South Pinellas schools continue to resegregate
Many south Pinellas schools continue to resegregate along racial lines, with nine of 14 schools that were majority-black becoming more so this year, according to the district’s latest official counts. That's no surprise, given the return to neighborhood schools, but the numbers still reiterate how fast things have changed - and for some schools, how much more challenging things have become.
The percentage of black students this year moved from 86 percent to 90 percent at Fairmount Park Elementary, from 78 percent to 84 percent at Melrose Elementary and from 79 percent to 83 percent at Lakewood Elementary.
The biggest one-year jump came at Campbell Park Elementary, where the percentage of black students moved from 64 percent to 74 percent. In 2007, the percentage of black students at those schools was 61, 56, 59 and 47 percent, respectively. It was capped at 42 percent before that under the district's old choice plan.
|Bay Point Middle||43||52||56||60|
|Campell Park ES||47||56||64||74|
|Fairmount Park ES||61||69||86||90|
|Bear Creek ES||44||47||53||53|