Pasco schools prepare for another round of new schools
Not so long ago, the Pasco County school district stood among the nation's fastest growing, adding thousands of students annually and opening 30 new schools from 1998-2010.
Then the expansion stopped. People stopped building homes, the recession took hold, and enrollment flattened out.
Until last year. The district added about 1,300 students in 2013-14, and projects to do the same again in the coming year. That means it needs more seats.
So in addition to planning several long-needed renovation projects, mostly funded by a renewed Penny for Pasco sales tax, the district is preparing to build new schools again for the first time in half a decade. Read more here.