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District may change Chamberlain High boundaries

TAMPA — Crowding at Chamberlain High has prompted Hills­borough school officials to consider changing its boundaries next school year.

The north Tampa school, over capacity by about 250 students, is not slated for relief as the district prepares to redraw boundaries at four neighboring schools to prepare for the August opening of Steinbrenner High in Lutz.

"I don't know if we can wait another year or not," said Bill Person, Hillsborough's general director for student placement, noting the crowding at Chamberlain.

He pledged to let the community know before winter holidays whether the district will try to change the Chamberlain attendance zone for the fall.

Some parents want to know why Chamberlain was left off the list of schools seeing review.

School officials are paying a consultant $140,000 to help develop attendance zones that balance transportation costs and school capacity — while closely watching student diversity — at nearby Sickles, Gaither, Alonso and Freedom high schools.

The district sought an impartial and data-driven approach to boundary changes, after prior internal methods drew criticism.

But it's too late to include Chamberlain in that process, Person said.

School officials would have to use traditional methods.

District may change Chamberlain High boundaries 12/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:48am]
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