Opposition is strong as Pasco panel begins to redraw school zones in Trinity

Published October 5 2016
Updated October 5 2016

TRINITY — Pasco County's effort to keep up with rapid growth by reconfiguring school zones continues today with a high-profile discussion about crowded Mitchell High and Seven Springs Middle.

Opponents have been mobilizing since August after learning that the School Board planned to draw new attendance zones for middle and high schools serving their west Pasco County subdivisions.

Their goal: To prevent their homes from being removed from the Mitchell and Seven Springs zones, and placed into neighboring schools that had hundreds of vacant seats. They created a steering committee to research issues such as housing and population growth, began investigating how many students were attending the schools from outside the zone using false addresses, and more.

Parents inundated board members and superintendent Kurt Browning with emails making their case, and filled board meetings asking for a delay in any decision.

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District officials told the families that no decisions had been made, and encouraged them to let the boundary drawing process run its course. That effort begins at 7:30 a.m. today at Seven Springs Middle, where an advisory committee of parents and school district staff will have its first meeting.

That group is charged with changing the zones so that enrollments are more evenly balanced, taking into account issues such as neighborhood integrity, transportation routes and student demographics.

Trinity is one of three areas being considered for school rezonings as Pasco officials work to finalize school boundaries by early next year.

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