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Public hearing to discuss Lutz high school site

School officials on Thursday scheduled a public workshop for May 14 in Lutz as one of the first formal steps toward selecting a high school site there.

They also announced a list of four, and probably five, potential sites. The selections broaden an intense debate in Lutz, which in recent months had focused chiefly on only two of the sites, by dusting off two other sites in eastern Lutz that seemed to have been shelved for the last year.

The Hillsborough school system has been searching for a high school site for a year and a half in the area. The school is needed to relieve crowding at Gaither High School, in its second year of double sessions, and Sickles High, which is to start double sessions in the fall.

The newest sites are:

56 acres at N Dale Mabry Highway and Lutz-Lake Fern Road.

216 lake-dotted acres straddling the Veterans Expressway, off Van Dyke Road.

The older sites are:

207 acres between two of Lutz's largest lakes, Stemper and Hanna.

82 acres at Livingston Avenue and Max Smith Road, the only site formally submitted to the county Planning Commission, which denounced it last year.

The fifth site could be a land package by would-be developers of a shopping mall off the northeast corner of Dale Mabry and Van Dyke. In that scenario, the high school would be immediately northeast of the shopping center.