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Most crowded schools also are most requested for Pasco County school choice



More than 2,800 students requested reassignment to a Pasco County school other than the one they're zoned to attend for 2011-12 during the district's month-long school choice application season.

Of those, nearly 10 percent asked to go to one of three schools that are among the district's most crowded and hence least likely to accept choice transfers. Two of the three -- Wiregrass Ranch High and John Long Middle -- have been so over capacity that the School Board has redrawn their boundaries to reduce enrollment to levels that would still require portables.

The third, Seven Oaks Elementary, feeds into those schools and has been among Pasco's largest elementary schools since it opened.

The student services department has yet to make its final determination on each application. District spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli acknowledged that the requests to get into crowded schools are unlikely to be approved, but added that each case will be considered individually based on the district's new, more restrictive school choice rules.

For the current school year, nearly half of all choice requests were ultimately rejected because of class size concerns. That rate is not expected to decrease much, unless district officials decide to ignore class size rules.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:35am]


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