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No fix yet for crowded Durant

Officials are stepping back from an idea to move about 300 students from Durant High to Bloomingdale.

Published December 14, 2005

PLANT CITY - Just as fast as they proposed it, Hillsborough school officials are backing away from a plan to relieve crowding at Durant High School by shuffling about 300 students to Bloomingdale High.

Parents don't like the idea. And administrators now fear Bloomingdale won't have room.

"The reasoning was not sound," said School Board member Jennifer Faliero, who said angry parents have stopped her in stores to complain. "That was just a short-term fix."

No decisions are final, said Steve Ayers, who oversees pupil assignment in Hillsborough. Students and parents won't have answers until after winter vacation.

That uncertainty extends to the proposed boundaries for two high schools opening in east Hillsborough in August. Though the community has seen a proposed map, school officials may adjust attendance zones for Spoto High in west Brandon and Lennard High in south county.

Hillsborough still needs a plan to relieve crowding at Durant, where more than 2,800 students fill a school built for about 2,400. But by all accounts, the school is managing well.

Options under discussion include adding a classroom wing to Durant. The district also is considering building two high schools in east Hillsborough, Faliero said. One would serve communities north of State Road 60. To the south, another would respond to growth in Lithia and Riverview.

[Last modified December 14, 2005, 00:13:09]

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