Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Boundary Process Begins for East Side Middle and High Schools

Due to the overcrowding situations at both Dr. John Long Middle School and Wiregrass Ranch High School in East Pasco County, a boundary committee has been tasked with creating new middle and high school boundaries to better balance student populations. The process began on October 18th with the initial meeting of the committee to look over data and to develop several potential scenarios. The middle schools that may be affected include Centennial Middle, Dr. John Long Middle, Pasco Middle, R.B. Stewart Middle, and Thomas E. Weightman Middle. The high schools that may be affected include Pasco High, Wesley Chapel High, Wiregrass Ranch High, and Zephyrhills High.  The committee consists of principals, parents, administrators, and representatives from the Exceptional Student Education, Transportation, and Planning Departments.

The committee did not yet complete any final boundary scenarios, but will continue to discuss the data and maps at the next committee meeting scheduled for November 1 at Wiregrass Ranch High School.

A link to the packet of data and maps provided for the first committee meeting is included here:

Committee Packet

An information packet that will include a boundary map will be sent home with students when a final decision is reached by the committee and will include the dates of upcoming parent meetings. These meetings will be conducted to review and receive input on all proposed boundary changes. Ultimately, all changes will go to the School Board for approval. Any changes would take effect beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. Current Juniors would remain at their current school for their Senior year.

For more information, please contact the Planning Department.