The Lightning Strike
School boundary changes will affect current and future studentsTuesday, February 03, 2009 By Aron Wolfson
The Annex, the new parking lot and smaller class sizes have all contributed to reducing overcrowding. But now, a final solution may be on the way. Next year’s sophomores and incoming freshmen from Krop, North Miami Beach and North Miami, who live in the proposed boundaries, will attend the new school, State School QQQ-1. The new boundaries include Sunny Isles from County Line Road to N.E. 135 th St. The boundary change will decrease our school’s population by approximately 300 students a year. Current freshmen who live in the proposed region, like Florencia Cilardoni, will have to transfer to State School QQQ-1 for the rest of high school. "I am accustomed to this school," Cilardoni said. "I have moved from middle school to high school and to the annex every other day; it is just one change after another." Other freshmen are concerned about being separated from their friends. "I have been waiting a whole year to see my friends that are at the annex the days that I am at Krop," freshman Milos Falconer said. "Now that I am going to the new school, I won’t see them at all." Athletes will have to leave Krop teams and join a new team at QQQ-1. "I hope the new school has a swim team," freshman Mikhael Kadouch said, "otherwise, I will have to swim on a club team." "The new school will have most of the sports programs we have because they are working with the city of North Miami," Principal Matthew Welker said. "Once the staff is hired in early or mid-summer, they will interview for coaching positions." Kadouch is trying to look on the bright side though. "It will be better because it won’t be as crowded," Kadouch said. "I will also get more attention from my teachers." Families who live in the Sunny Isles area will be separated if one student is a junior or senior next year and the other is a freshman or sophomore. For example, junior Noelia Alvarez will not be in the same high school as her younger sister, Camila Alvarez. "My sister is upset that she will be separated from her friends," Alvarez said. "She is going to be alone in a new school with few friends, and it would be easier if we were together." With the decrease in population at our school, the question is: Will we still need the Annex? According to Assistant Principal Adrena Williams, the Annex will be used for one more year. The school board will evaluate whether our school will use the Annex during the 2010-2011 school year based on Krop’s population size.