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Plans for performing arts center at Pasco County's newest school move ahead



Once planned to rise on the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus in Wesley Chapel, a state-funded performing arts center is getting closer to fruition at the county's newest high school instead.

PHSC trustees voted this week to enter into an agreement with the Pasco County school district to place the center at Cypress Creek Middle-High School, slated to open next fall on Old Pasco Road. The School Board approved the deal in December.

Originally conceived of as a $60 million building suitable for concerts, graduations and other large events in the growing Wiregrass Ranch subdivision, the project now looks to be a scaled back version focused primarily on performing arts in education. Its public uses would be more limited.

That's because the Legislature, which provided $15.5 million toward the project during the tenure of House Speaker Will Weatherford, a Wesley Chapel Republican, has not added any more money to the endeavor. And no more is anticipated.

The money is to be spent on the stated objective, though, so the two agencies have agreed to collaborate to get the biggest bang for the bucks. The school district had available land, leaving more cash for the building.

Deputy superintendent Ray Gadd told the School Board that the district and college will begin more formal discussions of how to get the center built, now that the agreement is in place. They have left room to look at other sites if any arise, but none is expected.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:31am]


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