Pasco district doesn't find traffic problems for neighbors opposing school rezoning
In early November, parents from Wesley Chapel's Arbor Woods subdivision complained that a proposal to send their children to a different elementary school would throw them into unacceptable traffic snarls.
A few days later, Pasco district officials sent a team to see just how bad the problem would be if the families drove west to Denham Oaks Elementary, rather than west to Seven Oaks Elementary where they're currently zoned.
While the families might have legitimate concerns about changing schools, officials found, traffic didn't appear to be one of those.
Taking two routes to Denham Oaks from the neighborhood, district specialists found traffic from the new outlet mall on State Road 56 to have little to no effect on the drive, given the time of day when school begins and ends. The traffic light pattern on SR 56 did lengthen the commute, though, in comparison to taking County Line Road, which has fewer lights and cars.
Specialists suggested that County Line Road would be the preferred path.
The district administration has not recommended final attendance zones for the region, which has a new elementary school opening in the fall. The School Board is expected to consider a proposal in December, so families who want changes can apply for school choice in the winter.