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By DONNA WINCHESTER, Times Staff Writer
Published January 14, 2008
Now that the Pinellas School Board has signed off on a new student assignment plan for the 2008-09 academic year, it's time for parents to consider the next step: applying for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs.
Beginning today, parents of incoming kindergartners and other students entering Pinellas schools for the first time can call or visit a Family Education and Information Center to get an identification number for their child. The student ID will allow parents to apply for special programs during the upcoming application period, which begins Feb. 11.
Parents also will have the option of sending their child to a "close to home" school, said district spokeswoman Andrea Zahn. The district has not finalized boundary lines that will determine what the "close to home" school will be.
"This upcoming application period would be the first step in school assignment," Zahn said. "We do want parents to know that part of the plan is the preservation of choice options through these special programs at magnet, fundamental and career academy programs."
Parents can learn more about the special programs at an information fair scheduled for Feb. 2 at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo. Additionally, Discovery Nights will take place Feb. 4-22 at the schools. Visit www.pcsb.org/magnet/dn.html for details.
What parents need to know
North Pinellas Family Education and Information Center:
1101 Marshall St., Clearwater; (727) 298-2858
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday.
South Pinellas Family Education and Information Center:
3420 Eighth Ave. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 552-1595
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Today: Beginning of registration period for incoming kindergartners and other children new to Pinellas public schools
Feb. 2: Information Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo
Feb. 4-22: Discovery nights for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs
Feb. 11-22: Application period for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs
March 10-16: Acceptance period for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs
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