The Pasco County School Board voted Tuesday to buy 10 acres for $15,000 to build an elementary school on Plathe Road, between Rowan and Little roads. The district also will obtain an additional 28.8 acres, whose value will be decided by a jury of Pasco residents at a trial, probably early next year. The district had filed an eminent domain lawsuit against the O.J. Harvey Revocable Trust, the land owner, to obtain the property. Trustees had not wanted to sell to the district because the original piece of property targeted as a school site was in the center of a 140-acre parcel. Trustees argued that taking that site would devalue the surrounding land, for which a residential community is planned. Under the agreement, the school site has been moved to the west. A hearing has been set for Thursday afternoon, during which Circuit Judge Lowell Bray is expected to issue an order allowing the district to take the nearly 40 acres.
A lecture on diet and good health by Patrick Hanley is scheduled for today at Meadowbrook Terrace, 7220 Baillie Drive in New Port Richey. A headline Tuesday gave an incorrect date.