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Two east Hillsborough schools are planned to relieve crowded Stowers

Stowers Elementary School is operating at 111 percent capacity despite this year's boundary change. Two new schools should help

Stowers Elementary School is operating at 111 percent capacity despite this year's boundary change. Two new schools should help

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October

To the surprise of no one, Stowers Elementary School in FishHawk Ranch is still crowded.

An attendance boundary change, approved as a compromise after parent groups disagreed about which children should move and which should stay, sent 98 students to Bevis and 59 to Pinecrest elementary schools.

The expectation was that Stowers would continue to operate at 101 to 115 percent of capacity.

Turns out, as of the 20 day enrollment count, the school is at 111 percent.

"Staff continues to monitor growth and enrollments at Stowers as well as at the other elementary schools in the surrounding region, many of which are also at or over capacity," district staff wrote in an agenda item for the Oct. 18 School Board meeting. "This general area, including Fishhawk West and many other new communities comprise one of the fastest growing areas in the Tampa Bay area."

Two new elementary schools are planned to provide relief.

What is now called "Elementary C" is expected open for the 2017-18  in the Triple Creek subdivision. A campaign is now under way to name the school.

Next up is "Elementary D," with no name as of yet, for 2018-2019.

Parent and community meetings are planned in November or December.

[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2016 2:04pm]

    

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