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Few complaints on Pinellas elementary zones



The Pinellas school district's “listening session” last night on the proposed rezoning of some elementary schools drew four people, including two parents who were concerned about the potential new lines.

Leslie Craig, a mother of an upcoming kindergartner, will be rezoned for Woodlawn Elementary, an F school in St. Petersburg. She said she lives closer to Sexton Elementary, a B school, and would prefer her daughter to attend there. “I can’t understand why you would take students that have been zoned for an A/B school and put them in an F school,” she said.

Another parent, Julian Mata, is concerned that new zoning would force his children to attend a school that is also farther from home. Mata has one child at Westgate Elementary in St. Petersburg and an incoming kindergartner. Under rezoning, both children would possibly end up at Blanton Elementary. With only one family car, he said his wife cannot walk their children "miles" to and from school.

The school board has given initial approval to the elementary changes, which will affect 20 schools and about 400 incoming kindergarteners. The board is scheduled to finalize rezoning changes March 15.

Another listening session will be held on Monday at Countryside High School in Clearwater from 7 to 8:30 p.m To see maps showing the proposed rezoning changes go to and scroll down PCS news.

- Sabrina Rocco, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2011 2:25pm]


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