Committee recommends new boundaries for crowded Pasco County elementary schools
With none of the controversy surrounding the redrawing of middle and high school boundaries in west Pasco County, a committee of parents and district officials has made its recommendation for new elementary school attendance zones in the Odessa-Land O'Lakes area.
The proposal, made in conjunction with the scheduled opening of Elementary B in the Bexley Ranch subdivision, would bring nearby Oakstead Elementary School below 1,000 students for the first time in nearly a decade. It also would reduce crowding at Odessa Elementary School, where enrollment has hovered just under 1,000 students.
The neighborhoods chosen to move into Elementary B from Oakstead and Odessa are Meadowbrook/Sierra Pines, Ivy Lake Estates, Swan View Townhomes, Tuscano at Suncoast, Ballantrae, Suncoast Meadows, Cypress Pointe, Suncoast Pointe and Hayman/Fuentes. The Bexley Ranch subdivision, which is still being built, also would be assigned to Elementary B.
Lake Myrtle Elementary, to the east, also would absorb some Oakstead neighborhoods. Those are Morsani, Woodville Palms, Cambridge/Lake Linda, Oakstead South, Meadowview/Country Close, Foxwood/Lake Heron and Cypress Grove/Village on the Pond.
Committee members chose their proposed map from among seven options, each of which was slightly different in terms of which neighborhoods would move where. [See the meeting packet for details.] They made their final choice based largely on math, aiming to give the greatest relief possible to both Odessa and Oakstead.
Under the recommended plan, Oakstead would have 765 students in its zone and Odessa would shrink to 565 students, while Elementary B would open with about 706. Lake Myrtle, which has sat at 69 percent capacity, would grow to 616 students, or 84 percent capacity.
The proposal next goes to a parent meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 1. The School Board must have two public hearings on the possible changes before taking its vote.