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IB high for east Hillsborough?

Hillsborough school officials are looking into placing an International Baccalaureate program in the next new high school in the east county.

So does that mean the high school opening in 2009-10 at Interstate 4 and Gallagher Road gets one?

That was the word this morning when a group studying class size issues met. But nothing has been decided, said Susan King, the district's magnet supervisor.

She noted that Superintendent MaryEllen Elia promised the east Hillsborough community to seriously look into bringing an IB high school there. Right now, King High, located in Temple Terrace, is the closest option. Lincoln Elementary in Plant City recently began working to become an IB school.

King said there are no immediate plans to open another IB elementary school. The academically rigorous program is one of Hillsborough's most popular magnet options, but it is expensive to operate. And after the last state budget cut, the district isn't exactly flush with cash.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:41am]


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