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Pasco district officials look closer at improved student address verification



Threatened with being zoned out of their preferred school attendance zones, several west Pasco County parents have implored district leaders to make sure all students in the schools belong there before changing any boundaries.

They've contended several children are enrolled using false addresses.

On Tuesday, School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso announced that the administration has begun working to on a process to verify where the students live. Several principals and district-level staff have met, Alfonso said, to explore the best ways to approach the need.

"It's something in the works," he told the board.

He did not anticipate, though, that any new procedure would be in place before the board decides upon new attendance zones. Neither did he expect that the district would focus its effort on single schools.

"The problem is one that has to be addressed, really, from a districtwide level and not school by school," Alfonso said.

Parents who attended the session said they were glad to know the administration is looking into the situation. They were displeased, however, that the rezoning appeared likely to move forward before the schools can determine how many children don't belong in them.

The committee tasked with creating new boundaries for southwest Pasco middle and high schools is scheduled to meet again Monday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 1:36pm]


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