Last year, the underperforming Ridgewood High School was at risk of earning a third straight D school grade from the Florida Department of Education and as a result be subject to actions such as a takeover by the state or conversion to a charter school. In response, the Pasco School Board voted to close Ridgewood at the end of last school year and replace it with what came to be known as Wendell Krinn Technical High School. That, however, was only the beginning, it seems of the transformation of Pasco public.
On Feb. 5, the School Board will hold a workshop on what is being called Project RISE. RISE is intended to make days in Pasco public school classrooms “relevant inspiring supportive experiences.” To the chagrin of some of the parents of students now attending Hudson, Marlowe and Mittye P. Locke elementary schools, the RISE plan could also involve closing Hudson and Locke and turning Marlowe into a magnet school.
Ridgewood got a C from the state for the 2017-2018 school year, but that mark came after the closure decision. That’s something that should be considered during the RISE review.
The Tarpon Springs City Commission voted to repair rather than replace the windows in the historic downtown building that was once City Hall. That decision had the backing of the city’s Historic Preservation Board, which considered renovation the more historically valid solution to the problems leaky windows pose to what is now the city’s Cultural Center. The lone dissenter on the repair decision was Commissioner Rea Sieber. She said new windows would be more energy efficient and structurally sound than the repaired existing windows. Time, we suspect, will tell if Sieber is right.