Pasco School Board to consider buying 22 acres for $2.2 million
With an eye toward future growth along State Road 54, the Pasco County School Board on Tuesday will consider the purchase of 22 acres just east of the Suncoast Parkway for a new elementary school. (Agenda item)
Developers have approvals in hand to build thousands of new homes and apartments in the corridor between the parkway and US 41. The schools in the area already are near or above capacity, and the district has just one site in hand to handle the potential overflow.
District officials say they need three to meet the projected demand.
"The need definitely is coming," said board chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong, also a real estate agent. "We were a high-growth county before the recession. I don't see any reason to believe we won't be one again in the future."