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For immediate release - November 17, 2005

Officials to meet Friday for school concurrency initiative

TAVARES — Elected officials from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, the Lake County School Board and all 14 municipalities of Lake County will meet Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Receptions, located at 4425 Highway 19A, Mount Dora, to discuss school concurrency.

The three groups of elected officials — County Commission, School Board and Lake County League of Cities — are expected to begin identifying the issues that will be addressed in an interlocal agreement regarding school concurrency. The meeting will also focus on the order in which the identified issues will be discussed.

At a previous meeting held Oct. 28, the three entities approved a work plan that will be used to complete the state’s new school concurrency initiative. The work plan proposes that the County Commission, School Board and local municipal leaders meet every two weeks in a joint meeting. The work plan can be viewed at www.lakecountyfl.gov/sc.

In September, the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced Lake County, along with Hillsborough, Indian River, Sarasota, St. Johns and Walton counties, would be pilot communities for the state’s new school concurrency initiative. The school concurrency initiative is a result of Senate Bill 360. Signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush on June 24, the bill overhauls the state’s growth management laws. Commonly referred to as “pay-as-you-grow” plan, the bill dedicates new funding and creates policies that help to ensure school needs of communities are met.

The scope of work for the pilot program includes the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the School Board jointly coordinating with municipalities to develop an updated public schools interlocal agreement, an educational facility element in the Lake County Comprehensive Plan, and amendments to the comprehensive plan’s capital improvement element, future land use element and intergovernmental coordination element. As part of the program, the Board of County Commissioners and School Board will share a $200,000 grant.



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Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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