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Specifics of school zoning are detailed

Here's a closer look at some of the specifics of the Pinellas CountySchool Board's decisions Wednesday on school zoning for next year.

Bay Point pupils who originally were slated to be reassigned to split sessions at the new Sawgrass Lake Elementary instead will be split between Shore Acres and Woodlawn elementaries.

Those who live in the area bounded by 54th Avenue S, 16th Street, 58th Avenue S and 20th Street will go to Woodlawn. Those who live in the area bounded by 54th Avenue S, 20th Street, 58th Avenue S and 22nd Street and those who live in the area bounded by 58th Avenue S, 16th Street, 62nd Avenue S and the east boundary of the Bay Point Elementary property will go to Shore Acres.

Lynch will stay off double sessions by assigning nine classrooms of pupils to the North Ward building. It had been suggested that some pupils also would have to be transferred temporarily to Campbell Park Elementary, too, but the board decided that wouldn't be necessary.

White students in the Lakewood areas being reassigned and black students in the Gandy area being rezoned will be able to stay at their current schools if they wish because they will help the racial balances there.

Under the current policy, any student attending a school with such a special attendance permit is ineligible for sports for one year. But Superintendent Rose said he will come back to the board soon with a plan to allow high school students who stay to help racial balance to be eligible for athletics the first year.

A plan to transfer 56 pupils from Plumb Elementary in Clearwater to Ponce de Leon and 44 pupils from Ponce de Leon to Largo Central was scrapped.

Pupils who live in the Palm Harbor area subdivisions of Mayfair Woods, Harbor Lakes, Arbor Glen and Barrington Oaks West will be able to stay at Palm Harbor Elementary next year instead of being assigned to split sessions at Garrison-Jones. The neighborhoods were on split sessions three years ago. The board said it would re-evaluate their placement next year.

The Braemoor Estates subdivision in the Dunedin area was assigned to Garrison-Jones Elementary as parents requested. Under the original proposal, the 27 pupils who live there would have gone to San Jose, which is farther from the homes.

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