The No. 1 reason people are moving to Pace is to take advantage of our excellent schools. Special thanks to teachers and administrators who have made this happen.
If you are one of the thousands of families thinking of moving to Pace, you need to ask: Which school will my children attend?
Our schools are in a crisis and busing will become a reality. These are the facts. Pace High School-90.67% capacity; Sims Middle School-105.78% capacity; Dixon Primary School-104.99% capacity; Dixon Intermediate School-97.90% capacity. These schools are at or above capacity, so where will your children be bused?
Jay High School-61.11%; Jay Middle School-50.83%; Jay Elementary School-60.08% capacity.
When the School Board looks at these numbers they have little choice but to make busing a reality. The School Board predicts in 10 years there will be 1,527 new elementary students, 771 new middle school students and 900 new high school students. The county will need at least one new school for each level.
Our schools are on the edge of the cliff. Due to overcrowding, our schools dropped from A schools to B schools.
The need for impact fees: The School Board will receive only 6% of the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase. This will not meet projected needs.
Those coming to Pace will pay the impact fee. Impact fees do not hinder growth; 36 counties in Florida have impact fees and they’re still growing. Impact fees are for residential. The School Board supports impact fees. The BOCC has said no. What the heck do they have against our children?
Before you put down your hard-earned money for a house in the Pace area, ask your builder or Realtor: Where will my children attend school?
It most likely will not be in Pace.
Larry Brockway, Pace