PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning shared an update Monday about the school boundary rezoning process.
Browning expresses concern about rezoning options that he says will result in children attending too many schools. For instance, he writes, “If we adopted map proposal 20, some students could attend four different schools in their secondary years. They could conceivably start 6th grade at John Long Middle School, move to Weightman Middle School by 8th grade, start 9th grade at Wesley Chapel High School, and be moved to Cypress Creek High School before graduation.”
Here is Browning’s entire message:
“I’m writing to update you on the school boundary rezoning process. This has been an emotionally-charged endeavor, and I know that whatever decision the school board makes will be difficult for some families. We want you all to know that we appreciate the work of the committee, and we value their advice as we strive to make the best decision for the community.
After careful consideration of the facts, and with the l…east disruption in mind, I have decided to recommend to the school board map proposal 13. Let me tell you why.
1. I don’t want to rezone Seven Oaks twice in as few as four years.
2. If we adopted map proposal 20, some students could attend four different schools in their secondary years. They could conceivably start 6th grade at John Long Middle School, move to Weightman Middle School by 8th grade, start 9th grade at Wesley Chapel High School, and be moved to Cypress Creek High School before graduation.
3. Under option 13, the projected average daily membership for Wiregrass Ranch High School will decrease after the seniors graduate in 2017. Projected enrollment goes down to 2,124 in 2018 and 1,956 in 2019.
We are committed to getting the Cypress Creek middle school built as soon as possible, hopefully in five years. If we are successful convincing the county commission to increase impact fees on new homes for schools, we believe we’re in a very good position to be able to fund the middle school and build it within five years; without it, we will have more difficult decisions to make in the near future.
I appreciate the input we’ve received and the passion our families have for our schools. As you know, our mission is to provide a world-class education for all students, and it takes parents like you to make sure that we can do that in every one of our schools.”