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Committee creates tentative attendance zone for new Pasco County high school

A committee of parents and Pasco school district officials took a first stab Friday at creating an attendance zone for High School GGG on Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, reaching tentative consensus on boundaries for the sixth- through twelfth-grade campus.

The group had little of the anxiety or anger displayed by Trinity parents whose schools face a similar process later in the fall.

After two hours of review, which some committee members likened to trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle, the group recommended removing eight areas out of the Wiregrass Ranch High/John Long Middle and Wesley Chapel High/Weightman Middle zones. Their goal was to create a zone of about 1,800 students, giving consideration to factors including existing feeder patterns, transportation, future growth and planning integrity.

They proposed the following areas move to the school, still referred to as GGG: Quail Hollow West, Lexington Oaks, Veterans East, The Oaks, Cypress Estates, Stagecoach/Enclave and Cypress Creek Town Center. This is not final, but is the starting point for future discussions.

Members generally shied away from moving the Seven Oaks and Meadow Pointe subdivisions away from their current schools, but acknowledged more work remained to ensure that Long and Wiregrass Ranch get more relief from their current crowding. District planning director Chris Williams said it appeared unlikely that all the work could be done in two committee sessions, so they scheduled a third one to complete the task.

After the committee finishes, it will hold a meeting for parents and the community at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Wesley Chapel High. It will then meet one final time, in case ideas arise at the parent meeting that lead to further zoning adjustments.

See the committee agenda packet for maps and other data.