Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pasco School Board Approves Boundary Changes

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (December 15, 2015) – Noting how difficult it is to move students from one school to another, the District School Board of Pasco County tonight approved the boundary for Elementary W recommended by the district’s Boundary Committee and Superintendent Kurt Browning.

Elementary School W will open in August to relieve overcrowding at Double Branch, Seven Oaks, and Sand Pine elementary schools. The new school will open with 496 students, drawn from Double Branch and Sand Pine.

Seven Oaks Elementary, which currently is at 169 percent of its capacity, will be at 117 percent with the rezoning of students to Denham Oaks and Sand Pine elementary schools.  Double Branch Elementary, which currently is at 157 percent of its capacity, will be reduced to 89 percent with students rezoned to Elementary W.  Sand Pine Elementary will go from 115 percent to 104 percent of capacity, with some students moving to Elementary W, and some moving to Denham Oaks Elementary. 
          
In response to parent concerns that Denham Oaks Elementary School does not currently have the gifted program that their students have at Seven Oaks Elementary, district staff and the school are in the process of planning for the same inclusion model. The gifted students will be clustered together in a classroom with other students. Teachers will be gifted endorsed, and the school will hire new gifted endorsed teachers as students are added with the rezoning.

In response to concerns about childcare, the district PLACE program is advertising for new staff to accommodate additional students.