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Pasco school district to look at new attendance boundaries for east side



John Long Middle School is bursting at the seams. So is neighboring Wiregrass Ranch High.

Combined, the schools have nearly 4,000 students in buildings built for about 800 students fewer than that. And despite Pasco County’s overall decline in enrollment, these two schools continue to receive new families.

Yet nearby Pine View and Stewart middle schools, and Wesley Chapel High, have hundreds of available seats.

School district officials are preparing to even things out.

“We’re looking at rezoning over there,” superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the Gradebook. “We’ll be doing the whole east side, from US 41 on.”

A committee is forming, with a meeting schedule in the works to begin later in September or early in October. The district created new attendance zones for west side schools last year. The effort generated some of the strongest parent complaints in years. Any thoughts as to how much complaining the proposals will draw out in east Pasco?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 4:43pm]


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