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Busing proposal angers New Tampa parents

Clark Elementary School parents have scheduled their own town hall meeting to publicize their grievances regarding the possibility that University area students will be moved to Clark and Hunter's Green elementary schools.

The meeting, open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the West Meadows Community Club, 8401 New Tampa Blvd.

Organizers oppose the Hillsborough County School District's proposed busing plan, which would move hundreds of students from Shaw and Witter elementaries, crowded high-poverty schools, into the two New Tampa schools, which are under capacity.

Many New Tampa parents are just now finding out about this proposed busing plan via word-of-mouth, said Suzanne Sloss, who has two children at Clark.

"Every parent that I have spoken with regarding this issue is vehemently opposed for various reasons. We feel that the School Board has been secretive in pushing this through and has not considered the opinions of the parents in New Tampa," said Sloss, who is chairing the meeting.

But meeting with parents from schools that are receiving students is not a part of the district's protocol when redrawing attendance boundaries, said Steve Ayers, Hillsborough's director of pupil administrative services.

"We only hold meetings at the schools that will be losing students," said Ayers, who added that there are no plans to schedule additional meetings with Clark and Hunter's Green parents.

The busing proposal is scheduled to go before the School Board on April 15.

Amber Mobley can be reached at amobley@sptimes.com or (813) 169-5311.

Busing proposal angers New Tampa parents 03/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:06am]
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