Pinellas student assignment plan may be delayed a year
"There are just too many unanswered questions for us as an administrative team," Wilcox said at a hastily called news conference just minutes before the board’s regular meeting at 5 p.m.
The board asked for the change at an afternoon workshop, and it raised a number of new issues, the superintendent said.
The change that sparked the delay: Four board members, a majority, said that a certain percentage of students who live close to all magnet and fundamental schools should get priority over other students during the admissions process.
He said there was a "real likelihood" the plan would be delayed until the 2009-10 school year. It was to start next school year, with assignments being made starting in February.
Wilcox said he would ask the board tonight to schedule a meeting next Tuesday.
- Thomas C. Tobin, Times education reporter