Pasco school district deciding what to do next after judge voids rezoning plan

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Pasco County school officials will be meeting this morning to discuss what they’ll do next after a judge voided the school district’s rezoning plan.

The judge ruled the school district violated the state’s Sunshine Law, which guarantees access to public records.

Last January, several parents filed a complaint in the court stating they were “kept in the dark” from details surrounding the rezoning plans. They tell WFLA News Channel 8 that the school board had closed-door meetings. At the time, the board denied those allegations.

The rezoning already took effect at the beginning of the school year, so the void calls into question what will happen to those rezoned students.

On Thursday morning, the school district said that principals have been told to take the names of any students who indicate they want to return to last year’s school and to tell them that the school district will be in touch.

“We are very concerned about disrupting students’ education in the middle of the school year. We’ll do what’s best for individual students,” said Pasco County Schools spokesperson Linda Cobbe.

For parents like Jim Stanley, the judge’s ruling is a big victory.

“Right now our thoughts are elation and feelings of vindication. We have been fighting for over a year and to get a ruling from a judge that validates everything we’ve been saying is a feeling of indescribable joy. It is our hope that the school board will now work with us to craft a plan that follows the law and  accommodates the growth in Pasco County in a way that minimizes the impact on the students who are already here,” says Stanley.

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