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Inverness Middle may see transfers

Citrus school officials are considering drawing students from several neighborhoods just north of Inverness Middle School to balance enrollment at the new Citrus Springs middle school when it opens this fall.

Parents in the Turner Camp Road area, Point Lonesome, Magnolia Beach Park, Rooks Mobile Home Park, Cypress Shores and Sportsman's Park areas _ all within 2 miles of the existing school _ were notified in letters Friday that their children might move from Inverness Middle School to the new school.

Those areas include potentially 53 more students for the new school, bringing it up to the target of 550 to 600 students when it opens this fall.

The move came after a meeting of the district's rezoning committee early Friday, according to Bonnie Skrove, executive director of educational services.

As the committee has worked to carve out attendance boundaries, the group has tried to avoid moving any children within 2 miles of an existing school. But several of the latest areas under consideration are within the 2-mile radius of Inverness Middle School.

"The concentration (of students) around Inverness Middle School makes it difficult to find population to relieve Inverness Middle School without coming in close to the school," Skrove said.

The committee considered the southern portions of the Inverness school boundaries, but any additional changes in that area would create longer bus rides, she said.

Parents from the neighborhoods now being examined have been invited to a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Inverness Middle School. School officials have conducted similar meetings at the school as well as Lecanto and Crystal River middle schools and Citrus Springs Elementary School.

The rezoning committee on Friday discussed comments made by parents at those meetings.

The committee will meet again March 15 and may make final up to three draft attendance maps to forward to Superintendent Carl Austin.

The School Board will hold a workshop on the rezoning at 6 p.m. March 22 that will include a public hearing and possible approval of the attendance zones.