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Old 07-09-2010, 11:16 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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I am almost afraid to ask this question but does anyone know anything about 74th Street Elementary school in zip 33709? Based on the address of our new town home that we are renting (we're moving from MN on Aug 1st) my son should've been placed at Westgate Elementary. But for some reason they said 74th st elementary.

Based in the info I've found (greatschools.com & schooldigger.com) 82% free/reduced lunch (nothing against free lunch, it's necessary BUT 82% is unbelievably high) and my husband drive by it while in St. Pete looking for a home to rent and he said it looked awful and it was in the hood. Test scores are way below state average.

I'm hoping to call the district on Monday to see if ther is any way they could place him somewhere
else, I'll drive him to school that is no problem.

I don't know what I'm gonna do! We are set to leave MN in 2 1/2 weeks, already gave notice at our current jobs, my new boss is working on my training plan, we signed a new lease in FL!
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:33 PM
Location: North Pinellas
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First I would calm down... woosaaa.... You need to check with the district in regards to what school your son is zoned for. If you used the address feature on the district website, then that is the school that he is zoned for...but I would call the district to double check. Sometimes landlords/realtors/property management places dont have the most up to date info on those kind of things. They could be going by old information or the district couldve changed the school zone maps this year...theres always many possible factors.
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:38 AM
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74th street elementary is NOT in the hood. It is in a predominantly white, working class neighborhood. It is an older building though.

I have heard very good things about that school.

I think you'll be pleasantly suprised.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:34 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Proof that I did just need to calm down:

I called the placement office this morning, told them my dilemma (how I was told that since we were new to the district that our son would be placed in the zoned school) and how I made decisions on where we found a place to live based on school zones. He woman helped me and within 5 minutes he was registered at the school we expected!

Big sigh of relief!
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:16 PM
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Default safe neighborhood with a good school for our son in St.Petersburg

hi we want to move to St. Petersburg this summer and we are looking for a nice and a safe neighborhood with a good elementary school for our son. what I have read till now, the northern part seems safer, any recommendations?
thank you so much
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:51 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Hi David. Since I originally posted the question I moved to St. Petersburg, lived there for 1 year, and have since moved to Tampa. Yes you are correct, the North part of St. Pete tends to be better with better schools. I personally didn't care for St. Pete & like Tampa much better. We did a tremendous amount of research on schools, districts, policies, etc. The FL school system leaves a lot to be desired, to put it mildly. We've since put our son in private school.

If I may ask, where are you moving from & what brings you to St. Pete? Do you have a job lined up?
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