East Pasco County parents fighting their school district's vote to redraw area attendance zones will have to wait a little longer to make their formal case.
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A similar case stemming from a west Pasco rezoning will get heard first. And because all involved anticipate the testimony will take longer than the one day set aside for a Division of Administrative Hearings session, the east side arguments will be delayed at least a week.
In a Wednesday status conference, lawyers for the two the sides agreed that a Division of Administrative Hearings judge should hear each presentation in its entirety, rather than take up one set of facts on Monday and another on Tuesday, most likely without concluding either.
As a result, the west Pasco case, which was filed first and was scheduled for Monday, will continue into Tuesday, when the east Pasco case had been set. The east side case will be rescheduled for either March 6-7, March 15-16 or March 20-21, School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso said. It will depend on when all parties are available.
"There was a recognition there was too much to handle in one day," Alfonso explained Thursday, before heading into a round of depositions on the case.
Parents on both sides of the county have hired the same lawyer, and are making nearly identical arguments that the district mishandled the rezoning. If they prevail, the School Board could be forced to redo the process.
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