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Rezoning committee considers boundaries for south-central Pasco elementary schools



With little drama, a committee of parents and school district officials took the first steps Monday toward creating an attendance zone for new Elementary B in the Bexley Ranch subdivision that also eases crowding at nearby Oakstead and Odessa elementary schools.

Oakstead, the county's largest elementary, has about 330 more students attending than it has seats for. Odessa has about 240 more students than it is built to hold.

The group also considered moving some students from Oakstead into Lake Myrtle Elementary, which sits at about 80 percent of its capacity.

The areas targeted for Elementary B are Bexley Ranch, Ballantrae, Suncoast Meadows, Sierra Pines and Suncoast Point. The group wants to look more closely at adding Ivy Lake Estates, Tuscano and Swan View into the mix, as well, district planning director Chris Williams said.

"Those are the ones they were kind of wrestling with," Williams said.

The communities under review to transfer into Lake Myrtle are Lake Linda, Cypress Cove, Foxwood, Meadowview, Woodville Palms, Oakstead South and Morsani.

No decisions have been made, Williams said. See the committee's agenda packet of materials for more details.

Next up, the committee reviewing new middle and high school boundaries for the Wesley Chapel area reconvenes Thursday for its second meeting. At its first session, the panel devised some tentative zones, but it did not complete its critical task of relieving crowding at Wiregrass Ranch High and John Long Middle.

The group had little appetite for relocating students in the two schools' most populous communities of Seven Oaks and Meadow Pointe, which could make its next get-together more difficult. 

A third committee to redraw zones for Trinity-area middle and high schools, meanwhile, has yet to meet. Some parents in that area have urged the district not to act, while others back the effort. Officials expect a packed room for that event.

The School Board must make any final boundary changes. It is expected to take its vote in January.

[Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 2:23pm]


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