Fleet of school buses to use alternative fuel

Pasco County Schools is making history with a new, fast-fill station and a fleet of buses that runs on alternative fuel. The school district, in partnership with Integral Energy and Clearwater Gas System, is the first in Florida to own and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) station to fuel its growing fleet of CNG buses. By the end of the 2018 school year, school officials estimate … [Read more...]

Pasco County schools expect budget squeeze

As things stand now, Pasco County Schools could be facing an $8.7 million budget shortfall for the 2017-18 budget year, and Superintendent Kurt Browning has begun laying the groundwork for potential cuts. He briefed the Pasco County School Board during a May 16 budget workshop about what he’s been doing so far to gear up for what could become a tough budget year. The final budget numbers … [Read more...]

Review committee to talk about school impact fees

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee is slated to discuss a proposal that would raise the impact fees charged to new residential development to help address the impact that new growth has on schools. Under the proposed ordinance, the fees could be used to build new schools, acquire school sites or purchase new school buses. Pasco County already imposes school impact fees, but the … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/24/2017

Essay contest winner announced As part of Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Paula O’ Neill’s annual contest, Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano received essays from middle school students in public, private, parochial, charter, online and home-schools in answer to the question, “How do you, as a middle school student, benefit from taxes your family, friends and neighbors pay?” Dominic … [Read more...]

Moore-Mickens center may get new life

Two years of negotiations, with a lot of hope and persistence from the community, appears to be paying off for the Moore-Mickens Education Center. The center —historically tied to the first school for black students in Pasco County — was closed in 2015. But, Pasco County School District officials and the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center & Vocational Center Inc., are almost ready … [Read more...]

Marking a milestone, embarking on new paths

Thousands of members of the class of 2017 will take part in ceremonies across The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area this graduation season — to celebrate a rite of passage and embark on the next adventure. Some will head out from Lutz, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, San Antonio and St. Leo to continue their studies in other locales. Some will go to far off places; … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/17/2017

Fifth-graders take steps to being healthy Barbie Monty’s fifth-grade class at Carrollwood Day School organized a half-hour health walk, inspired by the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good program, to encourage small lifestyle changes that can add up to a big difference. The class invited experts to talk about nutrition, exercise and making good choices to avoid health problems. Students … [Read more...]

10-Year milestone

This marks the 10th consecutive year that The Laker/Lutz News has published the names of every high school graduate in our local communities. The Class of 2017 amounts to more than 3,500 graduates in the eight high schools our community newspapers cover. In Pasco County, these graduates are from Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass and Zephyrhills high schools. And, in … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/10/2017

Chamber recognizes student citizens The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce honored nine Student Citizens of the Month for April, during a ceremony at The Church at Chancey Road. The students are chosen by teachers and administration of their schools for exemplary effort, achievement, and contribution to their school, family and community. From left: Ashley Ayers, Heritage Academy; Carolyn … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel team ready to take on the world

They’re just in elementary school, but these children are already learning about the trade-offs in life. They’re also getting a firsthand experience regarding the importance of preparation, and they’re finding out that even the smallest of details can alter the outcome in a competition. These seven children are members of Wesley Chapel Elementary School’s “Catch Us If You Can” team, and … [Read more...]