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The state Board of Education has voted to approve the Pasco School District’s plan to close Hudson Elementary School and shift its educational activities to Northwest Elementary School, following a renovation project at Northwest.

NEW PORT RICHEY— The state Board of Education has given unanimous approval of Pasco County Schools’ plan to close Hudson Elementary School effective at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

The closure had the backing of Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the former speaker of the Florida House, a Republican from Pasco County.

There were no comments from the public concerning the plan submitted to the Board of Education during its Feb. 12 meeting in Tallahassee.

In the wake of the Board of Education decision, Pasco Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning told the West Pasco Board of Realtors the school district plans to begin the renovations at Northwest Elementary that will be required under Browning’s plan to close Hudson Elementary as a school and move its students to Northwest.

As part of the plan, Northwest Elementary classes would take place at Hudson Elementary in the 2020-2021 school year, while Northwest is undergoing the planned renovations. Once the Northwest renovations are completed, the school would return there and instruction would end in the Hudson Elementary buildings.

Browning told Board of Realtors members that school district officials have been told by parents that the temporary move of Northwest Elementary to the Hudson Elementary campus, at U.S. 19 and Hudson Avenue, is preferable to conducting classes in portable units on the Northwest campus during the renovations.

Northwest Elementary School is part of the school complex off Hudson Avenue, just east of Hicks Road, that is also home to Hudson High School and Hudson Middle School.