Pasco school year gets off to a smooth start

Five-year-old Joshua Cortes was eager to begin his first day of kindergarten at Pine View Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes. The youngster was beaming as his parents took his picture near a welcome sign at the school — the perfect prop for a photo op. A little while later, as buses rolled into the bus loop, Pine View staff greeted students as they exited the bus. They saw many … [Read more...]

All kids deserve same academic opportunities, Browning says

Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning was addressing The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce, and he was on a roll. “Every child needs to have those same academic opportunities as kids in affluent neighborhoods,” Browning said, during the chamber’s breakfast meeting last week. “If we intend to educate our kids and really meet up with that whole idea of college, career and life readiness, … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 08/21/2019

Leaders elected to Board of Trustees The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) District Board of Trustees (DBOT) elected a new chair and vice chair for the 2019-2020 academic year. Trustee Alvaro Hernandez was elected to serve as chair, succeeding Robin Schneider, and Trustee Marilyn Pearson-Adams was elected to serve as vice chair, a post previously held by Alvaro Hernandez. Hernandez, … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 08/14/2019

Pitching in to stock classrooms The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club’s Education Committee had its annual ‘Back-to-School Supplies’ fundraiser luncheon and used the proceeds to shop for supplies for local schools. Members filled several SUVs with the supplies, which were delivered to several area schools that had the greatest need. The committee will continue to collect items to stock … [Read more...]

‘Engage’ kids: Improve attendance

Students typically don’t decide to drop out of school overnight. And, there’s typically more to the story, when a student starts missing school on a regular basis. At least those were a couple points of discussion last week during a Pasco County School Board workshop on the topic of school attendance. “Attendance is really a symptom of something else that is happening with our … [Read more...]

Send us your First Day of School photos

Schools across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area are ringing in a new academic year — and along with that comes traditional First Day of School photos. The photos that parents, grandparents, friends and other relatives take on that first day are a fun way to mark a new year of learning. Plus, they’re like tiny time capsules, capturing a moment and recording changes in height, hair styles and … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch High uses online orientation

Virtual orientation was back by popular demand at Wiregrass Ranch High School. The online amenity, offered Aug. 1 to Aug. 6, provided an alternative to help Wiregrass Ranch students get situated for the coming school year, which begins for students on Aug. 12. The option allowed students who are returning to Wiregrass Ranch, and their parents, to view class schedules without being present on … [Read more...]

Police officers help kids start school year in style

Eleven-year-old Jayden Boykin made his way from one aisle to the next, as he went shopping for school clothes with his new buddy – Officer Troy Fulford of the Dade City Police Department. The police officer and fifth-grader were on a mission, to make sure Jayden will look fashionable for his first day back at Rodney B. Cox Elementary School. The pair was among those taking part in the … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools budget nearly $1.4 billion

The Pasco County School Board has approved a tentative budget approaching $1.4 billion for the coming fiscal year. Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning covered high points of the proposed budget at last week’s Pasco County School Board meeting, before the board approved the tentative budget and tentative tax rate. The new fiscal budget of $1,392,942,266 is an increase of $131.7 … [Read more...]

Pasco aims for safe students, campuses

The Pasco County School Board passed a resolution last week supporting the Student Crime Watch Program and emphasizing the board’s encouragement to use available tools to help keep students and campuses safe. The resolution notes that the Student Crime Watch Program gives students and the community the ability to make anonymous reports of “unsafe and potentially harmful, dangerous, violent or … [Read more...]