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State-funded performing arts center could head to new Pasco County high school



Two years ago, Florida lawmakers began funnelling millions of dollars to Pasco-Hernando State College for a performing arts center in Wesley Chapel.

The project, boosted by then-House speaker Will Weatherford of Wesley Chapel, got $15.5 million during Weatherford's two year term at the top. Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the 2016 installment, amid expectations that no more funding would come.

Questions began to arise over what might happen to the project, which was to include the college and Pasco school district.

It's now looking as if the center might become part of the district's newest high school, GGG, on Old Pasco Road. Deputy superintendent Ray Gadd presented the idea to college trustees this week, and said he received strong support for the concept.

Gadd said several of the trustees intended to visit the site this week, and the two entities could have an agreement within a week.

The lateness of the discussion means that any new performing arts center would not be ready in time for GGG's opening next fall, superintendent Kurt Browning said. If everything goes smoothly, he said, the center could be ready in late 2017 or early 2018.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:30pm]


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