Proposed school boundary changes pass with 6-1 vote

Posted at 5:25 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 05:56:54-04

The controversial new boundary plan voted on by the Hillsborough County school board passed Tuesday afternoon with a 6-1 vote. The changes will take effect in Fall of 2018.

The plan will affect students living in the north Tampa and New Tampa areas. Some parents though have a number of concerns.

The inconvenience of moving their child to a different school and many parents are also worried about their kids possibly being sent to a lower rated school.

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The district says it all boils down to overcrowding. There are potentially about four thousand students who could be shuffled around by this new plan.

With a housing boom in New Tampa, the district is preparing to deal with an influx of new families. For years the district has bused in students from North Tampa because there was room, that space will now be limited.

Take for example, Pride Elementary which is near capacity. Roughly five hundred students there would be moved to Hunter's Green Elementary, which is less than two miles away and about three-quarters full.

This plan also calls for combining some schools.

The proposal will impact a portion of the attendance boundaries for the following elementary and middle schools:

  • Clark Elementary School
  • Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Hunter's Green Elementary School
  • Mort Elementary School
  • MOSI Partnership School
  • Pizzo Elementary School
  • Pride Elementary School
  • Shaw Elementary School
  • Witter Elementary School
  • Adams Middle School
  • Greco Middle School
  • Sligh Middle Magnet School
  • Van Buren Middle School

It's important to note the changes won't start until the 2018-2019 school year.