Parents rally against re-zoning due to overcrowding at West Pasco County schools

Posted at 5:48 AM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 06:13:36-05

Re-zoning West Pasco County schools will be back up for discussion on Monday morning. The school board already has a petition with more than 3,000 signatures against changing the boundaries.

The meeting is happening at 8 a.m. at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey. More than 100 parents have shown up to similar meetings in the past.

Re-zoning can be an emotional issue for some families. One parent says he has a school in his backyard, but re-zoning could send his child 8 miles away for school.

The district says that over-crowding is a major problem, like at Mitchell High School, a school that is at 118% capacity.

The district said Mitchell and Seven Springs Middle are both extremely overcrowded, while other schools nearby are under capacity. They don't know how the re-zoning will break down just yet.

There will be a meeting specifically for parents to speak next week. You can find information about this meeting here

Schools potentially facing re-zoning are Paul R. Smith Middle, Gulf Middle, River Ridge Middle/High, Seven Springs Middle, Anclote, Gulf, Mitchell and Ridgewood high schools.

The district says the process will be complete by February 1, 2017.