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Schools seek parents' views on boundaries

Many students will be affected as five campuses are set to open in the fall term.

By GINA PACE
Published January 9, 2007


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LAND O'LAKES - Parents will have a chance during the next two weeks to voice opinions and ask questions about school boundaries for the five Pasco County schools slated to open during the coming academic year.

The new schools are Sunlake High School, Charles S. Rushe Middle School, New River Elementary School, Double Branch Elementary School and Gulf Trace Elementary School.

Both New River and Gulf Trace will open in portables in August and are slated to move into their new facilities next January.

School superintendent Heather Fiorentino sent letters and maps in December to parents of students who would be affected by the planned changes, proposed by boundary committees formed for each school.

The final boundaries will be set by the School Board after two public hearings in February.

The boundaries were designed to meet specific guidelines, including providing a balance of racial and economic diversity, feeder patterns, projected growth and capacity, transportation, incorporating complete neighborhood communities and considering long-term school construction plans.

Parents' input still has the potential to affect the final boundaries, said Chris Williams, the district's supervisor of planning.

"It may be something that the committees didn't consider," Williams said.

"Certainly we're looking for the best solution."

Gina Pace can be reached at 352 521-6518 or gpace@sptimes.com.

Schools that will have boundary changes

New school: Sunlake High School

Schools affected: Land O'Lakes High School, J.W. Mitchell High School, Seven Springs Middle School, Pine View Middle School

Meeting: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Land O'Lakes High School gymnasium

New school: Charles S. Rushe Middle School

Schools affected: Seven Springs Middle School, Pine View Middle School

Meeting: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Land O'Lakes High School gymnasium

New school: New River Elementary School

Schools affected: Wesley Chapel Elementary School, Chester W. Taylor Elementary School (Chester W. Taylor students would be redistricted for the 2008-09 school year)

Meeting: Thursday, 7 p.m., Wesley Chapel Elementary School cafeteria

New school: Double Branch Elementary School

Schools affected: Sand Pine Elementary School and Wesley Chapel Elementary School

Meeting: Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Sand Pine Elementary School cafeteria

New school: Gulf Trace Elementary School

Schools affected: Sunray Elementary School, Gulfside Elementary School and Mittye P. Locke Elementary School (Gulfside and Mittye P. Locke students would be redistricted for the 2008-09 school year)

Meeting: Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m., Sunray Elementary School cafeteria.

Maps of the proposed boundaries can be seen online at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/.

[Last modified January 9, 2007, 00:09:06]


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