Never too soon
Sure, their kids just started prekindergarten. But some Hillsborough parents of preschoolers already have begun checking out their kindergarten options. And some we know have serious worries. One mom took one look at her assigned school's report card and demographic breakdown and, though she loves her home and neighborhood, immediately started talking about where her family would move.
Thing is, many parents whose first children will enter the public school system next year don't know much about the district's extensive school choice system. Folks in that department advise that families will have several options, both with and without busing, besides their neighborhood school. Besides magnets, the district also will have open choice to schools with vacant seats.
They tell the Gradebook that parents are welcome to call the department at 813-272-4692 for individual guidance, or to visit the web site for answers to frequently asked questions. But it's too early, they add, for the district to know what schools will be open in fall 2008.
The first enrollment period begins in December.