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Lee County student assignments released

Posted at 11:49 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 07:10:20-04

FT. MYERS, Fla. - 17,000 students across Lee County now know where they will be attending school next year. Results of the district wide lottery were released this week.

The process allows parents to request schools for their child that are in close proximity to where they live. However, not every parent is satisfied with how the system works.

Monica Correra's son goes to Edison Park, a mile from her job, but the district says he has to attend Treeline Elementary, 10 miles from her job.

"Me as working parent, the priority is to be as close to him as possible, and that is at work. If something happens to him I can be at school in two minutes."

Chief of staff for the Superintendent Mark Mora, says the district is working to keep kids as close as possible to home, reducing the district's biggest cost: transportation.  "One of the things we've learned from parents is they really want to have their child in a proximity school, but at the same time they want t make sure that school has quality programming and services they desire."

There is an appeal process for student assignments. Mora says parents can check with the district on how long the wait list is at their desired school. He says those wait lists tend to get shorter as the new school year draws closer.