Pasco School Board agrees to buy land for future high school on SR 54 corridor
After years spent searching, the Pasco County School Board has found a piece of land it can afford in the booming central State Road 54 corridor.
It plans to build a new high school on the 76.3-acre site just east of Gunn Highway and north of SR 54. The parcel is close to the growing Asturia subdivision.
"Sites that we might have preferred were just quite frankly out of our ability to purchase," said board chairman Allen Altman, who sits on the district's site selection committee. "It is strategically located just exactly where we need one."
The board recently approved new attendance boundaries in the area, aimed at easing crowding at Mitchell and Sunlake high schools. It does not have money for new school construction, but Altman said the goal is to have this property available when it has adequate funds available.
The site is surplus county government property, previously used as a spray field to disperse rising water. The district agreed to buy the land for $750,000.
Other parcels in the area were asking for close to $200,000 per acre, Altman said. "This site has planned roads that will give us access, that we hope will be completed by the time we have money for construction."
The School Board has asked county commissioners to increase school impact fees on new home construction, to generate more revenue for new schools such as this one. An advisory committee has yet to hold its first meeting on the proposal.