Monday, September 24, 2018

Acceptance letters for Pasco County’s new technical high school due out this week

Students who applied to attend Pasco County's new technical high school could learn their fate as early as this afternoon.

"They are going to get that first email out for those who are accepted today," principal Chris Dunning said.

Some will get their choice, while others will learn that their program of interest had more applicants than available seats. Dunning explained that certain programs, such as biomedical, can take close to 100 students while others, such as welding, can serve only 40 because of limited equipment.

Biomedical had the most requests among applicants, with 225. Cosmetology, culinary arts, automotive service technology and information technology rounded out the programs with the most expressed interest.

"I think we have enough interest in all the programs," Dunning said. "We should be good."

Overall, 1,187 students applied for 600 seats at Wendell Krinn Technical High.

The largest number, 166, came from Ridgewood High, which is closing  and transforming into Wendell Krinn Technical. Other schools with higher levels of interest included Hudson High (91 applicants), Gulf High (90), Mitchell High (84) and Anclote High (73).

Among middle schools, the ones with the highest numbers of eighth graders applying were Chasco (59), Paul R. Smith (57) and Hudson (55).

The technical school also drew strong interest from students not currently in the system. It had 115 applicants from home-schooling, charter schools and virtual school.

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