Angry Pasco parents tell judge what they think of school rezoning

A parent testifies before a judge during a rezoning hearing in Pasco County.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Some Pasco County parents got their chance to tell a judge what they think about school rezoning in their area on Monday.

At least nine parents testified and told the judge how the changes would negatively impact their children’s lives.

“Emotionally, she begged me and said ‘mom, do everything in your power to keep me at Mitchell,’” said one woman during the hearing.

James Stanley said, “I felt that the process was hap hazard, ill thought out and poorly executed.”

Two families originally filed the complaint against the district. Nearly a dozen more are involved in the petition.

Many feel the decision to rezone schools because of overcrowding, was rushed and not well communicated.

“They were acting as though there was some urgent crisis, that needed immediate resolution, when in fact there wasn’t one,” said Stanley.

Amy Searcy is not involved in the complaint, but her child would be affected.

“I think the parents just want to know why. How was this determined,” she said.

Along with dozens of other parents, Searcy voiced her opinion during heated public comment.

Attorney’s representing the district argue some parents in the petition, stayed home.

“You knew about the school board meetings going on, correct,” said attorney Carl DiCampli during the hearing. “And you didn’t attend any of the school board meetings, correct?”

Searcy said the parents will keep fighting.

“Again, we’ve had none of our questions answered,” said Searcy.

Parents that spoke at the hearing Monday, testified about rezoning issues on the west side of Pasco Co.

Next week, parents living on the east side of Pasco Co., are expected to have a similar hearing.

Testimony is expected to last several days.

The district may have to take another look at rezoning boundaries, if the judge rules in favor of the parents.

Tuesday’s hearing starts at 9:30 a.m.

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