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'We will keep parents informed' about Land O'Lakes High plans, superintendent says

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Parents with children at Land O'Lakes High School have planned to fill the Pasco School Board meeting Tuesday evening, to voice their concerns about plans to relocate students during major renovations next fall.

They've said they don't welcome the disruption, and they'd appreciate being involved in the discussions -- not just told about them.

Hoping to forestall the criticism, superintendent Kurt Browning issued a statement on Facebook late Monday, letting people know the district hasn't made any concrete decisions about how to manage the project.

"We are considering several options, and as with the previous schools, the decision will be based on what will cause the least disruption, what is logistically feasible, what is the wisest use of taxpayer funds, and what will be the safest choice for students and staff," Browning wrote.

He promised a parent meeting as the effort moves ahead, and pledged the school's administration "will keep parents informed" along the way. The district also will post information on its website.

We'll let you know how things turn out at tonight's meeting.

UPDATE: About a dozen Land O'Lakes High parents came to the School Board meeting, demanding to be more involved and informed in the planning for their school renovations.

"It is understood when this renovation occurs, it will come with some type of disruption," football booster club president Richard Geiger said. "The question I have is, to what level? and, who will contribute to the decision to the extent of this disruption."

Browning told the group that the district cannot complete its project for $21 million with students in place. To let the campus continue running during construction, it would cost about 30 percent more, he said.

As to the answer, he stressed that no decisions have been made.

"We will be formulating a plan in the next couple of weeks and we will be communicating that plan," he said. "Stay tuned."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:44pm]

    

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