New programs on horizon for Pasco County schools
Pasco County school district leaders have begun serious talks to bring a performing and fine arts magnet to River Ridge High, School Board member Alison Crumbley told the Gradebook.
"This is very seriously happening, and yet nobody knows it," said Crumbley, who has advocated for such a program since she first won election. "I feel like this will help people relax and calm down, and take a look at options that are coming to them."
She referred to the concerns that many parents have raised over the specter of having their children zoned into different middle and high schools in southwest Pasco, to alleviate crowding in some and fill open seats in others. Crumbley noted that the creation of an arts magnet has garnered high interest in parent surveys, and suggested it could help make any transition easier.
District officials also have talked about bringing the accelerated Cambridge Program to Anclote High and Paul R. Smith Middle, which also face rezoning. San Antonio Elementary on the east side also has applied to join Cambridge, feeding into existing programs at Pasco Middle and Pasco High.
Crumbley was hopeful that the ongoing discussions on the arts magnet would gain a fast track, and appeal to the community that has grown divided over attendance boundaries.
"I see people are really over-the-top upset right now," she said. "We really are working on some solutions right now that are going to be really good."