Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chet's Creek Gets Pupils in January 190 from San Pablo Slated for Transfer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chet's Creek Gets Pupils in January 190 from San Pablo Slated for Transfer

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- In January approximately 190 San Pablo

Elementary School students will be transferring to a school

being built on Chet's Creek Boulevard off Hodges Boulevard.

Nearly 50 parents learned Thursday in a meeting with San Pablo

Principal Beverly Brown that students would not be the only ones

moving in the middle of the school year. The plan, Brown said,

is to move entire classes to the new school, including the

children's teachers.

Under the plan, seven teachers from San Pablo and one newly

hired educator will be going to Chet's Creek.

However, some of the teachers scheduled to make the move have

also applied for positions at Abess Road Elementary, which is to

open in the fall. Teachers assigned to that school would not be

available for transfer to Chet's Creek.

One kindergarten, one second-grade, one thirdgrade, one

fifth-grade and three first-grade teachers at San Pablo were

chosen for transfer based on low seniority or because they

volunteered, Brown said. Some teachers may teach different

grades. Brown said another factor in the selections was the

requirement that the new school meet county guidelines for the

number of minority staff and students when it opens.

The Abess principal is working to choose teachers quickly so

parents will know which teachers remain for assignment to Chet's

Creek, said Selinda Keyes, Duval County School Board's

elementary schools director.

In order to provide art, music and physical education programs,

Brown said San Pablo or Alimacani Elementary, which will also

transfer some students to Chet's Creek, may lend teachers to the

new school.

John Galarneau, who heads the San Pablo School Advisory

Council, said the group may promote a letter-writing campaign to

secure additional resources if needed at the new school.

"Children [at Chet's Creek] will have the same resources,"

Brown emphasized.

"We're trying to move some of the resources with the students,"

Keyes added.

The school, with a capacity of 1,050 students, should open with

600 to 700 children, Keyes said. Students from Windy Hill

Elementary will also be transferring to the new facility.

Parents John and Sharon Williams and Willie Ubilla, who live in

the West Beaches, were concerned about having only one access

road to the new school.

Some parents were requesting another access road, while others,

including Ubilla, suggested expanding Chet's Creek Boulevard.

John Williams also said he fears for his children's safety

walking to school on Hodges Boulevard, which has no sidewalks.

Keyes said the School Board's facilities department has

discussed widening the roadway to Chet's Creek, but she did not

have the expertise to speak on the subject. …

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