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Series of meetings will focus on new school choice plan

By Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

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.

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