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Hillsborough prepares for Temple Terrace pre-IB elementary magnet school

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January

Over several years, the Hillsborough school district has looked for ways to keep Temple Terrace residents attending their neighborhood schools rather than using choice options to go elsewhere. Some in Temple Terrace have been so unhappy that they've even floated the idea of seceding from the district to create their own.

Hoping to address such concerns, the school district has proposed turning Riverhills Elementary School into a pre-International Baccalaureate magnet for the fall of 2013. 

The first step is to redraw the attendance boundaries of all the area elementary schools, to accommodate the change. Temple Terrace, Kimbell and Lewis elementary schools would take in the approximately 400 children assigned to Riverhills (interestingly, only about half of those in the Riverhills zone actually go there, according to the district).

Lewis and Temple Terrace would have to be closed to choice applications as a result of the shift.

The Hillsborough School Board is scheduled to consider redrawn boundaries when it meets Tuesday. See the agenda item here. Does the creation of a new magnet school sound like a good solution to the concerns in Temple Terrace?

[Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 2:29pm]

    

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