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Two new STEM magnets announced for Pasco County



Pasco County middle school students will have two new choices for 2015-16.

Superintendent Kurt Browning told principals on Monday that Bayonet Point Middle School in New Port Richey, closed for construction this year, will reopen as a STEM magnet in the fall. Because the district wants to offer equal access to programs throughout the county, Centennial Middle School in Dade City will offer a STEM magnet program, as well.

Centennial has been seeking new rigorous and engaging programs for students.

"There still are details to be worked out, but we wanted principals to know about these changes in advance of our public announcement," Browning said in his memo to school leaders. "Some of your schools will be affected by the opening of these STEM programs, and we are counting on you to support this effort to offer students and parents as many educational options as we can."

STEM was the most popular theme for parents in a recent district survey, along with performing and visual arts. Browning and the School Board have said they want to expand traditional school choice for families in the district, which did not have any magnet schools until this year.

[Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 12:05pm]


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