For too long our District has focused on the growth along the SR54 corridor, while ignoring the impending growth of east Pasco. Growth is important. As a district we should be working with the State Legislature, the County Commission, and local businesses and non profits to meet that growth by building new schools, as well as provide resources to our established schools. We need a strong, community-focused voice that is invested in our schools. We must also address the safety of our students and re-allocate funding, when necessary, when that growth leaves us with situations like the proposed cuts to the courtesy bussing program. One who has seen, first-hand, the dedication and connectiveness of these communities. This area needs an ally who has seen and dealt with the issues within our schools. I will improve the quality or our children's education while creating an atmosphere where teachers don't feel limited and all families are welcomed and involved.
A Vision 54-56.com report stated that, " The forecasted growth for the county for 2010–2040 represents a 98% population growth" And, while much of that growth has been occurring along the 54/56 corridor, expansions to Overpass Rd and 52, will bring the growth into District 1.
According to Pasco County.net, Our area, known as "Planning Area #2" has over 73.000 acres of undeveloped land. This represents the largest amount in Pasco County by nearly 30000 acres.
So, growth is coming. We need leadership at all levels to prepare for this now. We must plan for schools, roads, hospitals, etc. And a vital component of that will be to prepare our students for these opportunities, by providing: apprenticeship and certificate trainings, making them more connected to their communities, fostering the Arts and Sciences which develop creativity and learning.
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