Pasco school zone committees finish their work
Committees of parents and educators have worked since May to redraw the attendance zones of all the middle and high schools in west Pasco County. Their work is now complete, and their recommendations next head to parent meetings in September and October.
The goal of the work is to balance enrollment at all the schools, some of which have been well over their built capacity while others have never come close. At the same time, the committees aimed to streamline feeder patterns, so children who start kindergarten together might be more likely to finish high school together.
To accomplish this task, thousands of students could see themselves in new schools when the 2010-11 academic year begins. Huge swaths of northwest Pasco would be reassigned to different high schools (including a new one), while the middle school changes would affect several different areas throughout the region.
If that's not enough movement for you, just wait. The district next plans to redraw elementary zones in the Trinity-Odessa area as it prepares to open a new school nearby.
It's not too early to voice your views to the district (though remember the offices are closed Fridays). The School Board is expected to consider the whole slate of map moves in the late fall.
- Jeff Solochek