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One more chance



The Pasco County School Board doesn't usually reconsider attendance zone boundaries that come to it through its lengthy committee process. But some Meadow Pointe II parents convinced the board today that they didn't have any voice in the system that would force their kids out of Sand Pine Elementary into new Double Branch Elementary School, against their desire. After conferring with superintendent Heather Fiorentino and board attorney Dennis Alfonso, board chairwoman Marge Whaley announced that the district would reconvene the boundary committee for Double Branch to include parents from the community in question. "I can't promise we're going to come up with solutions ... but we'll do the best we can," Fiorentino said, noting that allowing Sand Pine to remain over 150 percent capacity is not a desirable option. Tracy Spataro, one of the parents who complained, said she was satisfied with the outcome. "That was one of our requests," she said. The board is scheduled to finalize the boundaries for Double Branch and four other schools in two weeks.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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