On Wednesday morning, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, County Commissioners and leaders from Orange County Public Schools held a press conference in Downtown Orlando to announce a new school siting ordinance that aims to eliminate the conflict between the two boards that has taken place in recent years.
The new ordinance which was approved unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday will require less acreage over where schools can be build while prohibiting schools a rural settlements. Two issues that have been obstacles in the school planning process.
“It is a great day in Orange County for all of our school children.” said Jacobs “Good planning is so vital to sustained growth and we must not forget that good planning means that we plan for our children and we plan for our neighborhoods in a way they can both thrive.”
The previous standards have lead to legal battles between the two boards as the region tries to manage rapid growth while addressing concerns from residents over issues like traffic density in the locations of new schools. The stalled planning and conflicts have lead to overcrowding at some schools which both boards hope will be remedied by the new guidelines.
“This was not an easy lift for us by any means.” said Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette “We are family, the Orange County Public Schools and the Orange County Commission, and as families do on occasion we do have our occasional tifts. We all care about equally about the education and welfare of our children.”