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Pasco County Commission, School Board agree to share more facilities



For years, Pasco County school and county government leaders have talked about how to make better use of the public education and recreation facilities throughout the community.

A kickball field at Connerton Elementary School was the first foray. Talk has swirled since 2013 of a joint library-park complex with a K-8 school in the Starkey Ranch subdivision.

This month, the two agencies took steps to formalize such projects with a "master agreement" for joint use of public property. The School Board approved the document on Tuesday, two weeks after the commission adopted it.

The agreement sets forth roles and responsibilities each government would assume when they establish such projects, which are not uncommon in other counties. But it does not get into details of specific deals.

"Every situation where we do it would be unique, and require a board and commission sub-agreement," said deputy superintendent Ray Gadd, a key proponent of the idea.

The School Board made only one amendment to the agreement, handing the superintendent of schools authority to deal with disputes, rather than area superintendents, as had been suggested. With that, the board unanimously backed the concept.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:48am]


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