Be up front about Land O'Lakes High plans, parents urge Pasco school district
Plans to upend Land O'Lakes High School for needed remodeling remain a year away, but that hasn't stopped some parents from agitating for more details now.
They've begun collecting signatures on an online petition, in which they demand to know more about the administration's preparations and discussions to relocate the school's 1,800 students during demolition and construction.
"We do NOT agree with the School District's plan to grossly disrupt the education of our children by relocating them to different schools for the 2017-2018 school year," the document reads. "As parents, we have sacrificed and endured a lot of hardships to ensure that we give our children the proper complete high school experience. This completely undermines all of that."
At a basic level, they simply want to be included in the decision making, and not told after the fact what will happen.
"We just feel this whole process has not been very transparent and its going to affect our kids and more importantly their education," organizer Abhi Visuvasam wrote in an email to the Gradebook. "I have a lot of support already, and more coming."
So far, nearly 200 people have signed. Many have written comments saying they do not want disruptions to their children's education, and suggesting alternatives such as portables, for which the district has said it lacks space; an alternate bell schedule that works around construction times; or simply doing the work with the children in place, which district officials have said would extend the project length and expense.
Superintendent Kurt Browning said his operations team is continuing to explore approaches to the project, but didn't have any answers yet. He expected to put forth a plan for consideration within weeks.