improve your children’s education.

Sincerely,
Aaron Tolkin

130.   Renzo Rusca at 09:34 PM on 11/15/2015

I'm against the C5 proposal because there's no technical reason to exclude one particular subdivision from The Lakes in Weston to favor residents from another city. Why residents from The Lakes are being discriminated in such a way?

It is understandable that people outside of the boundary want to be in Cypress Bay's Boundary, but is it fair or even legal that the same proposal who propose to include their zone in Cypress Bay's Boundary define who is going out?

131.   Kim Reiser at 09:38 PM on 11/15/2015

"Please feel free to leave more concerns I will try to address them." -Alma Gomez

Ms. Gomez,
We have not heard from you since 11/5. Please try harder to take the time to address our concerns.

132.   Henry Chin at 11:09 PM on 11/15/2015

My family and I also strongly oppose this proposal C5. We moved from Fort Lauderdale to The Lakes specifically for the schools and my children have made strong bonds with others since Eagle Point Elementary, Tequesta Trace Middle, and now Cypress Bay High. They study and work on projects together and have developed a great support system with each other to succeed in their education. It is totally unfair to break these children apart just to make room for someone outside of Weston who wants her children to get into our school.

Additionally, by moving our school zone from Cypress Bay with a national ranking of 206 to Western with a national ranking of 1053, this boundary change would have an immediate and detrimental effect on our property values. I am somewhat disappointed in the City of Weston for not helping to oppose this as well, since it affects property values in their city. I am also disappointed in the School Board for even allowing a proposal such as this, to be considered whereby a complete stranger is requesting other people to be removed from their school zone without first asking for their permission and requiring them to defend what they already rightfully have and paid for. Thank you.

133.   Stephen Bender at 06:54 AM on 11/16/2015
One more thought: there is no physical connection between Cameron Lake and the point of connection to the Western HS boundary. In order for us to reach that point physically, we would have to drive 1.5 miles and make 5 left turn along the way. Strike this ridiculous proposal today.
134.   Amanda Sullivan at 08:21 AM on 11/16/2015
This proposal is clearly only intended to benefit property owners in the section they desire to move into the boundaries. As a Weston resident in Cypress Bay boundaries I am offended by any proposal that doesn't benefit the children. If a proposal was presented, of integrity, and with benefit to the children involved, but altered the boundary for my children I would gladly concede. Although I am not affected by this proposal I am against the unethical use of this process in an attempt to profit from our educational system.
135.   Marlon Rojas at 09:36 AM on 11/16/2015
The relationships that our kids have been created across several years sharing the same school with his/her friends of other sub-divisions in our community is a fundamental part of their success and academic performance,as a parents this also gives us the opportunity to interact with other parents/ neighbors and together take car of our children, this redistricting proposal doesn't take into account this key element of our children development, on top of that will reduce the quality of our kid's education moving them from a school ranked #16 to a School ranked #60. It is also expected that the value of our properties will be reduced since one of the drivers to select this community is the reputation of schools like Cypress Bay. If this proposal passes many homeowners will be impacted and will evaluated other alternatives for ensuring a proper education for our children.
136..   Walter John Bemman III at 10:15 AM on 11/16/2015

As a homeowner in the Weston Lakes sub-division I am against this proposal. Weston residents would be bused further to Western High school (lesser rated school) in order for Non-Weston residents to attend a high rated High School Cypress Bay in Weston. Residents in Weston paid a premium for their homes because they wanted Weston Schools. I also believe impact fees paid by Arvida for Weston schools ended up in the price of houses in Weston and therefore Weston residents helped pay for these schools.

Also, the students in Cameron Lake that would be bused further away to Western would not be allowed to attend school with their friends in the Lakes neighborhood. I can understand why residents just south of griffin road would love to attend a highly rated school such as Cypress Bay (property values would certainly go up), but it is not fair to move out existing Weston residents attending Cypress Bay and bus them much further to attend a school that is rated lower. People purchased their homes in Weston with the explicit understanding they would attend all Weston schools.

Respectfully submitted

W John Bemman III

137.   sandra aronoff at 10:56 AM on 11/16/2015
I would like to submit my comment and opinion about the C5 proposal. I have lived in The Lakes Community for close to 4 years now. At the time of our search our son was in middle school and we limited our search specifically within the school boundaries of Cypress Bay High School. We bought a house in the community that is going to be directly affected if this boundary change goes through. This proposal is absurd. How does changing the boundary for one subdivision make a difference? Is the number of students in our subdivision so high to merit a boundary change? Not only will this change severely affect the value of my property but now my son, who is a Junior attending Cypress Bay on a 504 plan, would have to graduate from a school he is not familiar with, leave friends he has been with since middle school and wonderful counselors & teachers that are familiar with my son's case, not to mention his ability to carpool to school with fellow classmates? This is devastating to my family. If we wanted him to attend Western, we would have looked for a property within its limits. This boundary change will be devastating to our family. Also, in looking at the map, it seems that the area that is proposed to be brought into Cypress Bay, not only is it not in Weston, but is much larger than the subdivision that is proposed to be carved out. Again - this makes absolutely no sense. Cypress Bay High School is in Weston and children from Weston should have the right to attend their school. I disagree strongly with this proposal and I ask that you please reconsider this idea not approve it.
138.   Fernando Ostolaza at 11:16 AM on 11/16/2015

My name is Fernando Ostolaza, and I'm a resident of the Cameron Lake subdivision at the Lakes in Weston

I'm writing today to you to express my opinion about this proposal sent to the Broward County Public School Board by some group of residents from our neighbor community South West Ranches trying to force their children into the Cypress Bay High School and our children out to the Western High School by re-drawing the boundaries of the high schools in Weston

I'm living in Weston for over 12 years, I purchase our home in 2013 with the sole intention to give my 3 daughters the best possible education in Broward, I was coming from Pembroke Pines and Davie, were the schools were not that good, and I raise 2 of my daughters in this wonderful community of Weston were I contribute over these 12 years with my taxes to built this community

My third and youngest daughter is now on middle school and in 1 1/2 years will attend to high school, which I expect to be again Cypress Bay High School

But now, after 12 years contributing with my taxes to built this great city, and part of my money went to the Cypress High School, some residents of South West Ranches are proposing to redirect OUR children from OUR School in Weston , the city were we live, the city that we built, to another high school in Davie so they can have their children in our High School where they never put a penny to built this city neither this High School

If this new Boundary proposal is passed, not only our children will be expose to a lower rate High School, were they can be discriminated by residents of Mobile Homes and potentially be bullied by children of extremely low income, but our Property will be categorized into another school boundary and will be the only community in the Weston Area which will be discriminated by potential buyers with the immediate reduction of the value of our properties in The Subdivision

I'm an experienced Realtor for over 16 years, and you do not need to be a Real Estate mogul to understand that our properties will be immediately affected and diminished with thousands of dollars in the value of our properties

I went though all those years, all those bad years, saving my home from Foreclosure, trying to pay mortgage, a big mortgage, taxes, over $10,000 a year in taxes and now this proposal will send me and my property down again ????

I felt discriminated by this proposal, I field that if this proposal is passed, Broward County Public School board will give priority to another community over JUST our SUBDIVISION , and I don't think this is right

I ask you to do all in your power to stop this to happen, our children deserve to be in OUR high school and not into another city High School

Sincerely

Fernando and Cecilia Ostolaza

139.   Ailed Amaro at 11:25 AM on 11/16/2015

This issue is not just about proposal C5 it is about the right of the citizens of Weston to maintain the quality of education and the safety of our children. In today’s market home buyers are paying at least $100,000 premiums for a house within the boundaries of Cypress Bay High. There is clearly a direct relationship between quality of the schools, homes market value and consequently homes appraised value and tax revenue the city and the school district earns. This proposition it is simply an INSULT, it has absolutely no foundation and it sets a bad precedent for all the other communities within the City of Weston. Anyone else tomorrow can try to do the same with another subdivision. What guaranties do we have if this proposition is approved, what is next for the City of Weston?
I understand that there is no absolute guaranty that school will maintain a given rate or level of quality and that the school district are entitled to redefine schools boundaries to better serve the community. But a community is also entitled to resolve its own problem. Redefining school is the same as redesigning our communities and this is not the real answer to any problem our schools may face.
Now let’s assume that there is no other alternative and the school limit has to be redefined. Now explain me how a parent tells their kids that he or she will be separated from their lifetimes friends so someone else who lives in another city can walk to their high school. Is anyone really thinking about the children that live at Cameron Lake?
If the district needs to redefine school boundaries this must be done based on real needs of our community and not the convenience of a few, it needs to take into consideration the emotional and social impact of all the children who live in the neighborhood, any redistributions should be among schools offering the same quality of education and safety; and last but not least this can only be done after each schools takes a deeper look at their enrollment process to ensure that their students truly resides in the area assigned to Cypress Bay High.
Additionally some parties may consider Cypress Bay and Western High similar based on standardized testing however have the board considered other aspect like community opinion, safety, and teacher’s commitment? Please go take a look at Western High community opinion at greatschool.com. After reading them I will honestly be afraid to send my children to this school.
Fix the safety, staff and commitment issues in our neighbors’ school, improve the public opinion of the people that resides within Broward High and then lest talk about what is convenient or comfortable for our children.

140.   Devona Reynolds Perez at 01:54 PM on 11/16/2015
This boundary change makes no sense and can only be detrimental to the families in Cameron Lakes. One single community in the Lakes subdivision is being targeted! Why? To benefit the homeowners in SW Ranches who prefer Cypress to West Broward because their kids will be able to walk to school. This does not address overcrowding at Cypress Bay. It does not increase diversity at Cypress. It simply swaps out the geographically smaller community of Cameron Lakes for a larger community in SW Ranches. Sure the net impact on enrollment may be neutral now but as families grow the burden on Cypress will also increase. We just bought our house in Cameron Lakes in order to keep our kids at Cypress. They have made friends in the community and it seems arbitrary that their neighbors will be allowed to stay at Cypress and they will forced to go to Western. Our ability to car pool will also be negatively impacted since this targets Cameron Lakes alone in the entire Lakes subdivision. How would the bus routes work? The negative impact this will have on property values and the kids that will be forced to change schools outweighs any positive value to SW Ranches kids i.e. they will be able to walk to school v. take the bus. This is an arbitrary boundary change that will result in severe financial consequences for the homeowners in Cameron Lakes. Let's also not discount the psychological impact on the kids that will be forced to leave their friends and neighbors to go to a different HS. The harms far outweigh any benefit. This proposal must be rejected.
141.   Joy Gomez at 02:30 PM on 11/16/2015
Boundary Proposal C5 would move many children living in Weston Lakes out of the Cypress Bay High School boundary and into the boundary for Western High School.
Proposal C5 unfairly targets children living in Cameron Lake, forcing them to attend Western High School and separating them from their friends and neighbors in the Weston Lakes community.
Proposal C5 is unfair to the taxpaying parents and homeowners who have chosen to live in Weston partly – sometimes mainly – because they wished to live within the boundary of Cypress Bay High School.
If Proposal C5 is adopted, it would set a precedent for pushing children who live in Weston out of Weston schools, damaging the integrity of the entire Weston community.
Proposal C5 would undermine Cypress Bay High School’s strong and unique sense of identity by destroying the neighborhood integrity of the school’s boundary.
Proposal C5 would make children living in Cameron Lake targets of bullying at Western High School, due to the intense rivalry between Western High School and Cypress Bay High School.
The school board’s impact analysis fails to acknowledge the negative impact of Proposal C5 on neighborhood integrity, making it difficult for affected parents to understand and comment on the impact of the proposal.
Proposal C5 would force children from the affected area in Southwest Ranches to cross Griffin Road and the South New River Canal. It would also require Cameron Lake children to cross more major roads than they currently do. The school board’s impact analysis fails to acknowledge this Natural Barrier Impact.
The proposal would create a spilt feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle to Cypress Bay High and West Broward High (currently 100% to West Broward High).
Since Cypress Bay High is currently using all of its gross capacity, moving a new area into its boundary could result in the area being moved back out again later to meet class size or level of service requirements (as the school board’s analysis acknowledges).
Proposal C5 is strongly opposed by the affected residents. The comments posted in response to the proposal have been overwhelmingly negative.
142.   Carlos Palacios at 05:01 PM on 11/16/2015
What are the the education benefit to do this change? How many students may affected on this change? Does it have any benefit in the long run? I strongly disagreed with this proposal if it only benefit a few and not looking the big picture for the benefit of the students and the community.
143.   Jenny Cardona at 05:26 PM on 11/16/2015
I personally think that the school should be continue with the current division why would some one take one a Weston community which Pays taxes to the city and has the right to use the school and put a division that doesn't even is located in Weston!! And also school should ask for more resident proof since people from the near neighbors are using our high school and overloading it!!
144.   Howard Gladstone at 05:29 PM on 11/16/2015

While respecting the School Board's rights in the matter, it is the position of many if not all residents of The Lakes, that removing its students (alone, among all the surrounding Subdivisions' students)from the Cypress Bay Boundary would be both patently unfair and constitute a "taking", even if not meeting the legal definition of that term.

Why The Lakes?

If it's a matter of enrollment impact, it's a mathematical certainty that any student population will vary by geography, year to year. This begs the question; Will it be the policy of the School Board to continually reassign The Lakes students' HS location annually depending on the geo-distribution of all students within the Boundary? If not, why not? If it's good for one year, why not all years? And...if that is the policy, how long can we expect The Lakes to be the sole victim of this disruption? Somehow, I think and must hope there are other, more rational factors driving these Boundary decisions.

The Lakes subdivision is centrally located within Weston. It is not the nearest subdivision to 84 nor is it the nearest to Weston Rd. This begs the question; Would sending a bus into The Lakes at the center of Weston to transport students to Western HS and back again be the best use of Western HS's ( and therefore the School Board's) scarce Bus resources? To do so would mean that the Bus would have to pass numerous other student populations within subdivisions much closer to Western HS. This use of Bus resources is wasteful on its face...and thus it seems that effective use of Bus resources does not to bear on this decision, either.

Why disrupt children in the midst of their HS careers. Is it not difficult enough to raise successful HS students without taking them from their friends and fellow students, many of whom live around them and with whom they may have studied with since Elementary School. This seems both highly disruptive and pointlessly cruel.

Lastly, comes the impact on property values and the notion of a "taking" happening here should this Boundary change go into effect.

I am the original inhabitant of my home in The Lakes. My wife and I sacrificed to pay the comparatively high taxes there; a fact I freely admit, is of no interest or legal relevance to the School Board.

We did so, not only because our family appreciated the quality environment to be found there but also in the expectation that some day when we sold our home we would recover some of that sacrifice in the form of home equity.

What this Boundary proposal does is actually lower the value of my home and those others within the The Lakes when compared with similar homes in subdivisions situated very closely nearby.

The losses in dollar terms are likely to be devastating, according to Realtors I've spoken with and our homes can expect to remain on the market longer before selling. I can tell you with certainty that neither I nor my neighbors did anything to deserve this. Thank you for considering my comments

145.   Andy Tyler at 05:58 PM on 11/16/2015
This proposal is preposterous. Its Rubbish and holds no merit. We bought in Weston to go to Weston schools. If I wanted my children to attend school in Davie, I would buy there. However I paid the higher taxes and property value to keep my child in Weston school zones.
Alma What s your true intentions here? The description does not make sense at all. If you are moving some of Cypress to Western and some of Western to Cypress, this is a wash. It does not support the over crowding argument what so ever. Could it be that you want your children to go to Cypress? What sorts of basis did you use to provide an argument for your zone change? Children in communities should stay together and this divide only creates more havoc. I will 100% sell and move out if this goes through. I have been living here since 2001 for Weston schools.
146.   Nydianne Ayala at 06:05 PM on 11/16/2015
It seems unfair for residents who do not pay for property taxes in Weston, be able to attend the schools we pay for and Weston residents to be moved out. We recently moved to Weston , precisely because of the quality of the schools, non withstanding that the taxes were higher. If these moves impact class size and quality of education.
147.   Maria Marcano at 08:22 PM on 11/16/2015
I do NOT agree with the proposal the boundaries should remains as is!!!
148.   Stephen Bender at 09:17 PM on 11/16/2015
Results of meeting with school board boundary committee on Monday November 16: 115 against proposal, 0 for proposal. Strike this proposal now!
149.   manuel j maldonado at 09:51 PM on 11/16/2015
After attending tonight's Broward County public school meeting at Boyd Anderson, I am more convinced than ever that the current procedure for district proposals is flawed. Tonight's voting results on this proposal were 115 against and 0 for. Yes, 0 people supported the proposal. I repeat; nobody (including the author and “beneficiaries”) showed up in support. Additionally, over 100 people have written negatively on this website and a signed petition for the repeal was also presented with 100+ signatures. So far, an absolute landslide against the proposal. A proposal which defies all logic and common sense in its presentation. Somewhere General Custer, Walter Mondale and Barry Goldwater are saying “been there”.
I understand the school board wanting to provide an unbiased forum for the community to put forth ideas to better the educational experience for our children. I understand that it is viewed as an open brainstorming session to unearth new ideas for the school system. However, there has to be some check and balances in the process. It is unconscionable to think that one person can cause so much angst and stress in another community without meeting a minimum criteria. In the legal system, there are opportunities to dismiss frivolous lawsuits. This system needs the same requiring a modest threshold to warrant further discussion including for example, signed petitions in support. While all ideas are valid in a brainstorming session, not all of them need to be acted upon.
The reasons to repeal this proposal have been spelled out by many others in this and other forums. Enough time, energy and money have been wasted in preparing, dissecting and destroying this proposal. I kindly ask that we now focus on improving this flawed process and more importantly, look for opportunities to improve Cypress, Western and West Broward high schools. All those with self-serving solutions, please get out of the way and stay home.
150.   Alok Deoraj at 09:51 PM on 11/16/2015
This proposal is UNFAIR to Weston residents. Justification for “reviewed consideration” has no sound basis for rezoning the Cypress Bay High School feeder area. I listed my response to the justifications in the attached table.
1.Class size impact: The statement says, “May result”, that means not certain then why do the rezoning. Is there a survey? How many students are moving in from South West Ranches and how many students are going to Western High, in Davie from Weston? It would be appropriate to explore options that how Children of Weston can remain in Weston? This split of one corner of a community will negatively impact students’ academic standing when you deprive them of the resources what they have grown up with, teachers, friends and their neighborhood. I urge you to put yourself in parents’ shoes and think hard whether rezoning for your high school kids will be a good idea?
2.Level of Service Impact: Same argument as above. What service has been impacted in the last 5-years that prompted to consider the rezoning proposal? Can there be other ways to meet those resources without rezoning? It will put undue stress on children and parents of Weston community who are being split for no sound reasons.
3.Enrollment Impact: This is one of the most unfounded justification. If the enrollment impact is neutral then, then there is no impact on class size (1st consideration) and no impact on Services (2nd consideration). Then why even rezoning proposal is being considered? The authorities considering this proposal, must rethink that how wise it is even to consider this proposal.
4.Diversity Impact: Then, why rezoning?
5.Feeder Pattern Impact: Is it possible to make split feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle to Western High in Davie. Distance wise, it is not much of a difference and your justification that Cameroon Lake and Southwest Ranches area are comparable in number of students then why this alternative split pattern proposed?
6.School Proximity Impact: Would not this rezoning increase the travel time of the Children of Cameroon Lake? This justification is not valid. Homeowners bought their home in Weston to send their children to Cypress Bay High School. They invested in their property and paid increasing taxes. They used their life investments in their homes. This rezoning will jeopardize parents investment and loose on the critical formative years of high school on which their children’s’ entire future depends.
7.Neighborhood Integrity Impact: This rezoning will have chronic psychological integrity impact on children of Cameroon Lake division when they will be separated from their neighborhood friends. Parents and children of Cameron Lake will not be able to interact with the members of the same community or car pool for band practice or science fair or National Honor Society meeting. There are nothing but negative outcome of this rezoning proposal.
8.Natural Barrier Impact: All the more reason, not to consider this proposa
151.   Maria garza at 06:31 AM on 11/17/2015
The entire weston community should be able to attend Cypress Bay. It is our local highschool and the reason many of us live in this community paying high property prices and taxes.
152.   Monica Copantsidis at 06:59 AM on 11/17/2015
We strongly disagree with this proposal. In addition to the comments of my neighbors, Tequesta Trace has a program, Cambridge International Program. Some of the students participating currently in that program live on The Lakes community. One of the reasons students take the challenge to participate in this program that requires a lot of effort, is that the program continues in Cypress Bay. Western Middle School does not have that program. We are talking about long term decisions for families, some of them mentioned in other comments from my neighbors, like buying a house choosing the school where our kids will grow up, and choosing an educational program that last through middle and high school. Families need authorities who work to give them the assurance of a stability for them to be able to make this long term decisions.
153.   Carla Esteva at 08:43 AM on 11/17/2015
I've been a Weston resident for 20 years, paying Weston property taxes all this time. I feel this absolutely outrageous that we Weston residents pay to support a school that our children can attent. I had been forced to put my child in private school so that she can receive a decent education instead of going into a C school. One of the reasons we moved to Weston (and I'm sure many families too) was because of the schools and now we my child is not able to attend.
154.   Ghazal Nabavi at 09:58 AM on 11/17/2015
We purchased a house in Weston so our kids go to better schools. I am sure every other homeowner in Weston Lakes is going to agree with me that this is just not acceptable and we will fight it. I will not send my kids to a Davie school when I pay more to live in Weston. This is just unfair
155.   Ailed Amaro at 12:21 PM on 11/17/2015

As everyone knows our property value at the Lakes and specifically in Cameron will significantly decrease if proposition C6 is approved. Everybody knows what consequence brings this to our personal finance. But unfortunately it appears that the school board or the parties making this decision do not take into consideration what repercussion this may bring to our property values.
How market value affects the budget of local government? Why property tax increases when the houses fair market values increases? Is this just a consequence? Can the school board make a decision disregarding the value of our homes?
The assessed value is a function of market value. It may take a few years but if you look at historical assessments in our area we can clearly see a trend, from 2005 to 2010 property taxes decreased 18% and from 2010 to 2015 property taxes have increased 9%. This is a clear reflection of how market value moved during those years. Now if the school board does not care about the property taxes then maybe the fire department the police and other governmental departments do. Last time I check our local governments depends on property taxes and schools alone do not make a community.
Property taxes are one of the back bones of our local government. If you do not believe this please check what happen in Stockton, California. Stockton is the one of largest bankruptcy in the history of this nation. The local government had some serious budget problems, the housing market collapse and they ended up cutting 25% of its police force 33% of its firefighter and 40% of all other governmental position. When decline in property tax revenue is added to the load of problems a local government faces, the community suffers and the services are cut. That is a fact!
Today homeowners do not need more speculation in the real estate market. Please school board does should not become a player in this brutal game that destroys the dream of so many people in the last decade.
So if property values are not important I want to pay the amount my property paid back in 2010, when the housing market hit the bottom, if the school board the fire department the police was able to pay their bills with the taxes they collected in 2010, then that is all they need.

Now I am sure each of us can write a book on the subject of how a decrease in property value affects our personal live, the stability of our homes and the psychological environment in which our children develops. No matter how strong parents are, how much we hide the stress, when the finance of a family is affected everyone will suffer one way or the other.
Any attempt to redefine our school boundaries will dilute the fair value of our home and soon or later it will affect our local government and all other service the community receives.

156.   Richard Bryan at 03:20 PM on 11/17/2015
As residents of Southwest Ranches we are strongly opposed to this proposal submitted by Ms. Gonzalez. Many children living in Southwest Ranches once attended Manatee Bay Elementary and they had plans to attend Falcon Cove Middle School with all of the friends that they had made during grades 1-5 and then attend High School @ Cypress Bay. However they were forced to go to Silver Trails Middle School because of previous School Boundary changes. They attended Silver Trails Middle School and made new friends grades 6>8 and are now attending West Broward High preparing for their future. They do not need additional changes in their lives during this critical time nor do any of the Children living in Weston need any impact on their lives. Your proposal may impact less than 10 children living in Southwest Ranches (Griffin 345 one would assume) and perhaps hundreds in Weston.
157.   Todd Hinesley at 03:33 PM on 11/17/2015

I am opposed to the C5 proposal for the following reasons:

PART 1 of 2

1) Neighborhood Integrity Impact

Q: Will the requested change assign students living in a neighborhood to different schools?

A: YES. Cameron Lake is one of 5 subdivisions in The Lakes and this proposal attempts to carve it out in order to move a corresponding number of students from West Broward to Cypress Bay and from Cypress Bay to Western. The students in the Cameron Lake subdivision would suddenly and inexplicably be relocated to a new school that would separate them from family, friends and neighbors with whom they car pool, group study and have built their lives and memories. Likewise, the proposal would similarly affect the students and disrupt the lives of the students and families that live in the communities south of Griffin. It is impossible to ignore or justify this obvious and pointless, negative impact on the integrity of both neighborhoods.

2) Natural Barrier Impact

Q: Will the requested change require students to cross natural barriers such as major roads or waterways?

A: YES. The proposal states that there would be “no impact.” However, if the proposed change was made, Cameron Lake student drivers would be forced to drive on State Road 84 or across I-75 to get to Western every day. Both of these are major roads or highways that high school students with limited driving experience would have to cross. In addition, the students that live south of Griffin Road would have to cross Griffin Rd., another major, 4-lane road, as well as a large canal, to attend Cypress Bay, putting their safety at risk. Again, it is impossible to justify ignoring these natural barriers which have already been identified and recognized by the current school zones, especially when doing so would potentially endanger the lives of these students.

3) Class Size Impact (required)

Q: Will the requested change place any school involved in jeopardy of not meeting the Florida class size statute now or in the next five years?

A: YES. The proposal states that, “the immediate net impact on enrollment would be neutral.” If that is true, then it will NOT help resolve any issues with class size conformity and, therefore, can NOT be justified for this reason. Furthermore, there is currently a new, large development (Botaniko) being built in an area currently zoned for Western that will add 125+ new homes and families to that school district. Moving more students over to Western now will potentially impact class sizes at Western within the next five years, so, the proposal can NOT be justified for this reason.

4) Level of Service Impact (required)

Q: Are the schools involved projected to meet the tri-party agreement (Broward County, municipalities, School Board) school concurrency Level of Service?

A: YES. The proposal clearly does NOT help resolve any current or projected issues with services levels. Therefore, the proposal can NOT be justified for this reason.

158.   Maria pettus at 04:07 PM on 11/17/2015
I'm not ok with this proposal. Do not change the existing boundaries.
Thank you MLP
159.   Jorge A. Vargas at 06:04 PM on 11/17/2015

I am opposed to this proposal. This proposal does not make any sense. Why would we cut kids from Weston out of the high school in Weston and bringing kids from SW ranches into Weston? We have bought our homes and paid taxes based on property values that are valued based on the schools our kids will attend. We have paid these higher taxes for years so that our kids can go to these schools. It is completely unfair to change boundaries in this manner.

Also as others have pointed out there are kids that are not in the current Cypress Bay boundary attending the school. If the school is overcrowded maybe that is something that needs to be more thoroughly reviewed.

Jorge

160.   Ana Caban at 09:14 PM on 11/17/2015
I am what is called an "empty nester", I have no children that will utilize Cypress Bay High in the future. I do not expect to sell my home in the future, therefore, this is meant to be an opinion solely based in, what I think, is the best of interest for the children on my community. There are times where problems are not to be solved based on numbers or convenience. Those who have the God given opportunity to design, influence or shape our communities, must stop for a moment and ponder the impact of their actions on the lives of those that will take charge of our Nation in the future. The sense of "community" is being lost. Adult life challenges and responsibilities do not allow for the community interaction that once was. Often times, is the school and the children that attend those schools the ones who keep the community together. Parents may work in other cities, but children attend the town schools, the town sports activities, and town churches. Children are the ones that bring and hold together the interaction between the different developments within the community, by building strong friendships that start at school. This is of special importance for those that are at the age of High School. At this age, more than any other, children can benefit from the interaction that starts in school and develops throughout the different activities within the community and the towns they live on. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to recognize the faces of our neighbors, our co-workers and our school mates within the communities we live. That bond can only be build by promoting constant interaction between the member of one community every single day, as many hours as it is possible. That bond is going to be broken with an unnecessary change of boundaries for those living in our community of The Lakes. More than anything, that bond will not even have a chance in the near future, for those about to enter High School in the next few years, if the boundary change comes to be a reality. Many of the tragedies we are experiencing in our Nation and around the world, would have had a different outcome if the faces of those perpetrating the attacks would had been recognized as "foreigners" to the communities in which those tragedies had occurred. If we want to see a difference, we need to start acting different. It is time to go back and put the community first. It is time to stop braking towns and communities for the sake of convenience based on numbers and distance. A community is a community. We should promote their bondage and avoid at all cost, braking apart their members. Please, do not accept a proposal to change boundaries that will brake apart the members of our town, and will not allow the children of our community to go around recognizing the faces of those other children they see as school friends. Keeping a small town together is a rare opportunity now days, take the opportunity to keep a town together and act on it.
161.   Nicholas Fazio at 08:03 AM on 11/18/2015
Without even getting into the issue of the value of homes in the affected areas, how does it make sense to simply carve out small sections of multiple neighborhoods to split them up among two different high schools? How did the areas highlighted even get selected for this proposal? It seems like an almost random selection of two areas that may have similar population densities in order to further one person's (or group's) agenda. It also admittedly has no effect on enrollment so I fail to see how this would generate any sort of benefit for the children involved on both sides.
162.   Jessica Parra at 05:27 PM on 11/18/2015
I think the boundaries proposal could affect our students academically and psychologically,
It seems unfair to those who bought a home in Weston thinking that their children could attend Cypress Bay High School and now they can't because of this proposal.
Also this will affect the value of the properties.
The district instead of change the boundaries they should ensure that all students really live in Weston.
163.   Jennifer Brosnan at 05:49 PM on 11/18/2015
It does not seem to make sense to re-zone part of The Lakes subdivision. In addition, having children crossing I-75 to get to school is an unacceptable impact. In addition, the proposed plan would separate friends and also make carpooling difficult.
164.   Marcelo Goluboff at 06:21 PM on 11/18/2015
Well I disagree with this proposal . Ms Alma Gonzales says that proximity matters and that's why She is proposing change in Boundary.
There are plenty of Families who lives 6-7 miles from their children schools because they live at the edge of the boundaries. When I bought my House in Weston I decided to pay more because I wanted my children to assist to Cypress Bay High school. If this proposal goes through my house/property will drop easily by 30 % Value. This is not fair. I am sorry that Ms Alma Gonzales lives at 6-7 miles from their children school . Her benefit will cost to me and my Neighbors a loss of Property Value by 30 % at least. SO THIS IS NOT FEAR.
165.   Manuel Zuniga at 07:21 PM on 11/18/2015

C5 will:
a)Have a negative effect on the integrity of our community, student relocated will be separated from their community friends a negative impact for the sociological and psychological stability.
b)the canal separating south west ranches and cypress is a natural barrier that obstacle the crossing of students from SW ranches to cypress. It is hazard for students to go from SW rancher to Cypress because there are not sidewalk and there are plenty of 18 wheeler trucks moving landscape material on Griffin.
c)It will increase the size of the western class if it ia also consider the new community of botaniko (125+home) inside western boundaries.
d)It does not help to resolve any current or projected issues with services levels
e)It does not resolve being close to its gross capacity
f)the proposal will create split feeder pattern for Cameron lakes students, the same for SW ranches students. Not good for anybody
g)SW ranches student might be closer but to Cypress bay but a very high risk for this students. Griffin does not have sidewalk, does not have bike lanes marked, lots of eighteen wheeler trucks with flatbed and landscape material drive thru this road going from ockechobee road to I75, very dangerous for students

Hoping for the best, Manuel Zuniga

166.   Janice Essick at 09:02 PM on 11/18/2015
Thank you, Luis Nunes, comment #103. Hope to see you at the meeting this Friday (11/20) at 6:30/7 pm.
167.   Donna Wright at 11:30 PM on 11/18/2015
We have lived in The Lakes for 11 years. We have paid higher taxes because Weston has better schools. Now our taxes will be used to pay for students not living in Weston to attend Weston schools. As well, our property values will tank. Will I receive a refund on my taxes when this happens? Will I receive a check from the city to reimburse me for the major hit my house value will take? The Lakes is not a low rent area. We pay HOA fees to keep our subdivision in beautiful condition. We are college educated adults who bought in Weston so that we could have a quality life. We have paid a premium for that privilege. This is another example of government over reaching . Whose influence is driving this move? Did you think we would just sit back and let you ruin our community without a fight? Shame on you!
168.   Anays Tong at 11:47 PM on 11/18/2015

Families move to Weston so their children can attend the great schools. We pay a premium in our homes to be able to have access to Weston schools. If residents from Southwest Ranches want their children to attend Weston schools then they should move here. We are extremely upset that Cameron Lakes is unfairly being singled out. Cameron Lakes is not a separate community. It is part of The Lakes which it is zoned for Cypress Bay HS. There is no valid reason why this proposal should even be considered! There is no impact in class size. In addition, this proposal wants to remove children who are already attending Cypress Bay and who are entitle to attend as they are Weston residents. Please keep Weston schools for Weston children!! If there is space available then consider children from adjacent areas. Thank you for your attention.

Jorge and Anays Tong
Homeowners in The Lakes Community and Active Voters who will monitor how officials vote on this proposal

169.   Kevin Meade at 08:56 AM on 11/19/2015
I strongly disagree with the proposed change. I purchased my house in The Lakes last year because I want my 12 year old son to attend Cypress Bay High School. I could have purchased in a different community and paid considerably less. My son is very involved with Weston sports and has developed many friends. The idea of him having to leave his friends once High School begins is infuriating. Like many families, we paid Weston prices for Weston schools. This will undoubtedly have an impact on my property value.
170.   Ana Cardozo at 09:31 AM on 11/19/2015
I have lived in Weston for many years. The schools are my main reason, and I live blocks from Town Center. Now they are trying to remove my area from Cypress Bay boundaries, and add areas that do not belong to the City of Weston! This is unfair, and it is obvious that someone has the money, and power to request the addition of areas that are not in the city of Weston. Instead of changing the boundaries, the City of Weston, and School Board should try harder to keep all the students from Pembroke Pines, Davie and Sunrise in their schools, and not in Weston Cypress Bay.
There are MANY kids attending Cypress, that don't live in Weston, and use Weston addresses.
I am a single mother, with three kids, and paying higher taxes to be able to have good schools for my kids.
First, we need more control over who attends Cypress so we don't have an overcrowded school, and second, areas that are NOT in the City of Weston shouldn't be included in the boundaries.
We hope to unite, express our concerns, and cannot accept the unfairness that these changes will bring.
Sincerely,
Ana Cardozo
171.   Sharon Schecter at 10:22 AM on 11/19/2015
With all due respect as an original homeowner of Verona Lake in Weston Lakes, our decision to live in this particular community was because of the schools. All 3 of my sons graduated Cypress Bay High School and am very happy that they did. Living in Weston, our children should have first right to attend Weston Schools! Please do what's just and fair. Keep The whole community of The Lakes in Weston schools! That's why we chose to live here! Thank you kindly.
172.   Andrew Proctor at 12:17 PM on 11/19/2015
As a home owner in the Lakes Community in Weston (695 Verona Ct. 33326 I wish to express my concern and opposition to the rezoning of the Lakes neighborhood, Cameron.
The proposal states that it “creates split feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle to Cypress Bay High and West Broward High (currently 100% to West Broward High).” The proposal fails to mention the similar, negative impact that it would have on students in The Lakes, who currently attend Eagle Point Elementary, Tequesta Trace Middle School and Cypress Bay. Those students would now be divided into newly created, split feeder patterns that would send some (Cameron Lake) students to Western while the rest of The Lakes would go to Cypress Bay. The proposal can NOT be justified for this reason. Sincerely,

Andrew Proctor

173.   Jean Paul Rivas at 12:17 PM on 11/19/2015
As a member of the Weston community, I do not agree with this proposal and believe it will be detrimental in many ways to our community and more importantly, students who will be relocated. This does not solve distance and commuting problems but just relocates them to other families and communities. This proposal should not be approved.
174.   Beverley Klassman at 12:25 PM on 11/19/2015

I have lived in WESTON for 27 years. The proposal on the table is a disgrace. I was promised a high school for all Weston families and now the promise is being voted on...TAKE THE HIGH SCHOOL AWAY FROM NEW COMMUNITIES OR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE NOT IN WESTON THAT DID NOT GET THIS PROMISE WHEN DECIDING TO LIVE IN WESTON - A PLANNED COMMUNITY?

1) Neighborhood Integrity Impact
Q: Will the requested change assign students living in a neighborhood to different schools?
A: YES. Cameron Lake is one of 5 subdivisions in The Lakes and this proposal attempts to carve it out in order to move a corresponding number of students from West Broward to Cypress Bay and from Cypress Bay to Western. The students in the Cameron Lake subdivision would suddenly and inexplicably be relocated to a new school that would separate them from family, friends and neighbors with whom they car pool, group study and have built their lives and memories. Likewise, the proposal would similarly affect the students and disrupt the lives of the people that live in the communities south of Griffin. It is impossible to ignore or justify this obvious and pointless, negative impact on the integrity of both neighborhoods.

2) Natural Barrier Impact
Q: Will the requested change require students to cross natural barriers such as major roads or waterways?
A: YES. The proposal states that there would be “no impact.” However, if the proposed change was made, Cameron Lake student drivers would be forced to drive on State Road 84 or across I-75 to get to Western every day. Both of these are major roads or highways that high school students with limited driving experience would have to cross. In addition, the students that live south of Griffin Road would have to cross Griffin Rd., another major, 4-lane road, as well as a large canal, to attend Cypress Bay, putting their safety at risk. Again, it is impossible to justify ignoring these natural barriers which have already been identified and recognized by the current school zones, especially when doing so would endanger the lives of these students.

175.   Geraldo F Souza at 12:30 PM on 11/19/2015
We've lived in Weston for the last 13 years and one of the main reasons we all love our City so much is our school network. Through the years my family and friends have built strong bonds that are now being threatened by this absurd proposal. If this proposal goes through, on top of not being allowed to go to school in the city our kids live in, they are now subject to the exposure of crossing major highways and canals to get to school... And I'm not even bringing up property values and property taxes that we've paid through all these years. My answer is a big NO, not today, and not ever.
176.   Todd Hinesley at 12:35 PM on 11/19/2015

I am opposed to the C5 proposal for the following reasons:

PART 2 of 2

5) Enrollment Impact

Q: Will the requested change under enroll a school or cause it to exceed its gross capacity?

A: YES. The proposal clearly states that, “As Cypress Bay High has been increasing in enrollment and is currently utilizing all of its gross capacity, moving an area into its boundary may result in it being subsequently moved back out in order for class size requirements to be met.” The drafter of this proposal obviously recognizes this shortcoming and freely admits that the proposal can NOT be justified for this reason.

6) Diversity Impact

Q: Will the proposed boundary change impact a demographic population significantly (+/- 5%)?

A: NO. The proposal states that there would be “no impact” on diversity, meaning that it does NOT help resolve any current or projected issues with diversity and therefore, can NOT be justified for this reason.

7) Feeder Pattern Impact

Q: Does the requested change split or further divide the number of students feeding from one school to another?

A: YES. The proposal states that it “creates split feeder pattern from Silver Trail Middle to Cypress Bay High and West Broward High (currently 100% to West Broward High).” The proposal fails to mention the similar, negative impact that it would have on students in The Lakes, who currently attend Eagle Point Elementary, Tequesta Trace Middle School and Cypress Bay. Those students would now be divided into newly created, split feeder patterns that would send some (Cameron Lake) students to Western while the rest of The Lakes would go to Cypress Bay. The proposal can NOT be justified for this reason.

8) School Proximity Impact

Q: Will the requested change require students to travel further to get to school?

A: NO. The distance for The Lakes students to travel to Western vs. Cypress Bay is about the same. However, while the proposal claims that, “many students in the area (currently attending West Broward) would be able to walk to Cypress Bay,” this would mean they would be walking across Griffin Road - a 4-lane major thoroughfare - as well as a large, wide canal to do so, putting their safety at risk. Therefore, the proposal can NOT be justified for this reason.

This proposal is clearly designed with the selfish intention of having one family re-zoned to attend Cypress Bay instead of West Broward and completely ignores and disregards all of the negative outcomes associated with it, that have been expressed here by others. West Broward has been an A rated school for the past 5 years, so Ms. Gonzalez should focus on improving it if she feels it is not worthy of her kids attending and stop selfishly ignoring the facts, proposing illogical changes, disrupting students lives, and trying to divide communities.

This proposal will continue to be fought vigorously by all residents of The Lakes and the surrounding communities due to its detrimental impact. Please VOTE NO.

177.   Eric Deschner at 12:35 PM on 11/19/2015
I strongly oppose the boundary proposal C5. This action would be a detriment to our home values and force us to send our children to schools that we never intended to. We purchased our home at premium price to ensure the option of our children attending Cypress Bay High. One person's proposal should never out way a community of reasonable voices that are in opposition. This is still the United States of America.
178.   DL Wright at 12:50 PM on 11/19/2015
Ref proposed vote to redistribute students from the Lakes. My children are grown but totally support families impacted by this. Clearly the schools are not comparitive and this would/will impact our housing market. Please vote no!
179.   Eric Jones at 01:16 PM on 11/19/2015
We do not agree with this school boundary proposal and would like to know what legal actions the community may need to take to stop this from moving forward should it be approved. We specifically moved from Miami to Weston with 3 children to have them attend Cypress Bay in the coming years. With this change, we would be forced to sell and relocated within the new boundaries.
180.   Aaron Weinberg at 02:17 PM on 11/19/2015
My family has lived in Weston and “The Lakes” since 1994. When we decided to move to Weston, we did so knowing that Cypress Bay was being built and that my children were going to be attending this high school. I believe that every family that moves to Weston does so because the schools here are the best in the county. We pay a premium to live in Weston, to have our children attend school here. The people in the Weston community have worked hard to maintain the quality of education that kept the Weston schools top rated. To even think of moving a Weston student to a non-Weston school and to do it by splitting up the “The Lakes” community is incomprehensible. Think how this decision affects the lives of those who live in “The Lakes”. Take into account the financial impact to the value of the homes in “The Lakes”. Take into account the harm to relationships that will be caused by this decision. You have a moral obligation to take these factors into account. We are not a line on a map but are families that live here. Do what’s right for “The Lakes” and Weston as a whole and maintain the right of the residents of Weston to attend their schools.
181.   Riccardo Fassi at 02:51 PM on 11/19/2015
We purchased our home 15 years ago in The Lakes with the intention to have our children attend Cypress Bay. Two of our children have already graduated from Cypress and to ask our 3rd to transfer to Davie is completely unacceptable. I appreciate that many communities outside of Weston would like to attend our schools, like Southwest Ranches, but the families that have purchased in Weston have made a commitment to the community that dictates our children are the first to attend the schools. Asking children who have attended Weston schools since Pre K to change now is unthinkable, is outrageous, and is showing absolutely no regard to the well-being of these Weston Kids.
182.   Paul Viscovich at 02:59 PM on 11/19/2015
I request you disapprove Proposal C5. Something I learned in 20 years active duty with the U.S. Navy is, "if it's not broken, don't fix it." This proposal will create several new problems without correcting any existing ones.
- The net impact of moving students from the underpopulated Southwest Broward HS and into the already overcrowded Western HS will recreate student population imbalances the construction of Southwest Broward was meant to correct.
- It will create safety problems the School Board will then have to address, i.e., students in SW Ranches walking in the roads where there are no sidewalks, then having to cross four lanes of heavy traffic on Griffin Road.
- The cost of hiring a dozen or more school crossing guards (within the SW Ranches parcel as well as at Griffin Road) twice a day will more than offset any savings of not having to send a school bus to transport these students to Southwest Broward. - An additional school bus will need to be dedicated to pickup students in Cameron Lakes and transport them between home and Western HS.

If the advocates of this proposal counter that they can correct these problems by driving their students to Cypress Bay, they will remove the only effective argument they had for suggesting it. So why change an effective arrangement? It's not broke, so don't waste scarce resources trying to "fix" it.

183.   Joe Cox at 04:05 PM on 11/19/2015
Owners in The Lakes made their home purchase based on facts at the time they purchased. A key fact for all who purchased in The Lakes was and is its zoning for Weston Schools, including Cypress Bay HIgh Sckool. Owners in SW Ranches also made their purchase decision based on facts at the time they purchased, which facts also included zoning for Western High School. Some from SW Ranches, who could have bought In The Lakes but didn't have now decided that they want what The Lakes homeowners have - Cypress Bay HS zoning. And to get it they are petitioning the County to take it away from The Lakes owners and give it to them instead. Is it fair to pay Peter by robbing Paul? Peter and Paul each made their own decision and the only fair decision is for both parties to be allowed to retain what was became theirs based on their own decisions. Who would like it if a third party took away something they valued, especially if that third party could have acquired it the same way others did? SW Ranches owners spilled the milk but want Cameron Lakes to take their loss and do their crying for them. Reject this unneighborly grab of what has always belonged to others.
184.   Ronaldo Almeida at 05:57 PM on 11/19/2015

Dear Sir or Madam,

After reviewing this proposal, It was hard to understand how this was even considered, once it would affect a subdivision of gated community causing an impact for 87 kids, which already have a bus route budgeted and planned. It would also create an extreme bad effect to this community (The Lakes), once kids that have been together since elementary would go to different schools, literally next door neighbors on the same gated community attending high schools miles away from each other.

Therefore, I hereby would respectfully to give my comment against this proposal and request its refusal.

Thank you kindly,

Ronaldo Almeida

185.   Sebastien Ozanne at 06:25 PM on 11/19/2015
The proposal C5 has several strong negative impacts on our community : it will separate kids who are used to play, work, ride together to school ; it will take apart a very unified community, The Lakes, that is used to have many events together; it will force the district to send 2 separate buses to The Lakes community ; it will force high school students to drive on major roads like SR84 and I75, which is an increased risk of accidents for young drivers; it will add up on Western High Schools number of students, which is especially important to foresee as the new community Botanica will also add families in the Bonaventure area, hence attending Western HS. Also, it feels particularly unfair for us who have bought a house with a premium, paid our taxes in Weston, especially because we wanted our kids to go to Weston very good schools. It feels even more unfair when we keep hearing about the growing number of students attending our Weston schools and not living in the Weston area, although they manage to provide, only once in their whole school life, a proof of living here. We strongly hope that this rule can be changed and/or improved so that Weston schools stop being overcrowded with students who have no right to attend any of them. Weston is rich in parent volunteers who would be glad to help the district in that matter.
186.   Cherie Davidson at 07:14 PM on 11/19/2015

As you come to a vote for considering changing boundaries in The Lakes(c5), I ask that you do the right thing and keep students and their families within the community. It makes absolutely NO SENSE to impact a natural barrier and have Weston students cross highways ,when they have a high school within the community. It also makes NO SENSE to disturb neighborhood integrity in order to accommodate students from other neighborhoods.

Students living in Weston should continue to be serviced by their neighborhood high school; students living in South West ranches, currently attending West Broward High School, should be resigned to Western High School, if need be.

I am an empty nester, but feel very strongly as a retired teacher, that students should attend school in the community in which they live. This enables students to partake in after school enrichment activities with students living in their neighborhood.

I know that when the vote is take for C5, you will vote your conscience, and do the right thing for the children!

187.   Ivonne Meade at 08:32 PM on 11/19/2015
No way!! The reason that we bought our house in Weston was because of that schools. This is not acceptable. We are going to figth against of this ridiculus proposal.
188.   Milly Haves at 08:51 PM on 11/19/2015

I am STRONGLY opposed to this proposal. It makes absolutely no sense why Cameron Lakes was arbitrarily chosen to be rezoned! What happens next if this proposal passes and another parent whose child is not zoned for Cypress do? Pick a subdivision from some other development to have rezoned? Or maybe just rezone another subdivision of The Lakes? This is absurd!

I understand the proposer is upset about the rezoning 3 years ago that affected her personally. Now she is trying to do the same to the WESTON homeowners of Cameron Lakes. Does that make any sense? Two wrongs don't make a right.

Since all the schools involved are all A rated schools why do we need this rezoning? Seems to me the proposer has selfish reasons for the rezoning, don't you think?

How could the children from SWR possibly walk to school when there are no sidewalks and also cross four lanes of heavy traffic on Griffin Road to get to Cypress. Really???

Finally, and most importantly this cannot possibly be good for our kids. My son and his best friend (which he considers his brother) have gone to school together since kindergarten. Now his best friend would no longer be able to attend Cypress because he lives in the next subdivision. My son would understand if his best friend moved away from Weston but not this. PLEASE don't do this to our children!!!
WHY WHY WHY was CAMERON LAKES singled out???

189.   ASTRID SEBAG at 11:25 PM on 11/19/2015
I am strongly opposed to this proposal. First able it is absurd to just even think divided a large community like The Lakes just for no reason, Cameron it is a subdivision not a community , we have one entrance one exit with other subdivisions as well.
Second: I bought a house in Weston just to have my 3 kids in Weston schools other wise i would have move to a less expensive city and pay a lot less taxes for over 14 years. If is because is overcrowded
I do want and expect the school board to make changes, There are A LOT of people that do not leave in Weston and their kids attend Weston schools . I do not have to sacrifice my kids sending them to a school in a different city or sacrifice myself paying so much for taxes. Every year the same way we have to proof vaccines so we should and have to proof where do we leave ..EVERY YEAR.
Third: It is not fear that someone that do not live in the city of Weston will ask for such a petition with no basis.
If she wants to have her kids in Weston schools they should move to city of Weston.
As one of her comments is that isn't fair for her kids to be apart from their friends .... as how that would be fair for my kids that went to elementary going to middle school in Weston and thy will have to go to a high school in a different city.
190.   Brian Eustice at 11:29 PM on 11/19/2015
I vehemently oppose this proposal. I moved to the lakes after carefully studying and selecting the schools my children would attend to include Cypress Bay. Not only will this negatively affect all the children in the community by separating them from friends academically and socially but it will also negatively and dramatically affect our property values as people that move to Weston overwhelmingly search for homes zoned for Cypress. This proposal is unacceptable and will be vigorously opposed.

 

 

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