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Pasco Wiregrass Ranch drops plans for "blended" class model with at-home component

Plans to let students at Pasco County's Wiregrass Ranch High School attend classes at home twice a week have fallen apart.

There simply wasn't enough interest.

School officials needed 250 students to make the pilot program viable. Only 58 said they would participate, principal Robyn White said.

"Our kids really like the face-to-face with teachers," she said.

That means Wiregrass Ranch will need to find another way to ease crowding, which is growing worse at the school than ever. Already the county's most populous high school, Wiregrass Ranch is projected to sit at 141 percent of its capacity next fall, a few hundred students above expectations when the district redrew its attendance zone in 2010.

More portables (the school already has 20) appear to be the probable solution, although the district would have to put them on the school's outdoor basketball courts. Superintendent Kurt Browning said he hasn't reached any firm conclusions on how to deal with crowding at Wiregrass Ranch while waiting for a new high school to be built in about three years.

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