Pinellas received so much interest in its newest elementary schools that officials have decided to create an additional kindergarten class at Gulf Beaches Elementary.
Both Gulf Beaches in St. Pete Beach and Kings Highway Elementary in Clearwater are reopening this fall as countywide tech magnets.
After last month's initial application period, both schools had wait lists for kindergarten. Bill Lawrence, director of student assignment, said it's typical for new schools to see the greatest number of applications at entry grades like kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade.
The schools are currently accepting applications for open seats in other grades, during the district's late application period. All students who applied for grades 1 - 5 in the initial period were invited to attend.
Pinellas expects to name the new principals this week.