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The Hillsborough County School District will host a series of town hall meetings in February and March to bring parents up to speed on the controlled school choice plan to be implemented in 2004.
The purpose of the meetings is to help parents and community members understand the choice plan and the options it affords parents. Speakers will provide information about the plan and conduct question and answer sessions.
A team of three to five school and district staff members will respond to audience questions related to:
The plan's general guidelines
Region and zone configurations and descriptions
The process and timeline for making school selections
The availability of district-provided transportation
Magnet schools, attractor programs and academies
Special assignment and majority-to-minority processes
Whole School Effectiveness and quality-of-education issues.
All meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. or until all questions have been addressed. Here's the schedule:
Monday, Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd.
Tuesday, Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Thursday, Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry.
March 3, University Community Center, 14103 N 22nd St.
March 4, Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Boulevard.