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Fourth of Ruskin Elementary students heading for Cypress Creek

RUSKIN — It's official: About one-fourth of Ruskin Elementary's students will attend Cypress Creek Elementary next year.

The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved the switch to relieve overcrowding at Ruskin, which is at nearly twice its capacity.

In turn, several hundred students from Cypress Creek and Wimauma will be shifted to the new Doris Ross Reddick Elementary in the Valencia Lakes subdivision. The school is scheduled to open in August.

Steven Ayers, who oversees pupil assignment for the Hillsborough County schools, first revealed the Ruskin-Cypress Creek plan to about 30 parents at Ruskin Elementary on Feb. 27.

A handful spoke out against it. They said they were concerned that students who live right across the street from Ruskin Elementary would be bused north to Cypress Creek.

Ayers told them the boundaries were drawn in a way that would take in the most students.

Ayers said the plan that went to the School Board on Tuesday was the same one he presented in Ruskin. No parents spoke out against it at the board meeting.

Ruskin is one of the most overcrowded schools in Hillsborough County. School officials said the problem is a result of both the class-size amendment, which forced classes to become smaller, and the fact that part of the school was deteriorated and had to be torn down.

In other news, the board confirmed that Apollo Beach Elementary's assistant principal Jamie Gerding will become principal at the school.

Jan Wesner can be reached at or 661-2439.

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