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Let the rezoning process run its course, Pasco board members say



Dozens of Trinity parents again filled the Pasco School Board chambers Tuesday, renewing their request to put off plans to draw new attendance boundaries for west county middle and high schools.

At least two people asked the board to take an off-agenda vote officially ending any rezoning for this year.

The board roundly rejected that idea, even while acknowledging that some speakers had legitimate concerns and some solid alternative ideas. Board member Steve Luikart said the planning process, which begins Wednesday morning, should take place before the board takes any action.

"Then we can look at the recommendations and decide," Luikart said.

He suggested that a year delay could have little effect except to exacerbate crowding at Mitchell High and Seven Springs Middle, are expected to give students to other area schools with hundreds of open seats. It takes several years to plan and build classroom wings or new schools, Luikart observed.

"I'm not sure what a year would get us," he said.

School district officials expect a large crowd again when the boundary committee meets Wednesday. Observers will be allowed to watch but not participate.

We will bring live updates from that committee meeting on Twitter @jeffsolochek. The school district plans to live-cast the session on its Facebook page.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 3:22pm]


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