Pasco School Board approves new attendance zones, rejects charter applicant
With just one parent rising in opposition, the Pasco County School Board adopted new attendance boundaries for middle and high schools in eastern Pasco.
The changes are designed to ease crowding at John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High schools. The shifts will move students primarily into Wesley Chapel and Pasco high schools, and Weightman, Stewart and Pasco middle schools.
Board member Alison Crumbley said she hoped that the transfers will not deter parents from volunteering in their children's new schools. "Schools are better when parents participate," Crumbley said.
The board also rejected an application to open two single-gender charter schools. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino and her staff recommended the denial, suggesting that the applicant did not provide proof that it could meet its ambitious enrollment or budget goals.
"We have grave concerns about their budget and their ability to maintain a sustainable school," charter school supervisor Nancy Scowcroft said of the Franklin Academy proposal.
Representatives from Franklin Academy did not attend the board meeting.