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Site selected for new Pasco elementary school



The Pasco County school district has two distinct growth areas along the State Road 54 corridor -- Wesley Chapel and Trinity/Odessa.

Its new elementary school in Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Elementary, is well under construction and set to open in the fall. And now the school district has a site for its next elementary in the Trinity/Odessa area.

The School Board is set to accept the conveyance of 18 acres in the Bexley Ranch subdivision, just north of where Ballantrae Boulevard ends, when it meets Tuesday. The district would acquire the property for impact fee credits at 115% of the Pasco County Property Appraiser's value.

It's part of a development agreement for the residential community, which is slated to eventually have more tha 11,000 single family units and 1,100 multi-family units. And it would be the first of several school sites needed to accommodate all that growth.

The initial project is known as Elementary B for now, and it would take families from the new homes as well as ease crowding at nearby Odessa and Oakstead elementary schools. The district anticipates opening Elementary B for the 2017-18 academic year.

See the board documents for more details.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:57pm]


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