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Who will attend new Orange City high school?
Proposed boundary splits DeLand
By Pat Hatfield
posted May 18, 2009 - 1:40:28pm
The new high school in Orange City will not open until the fall of 2010, but now is the time to begin to figure out who will attend there.
School-district officials hope the new Orange City school will provide relief to DeLand High School, which is currently over capacity with 3,160 students.
Setting attendance boundaries for the new school and shifting the student population will affect students now zoned for DeLand, Deltona and Pine Ridge high schools.
In meetings this month, Saralee Morrissey, site-acquisition and intergovernmental-coordination director for Volusia County Schools, has been unveiling possible new attendance boundaries.
The first meeting was at Pine Ridge High School on May 13. The second was at DeLand High School on May 14, and a third meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Deltona High School.
The meeting at DeLand High School Wednesday was sparsely attended. The new attendance boundary for DeLand High was the main topic of conversation.
According to the plan, Morrissey explained, students on the southern end of DeLand and all those in Orange City will attend the new school in Orange City, which has the working name of High School DDD.
The proposed dividing line runs along McGregor Road and Orange Camp Road, crossing the south end of U.S. Highway 17-92 in DeLand.
Currently, DeLand High School’s attendance area includes much of Orange City.
The proposed boundary would split the Victoria Park community, just as Orange Camp Road splits it. Victoria Park residents who live on the north side of Orange Camp would be zoned for DeLand High School; students on the south side of the road would go to Orange City.
Lake Helen students would remain at DeLand High School.
This year’s sophomores, who will be seniors in the 2010-11 school year, will have the option of staying at DeLand High School, instead of transferring to the new school for their senior year, even if they are zoned for High School DDD.
DeLand City Commissioner Leigh Matusick attended the meeting, along with DeLand Planning Director Mike Holmes.
Holmes said the city hopes to keep DeLand in DeLand, including in terms of school boundaries.
Matusick said that’s part of DeLand’s strategic vision.
“DeLand has a sense of community,” Matusick said. She hopes to preserve it by assuring all DeLand residents are zoned for the same high school.
Matusick reminded Morrissey of the DeLand High School Homecoming Parade and numerous events connected to it, that are important to the DeLand community.
Matusick suggested perhaps the boundary line could be shifted to Interstate 4 and State Road 472.
Morrissey said that can be looked at. There will be more community meetings in the fall, and two School Board hearings, at which the public can speak, before the boundary lines are set in stone.
DeLand High School is an “attractor” school, Morrissey said, because of parents who want to continue the tradition of one school in DeLand, and because of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and other programs at the school.
The Orange City high school will develop its own personality, and its own programs, Morrissey said.
The Orange City Council already passed a resolution, asking that the new school be named “Orange City High School.”
The school’s name will be determined with the input of students who will attend it, and their families, Morrissey said.
At a cost of around $96 million, High School DDD in Orange City will be one of the largest and the most expensive ever built in Volusia County.
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