Pasco County School Board members have changed the name of the school on the campus at 8701 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel to reflect the fact that two schools will be operating on the campus beginning this fall.
The school was named Cypress Creek Middle High when it opened in 2017, because it served both middle and high school students.
But, two separate schools will be operating on the campus this fall.
Cypress Creek Middle School will serve students in grades six through eight.
Cypress Creek High School will serve students in grades nine through 12.
The district had intended to have a separate middle school and high school on the campus, but when it couldn’t afford to do so, it used the buildings that were intended for the high school to house middle and high school students. The programs were separated, but operated out of the high school buildings.
The district used that approach so it could relieve crowding at both the middle and high school levels.
Now, new boundaries have been adopted to fill in the extra seats that will result when the middle school students shift out of the high school facilities into the new middle school.
Both the high school and middle school boundaries were changed because there will be added capacity at both levels.
Besides the new middle school, the campus also will house a new performing arts center, called the Instructional and Performing Arts Center, or IPAC for short. That is being built on land donated by Pasco County Schools to Pasco-Hernando State College.
The new center, also intended to open in the fall, will serve college and students from Pasco County schools, and will provide entertainment for the community.
Published January 22, 2020