On December 17, 2014, the following letter was sent to families in the Bayonet Point Middle School feeder pattern as well as families of students currently attending Bayonet Point Middle School:

Dear Parents/Guardians:
I am writing to share information with you about our plans for housing Bayonet Point Middle School students next school year while we completely renovate the facility. We will be temporarily closing down the school to complete this major project.

With student safety our main priority, we can’t keep students in the building during construction. We also don’t believe that housing kids in portable classrooms for the year is safe. So, we are working on a plan to house students who live south of Fox Hollow Drive at Chasco Middle School for the year, and the rest of the students at Fivay High School for the year.

Although students and staff will move to Fivay, they will be kept together as Bayonet Point Middle School. Shelley Carrino will continue to be principal and Assistant Principals Kathryn Horten and Laura Luter will remain in their positions at Fivay.

Bayonet Point will stay on the same schedule as this year, and Fivay will continue on their schedule. We will work very hard to isolate the middle school students and high school students. They will have their own lunch periods and bell schedules. Transportation will be provided to students who live south of State Road 52.

Students assigned to Chasco Middle School will become part of Chasco for the year, where school starts at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. BPMS students will be transported to CHMS.

We will continue to work on schedules, logistics, and plans for extracurricular activities, and will keep parents informed as plans develop. You will receive information after winter break about a parent meeting, where we will provide you with more details. Details also will be placed on the district website, www.pascoschools.org. Find the Parents tab at the top, then click on the Renovations link.

BPMS joins Anclote Elementary School as the two schools we are temporarily closing for renovations next school year. For the last two years, we have been conducting the same major renovation projects at Quail Hollow and Shady Hills elementary schools. In all of these cases, we have had to move students to another school while the renovations were completed, which we know is disruptive, but which has worked out very well so far.

I look forward to sharing more information with you after winter break. I’m confident that these plans are in the best interests of BPMS students and staff, and that everyone will love the school when it reopens in 2016.

Kurt S. Browning Superintendent of Schools

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