Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pasco school district west-side rezoning moves forward

Four sets of draft maps show the possible direction the Pasco County School Board might take as it again attempts to ease crowding with new attendance boundaries.

The district planning department posted the maps on its website shortly after the Gradebook requested to see what's being put on paper. The ideas largely mirror those discussed during preparations to revise the west-side middle and high school zones a year ago.

A county judge voided the outcome, and so the board doing the work again. This time, though, it is operating under new guidelines, and without the input of a parent-staff advisory committee.

The possibilities include stretching the Anclote High boundary eastward into the Mitchell High zone. Anclote has been regularly under capacity, while Mitchell has been overcrowded.

A map referred to as Number 11, which was created by some community members, has been resurrected for review by the administration, which plans make a recommendation by early  March. (Some changes have been made, though, to take into account the elimination of Ridgewood High zones.)

The district's stated goal is to fill open seats and reduce crowding. Its most recent attempt ultimately impacted under 60 students.

The map the staff proposes is set to go to the public for comment at a March 12 workshop. Superintendent Kurt Browning is scheduled to make a final recommendation, after receiving the public input, on March 16.

The board would take public comment at an April 10 hearing, and then vote on the proposal on May 1. Affected families would receive word of the changes shortly afterward, with school choice applications reopening for those families only on May 15.

See the draft maps here.

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