In 1989, the Delray Beach City Commission created an ad hoc committee to study the challenges facing Delray’s schools. These included overcrowded and decaying facilities, busing, and lack of diversity. Along with writing a comprehensive plan outlining solutions, Sharing For Excellence in School, they recommended the establishment of a permanent Education Advisory Board appointed by the City Commission. The main role of this Board would be to oversee their plan, advise the City Commission on educational issues, offer policy direction, and raise community awareness of the importance of education.
The City has been working closely with the School District of Palm Beach County for the past two decades and has spent approximately $10,000,000 in support of local schools. In addition, the Board has had many other accomplishments, highlighted below:
To overcome overcrowding in the 1990’s, three new schools were constructed: Banyan Creek Elementary School, Morikami Park Elementary School, and Village Academy. Carver Community Middle School and Atlantic Community High School were relocated, expanded, and retrofitted to state of the arts schools.
To provide programming options, the Board advocated for the implementation of Choice programs, among them the highly successful Montessori program at SD Spady Elementary School, and arts and dual language programs at Plumosa School of the Arts. Delray Beach is the only municipality in the School District of Palm Beach County to offer elementary, middle, and high school International Baccalaureate programs.