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Parents to Pasco: We're not interested in switching high schools



When Pasco County opens Fivay High School in Hudson next fall, the School Board will rezone about 1,200 students to fill the its seats. Other school shifts are planned as the boundaries move, to keep enrollments even.

At least one community says it doesn't want a change.

Parents in the Suncoast Lakes subdivision -- just off SR 52 west of the Suncoast Parkway -- plan to meet at their clubhouse tonight to talk about how they might persuade the board to not move their 57 high school-age students from River Ridge High, which they like, to Hudson High, which they don't.

"I can't think of anybody who is going to want their kids to be moved ... to an underachieving high school," parent Sergio Sierra told the Gradebook.

District planning director Chris Williams said the committee that drew the boundary map considered this question, and decided it would be best to move the subdivision because the children there attend Mary Giella Elementary, which feeds into Crews Lake Middle, which feeds into Hudson High.

"It makes sense, feeder pattern-wise, for them to go to Hudson High School," Williams said.

Still, he delivered maps to the meeting organizers and encouraged them to contact the School Board as it moves toward its vote on the zones.

"The School Board may see it differently," Williams said. "But the committee has already addressed that issue."

Board member Joanne Hurley said she hadn't heard complaints from any parents, but added that the district is working to eliminate any educational disparities among the high schools.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]


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