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Pasco parents prepare for school rezonings



News that several Pasco County schools could have new attendance boundaries next fall has perked up parents in several communities.

As soccer fields and coffee shops, not to mention on social media, people have begun chatting about what might happen to their children if their neighborhoods are zoned into different schools.

The highest level of concern so far appears to be in the Trinity area, where two Facebook groups have popped up to keep track of the details as they emerge. So far, there's been little to do except wring hands, as school district officials have not published any documents or convened any boundary committees.

With little information to go on, parents have begun sending emails to the superintendent's office, saying they want to remain in the Mitchell High feeder pattern. With its enrollment again surging, Mitchell is likely to get new boundaries, with some students sent to other high schools that are far below their capacity.

One group suggested the district first audit Mitchell's student registrations, to determine if all students actually live in the existing zone or have an approved choice application into the school.

"We are very devastated because of this plan as we moved here just for the schools," parent Tony Durso wrote to the district, echoing a common view.

For their part, district planners have cautioned families not to worry too soon. In the past, entire neighborhoods have mobilized based on rumors, only to see no changes emerge to their schools.

At the same time, planning director Chris Williams wrote to one parent, the need to ease crowding will affect someone.

"The bottom line is, with more growth coming," Williams wrote. "Mitchell High cannot continue to climb much above 2200 students. So the question becomes, what areas make the most sense to be rezoned to surrounding schools?"

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:01am]


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