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Middle school boundary up for discussion

Residents will get a chance Tuesday night to voice their thoughts to Superintendent John Sanders on a change in middle school boundaries to accommodate the opening of the district's fourth middle school.

And Sanders might even be willing to hear suggestions for a school name at the informal forum.

District staff has recommended drawing lines that will pull pupils from Powell and West Hernando middle schools to the new school, which will be on the current Springstead High School West Campus on Deltona Boulevard.

Students who live in Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Hernando Beach, Bayport and the western part of Spring Hill would attend the school.

Parrott Middle School will continue to be the only school drawing from the eastern half of the county.

The district actually built what was supposed to be a fourth middle school four years ago.

But a lack of money prompted the School Board to move West Hernando Middle School from Deltona Boulevard to the new campus on Ken Austin Parkway.

The Deltona Boulevard campus was then converted into a satellite campus for Springstead High School's freshmen.

Four years later, however, the three existing middle schools are over capacity, so board members decided in February to follow through with their original plan and open the fourth middle school.

Assistant Superintendent Don Brown said in February that it will cost about $1.8-million to stock and staff the new school. A search is under way for a principal.

The meeting, in Springstead West's cafeteria, begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

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