Pasco schools lose students to Hillsborough
Pasco County school officials always expect to see students flow in and out with neighboring school districts. That's why they have an interlocal agreement for transfers in place.
The most recent numbers indicate that, for Pasco at least, the movement goes primarily one way -- out. And the majority of those leaving are headed to Hillsborough County.
"They're mostly people that work in Tampa ... and want to have their kids close by," Pasco director of student services Lizette Alexander said.
A report to the Pasco School Board shows that for this year, 1,243 students have received permission to transfer out of Pasco schools, while just 449 transferred in. (They primarily come from Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas.) The applications already have begun to come for 2012-13, and the trend remains the same. So far, 1,067 Pasco students have gotten transfers out, while 150 others have asked to enroll in Pasco.
These numbers come into play when the district looks at school choice applications from within, as well. Alexander said the district tries to ensure that seats are not given away to someone from out-of-county only to have Pasco students denied entry.
The district is in the middle of notifying parents of their school choice status. The process is expected to be done by mid-May.
What have your experiences been in securing school choice within Pasco, or to leave Pasco? The percentage of denials rose when class size requirements grew more stringent. Are you still feeling the pinch?