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Pasco school officials, parents tackle east side attendance zones



Close to three dozen parents, mostly from the Seven Oaks subdivision, attended the initial meeting of the Pasco school district's boundary committee meeting to redraw attendance zones for eastern Pasco County. This in itself was unusual, as in the past such meetings have drawn almost no crowd at all.

After viewing the preliminary maps, the Seven Oaks families breathed a little easier, though they said they wouldn't feel safe until the deal is sealed. The proposals to move children out of severely crowded John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High included almost no children from their community for the time being

"As long as they stick with this, it's good," said Carol Sakowski, whose daughter is a Wiregrass Ranch High freshman.

The focus centered instead on the New River communties on the eastern side of the schools' boundaries. Committee members discussed how the shifts might occur -- whether the students should go to Stewart Middle and Zephyrhills High, or Pasco Middle and Pasco High.

Members asked for additional data on student numbers, demographics, bus routes and related issues before making any decisions. They planned to meet again on Nov. 1 at Wiregrass Ranch before conducting public hearings leading up to an expected School Board vote in early 2011. Assistant superintendent Jim Davis said the expectation was to create plans that don't need changing for five to seven years.

The maps and data that the committee receieved Monday is to be posted on the district website as early as Tuesday morning.

[Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 4:09pm]


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