Pasco long-range school building needs outstrip revenue sources
Looking out 12 years, the Pasco County school district sees about $1.12 billion in needed construction and related projects.
With state funding for such efforts eliminated a second straight year, Pasco officials don't expect to have anywhere near the amount of money it would take to do all the work. Even if voters renew the county's Penny for Pasco sales tax -- no certain thing, to be sure -- the district finance team anticipates revenue for capital projects of $812 million.
The staff has listed what it sees as priorities going forward. The ones on top include:
- Cypress Elementary, remodel, $4.3 million
- Schrader Elementary, redevelop, $10 million
- West Zephyrhills Elementary, redevelop, $8.2 million
- Bayonet Point Middle, remodel, $14.5 million
- R.B. Stewart Middle, remodel, $4.5 million
- Irvin Education Center, redevelop, $5 million
- Marchman Education Center, remodel, $7.1 million
- Land O Lakes High, redevelop, $20.6 million
- Moore Mickens Education Center, redevelop, $5 million
Now it's the School Board's turn to see if it agrees. The board plans to have a workshop on construction and maintenance Tuesday, at which time it will begin to fashion its priorities, too. What work do you see in Pasco schools that needs attention the most?