Make us your home page
Instagram

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 amobley@sptimes.com 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 apps1.sdhc.k12.fl.us/boardagenda/search/Agenda_Print.asp?BD_MTG_ID=291

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

Loading...
  1. A Taste of Tampa Bay: Noble Crust in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Noble Crust opened on north 4th Street in St. Petersburg, an area light on ambitious restaurants, in 2015. Chef Rob Reinsmith and his team are serving up a blend of southern cuisine and Italian-style cooking, including the restaurant's signature fried chicken. The Noble Crust brand recently expanded beyond its St. …

    Pizza at Noble Crust. [Photo by MONICA HERNDON | TIMES]
  2. HomeTeam 100: Players 11-20

    Footballpreps

    Armwood wide receiver Warren Thompson is seen during the spring football jamboree at Plant City High School in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
  3. Bar review: Cheap drinks do fine at the Joint in St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    The Tyrone area of St. Petersburg is a little light on drinking spots, so the locals must have been happy when a long-running neighborhood spot — formerly Donk's Sports Tavern and Double J's Sports Bar — reopened earlier this year as the Joint.

    Patrons sit at the bar in the Joint in St. Petersburg.
  4. Local Craft Beer of the Week: Fireberry Tea Ale, Sea Dog Brewing Co.

    Bars & Spirits

    Clearwater's Sea Dog Brewing Co. doesn't get enough credit. Most craft beer drinkers familiar with the near-ubiquitous Sea Dog and Shipyard brands, which have been brewed in Maine since the early '90s, erroneously conclude that the Clearwater location is more of the same. But this location, opened in 2013, features its …

    Justin Grant/Special to tbt*
  5. Jeff Bezos tops Bill Gates as world's richest person — for now

    Corporate

    A surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer's earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world's richest person, according to a Bloomberg report.

    Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, discusses his Blue Origin reusable rocket project in Colorado Springs in April. A bump in the price of Amazon shares in July of 2017 was enough to move  Bezos above Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, who has topped Forbes' billionaires list 18 out of the last 23 years. 
(Nick Cote | The New York Times]