Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough School Board to vote on shifting students, boundaries

NORTH TAMPA — Tuesday will be a day of reckoning for New Tampa and North Tampa families concerned about school boundaries.

Going before the board for approval is a proposal to move hundreds of students from crowded inner-city schools to the suburbs, and attendance boundary line changes that will shuffle students at five middle schools.

Parents have met both proposals with contention.

With no room to build out, the district is proposing to move 338 students next year from the largely low-income minority area of University Area into schools in predominantly white New Tampa: 156 Shaw students to Hunter's Green Elementary and 182 Witter students to Clark Elementary.

Some parents at Clark and Hunter's Green are upset the school system didn't ask for their advice, but did notify parents at Shaw and Witter. That process was in accordance with district policy of notifying only the schools that will lose students, said Steve Ayers, director of pupil administrative services.

The attendance boundaries for Sgt. Smith Middle, scheduled to open in August in Citrus Park, have been in the works for more than a year. Most parents appear content with the plan, which moves students around Davidsen, Farnell, Martinez, Walker and Webb middle schools.

But a large, vocal group of parents in the Bay Crest area are dead set against it. Those parents would rather send their kids to Farnell than Webb, alleging that Webb has a gang problem.

Amber Mobley can be reached at or (813) 269-5311.

>>if you go

Have your say

The Hillsborough County School Board is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the board's main building, 901 E Kennedy Blvd.

People can sign up online to speak directly to the board on the issues at

Public comment will begin at approximately 5 p.m.

Hillsborough School Board to vote on shifting students, boundaries 04/10/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2008 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Death toll, humanitarian crisis grow in Puerto Rico


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island.

    Crew members assess electrical lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Friday in Puerto Rico. Mobile communications systems are being flown in but “it’s going to take a while.”
  2. N. Korea says strike against U.S. mainland is 'inevitable'


    North Korea's foreign minister warned Saturday that a strike against the U.S. mainland is "inevitable" because President Donald Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname "little rocketman."

  3. All-eyes photo gallery: Florida State Seminoles loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack


    View a gallery of images from the Florida State Seminoles 27-21 loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack Saturday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles will face Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    Florida State Seminoles fans sing the fight song during the Florida State Seminoles game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on September 23, 2017, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.  At the half, North Carolina State Wolfpack 17, Florida State Seminoles 10.
  4. Helicopter, small aircraft collide at Clearwater Air Park


    CLEARWATER — Two people suffered minor injuries after a helicopter and a small aircraft collided late Saturday afternoon at Clearwater Air Park, 1000 N Hercules Ave.

    Clearwater Fire Department emergency personal douse a plane with fire retardant after the plane crashed into a helicopter at Clearwater Air Park 1000 N Hercules Ave. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. According to Clearwater Fire two people sustained minor injuries. [Photo by Clearwater Fire Department]
  5. 4-year-old girl, man injured in Clearwater Beach boating crash


    A 4-year-old girl was airlifted with serious injuries after a personal watercraft she was riding on collided with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach just before 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon.