Pasco school planners project another year of enrollment growth
The Pasco County school district's planning department has issued its final 2016-17 average daily membership projections, and the numbers continue to increase.
A month ago, when officials were putting the documents together, they estimated that the district would have 1,144 more students than this year.
Now, they're anticipating growth of 1,311 students. That would put the total at 66,042.
The way the students would be distributed, 26 campuses would be frozen to school choice because they would be over their built capacity. Some other schools, meanwhile, would have hundreds of open seats available.
The district plans to open Wiregrass Elementary in the fall, to ease crowding at some Wesley Chapel area schools. It also is building a new middle-high school in east Pasco to help reduce the load in that growth area.
With the numbers set, the superintendent's staff next intends to determine how many teachers each school will need for the coming year. The allocation effort is supposed to be done in April.