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Q & A with Duval County School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey

Q: Do you have any news from the facilities Master Plan that the school board discussed in April?
A:  District 7 is likely to get a K-8 school between Nocatee and Atlantic Coast High School.

Last month, we thought Axson Elementary, which is currently a Montessori school in District 2, would be rebuilt near Atlantic Coast High School, but the superintendent just updated the Master Plan to allow that school to remain in District 2.

Q & A with Jacksonville City Council Member Matt Schellenberg (District 6)

Q: Can you tell us what is happening with the building previously used as physicians’ offices on San Jose Boulevard, just north of Pall Mall Drive?

A: I have received many questions about this. The property is zoned CBC-2, which allows for a gas station; this is what the developer plans to build. It is within the property owner’s rights to do this with the current zoning. The property owners have asked for a zoning administrative deviation to modify some of the perimeter landscaping requirements. This will require a public notice to neighborhood associations and all property owners within 350 feet. This request will go to PZA only and not come to the City Council. Even if for some reason, the request is denied, it would go to the Planning Commission and ultimately, possibly to court. The City Council will never see or be asked to act on this request.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 4, Kelly Barrera

Q: Is it too soon to register students new to the area for the next school year?
A: No. If any new students are in the area or are moving to the area, please register as soon as possible. Last minute registration causes stress for school administrators for all that goes with hiring new teachers and also for teachers who arrive late to their classrooms. The first day of school will be Aug. 12, 2019.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 1, Beverly Slough

Q: Can you give us an update on the recent School Board vote on the high school site associated with the Silverleaf development?
A: The developer of Silverleaf wants to change the plan for the school site. The choices we were given were to accept the site adjacent to the Silverleaf DRI or have no high school site at all. The developer did agree to pay for building a road within the development to access the school from inside Silverleaf; this one DRI will generate one full high school of kids. It was quite a challenge to get to a place where we can make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners; that’s really all the school board can do. It was a tense time of thoughtful consideration and in the end the School Board voted 3 – 2 to accept the site offered by the developer. The Board of County Commissioners will vote on this at their May 21 meeting.

Q&A with Florida State Representative Cyndi Stevenson, District 17

Q: What is the upcoming schedule (after the date of this interview, April 12)?
A: We should be in “conference” soon on the budget. Session ends on May 1.