Political meetings set; endorsement given

Republican club meetings The Republican Club of Central Pasco and the Pasco Federated Republican Woman’s Club will host a joint meeting on May 21, beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will feature a meet and greet with Pasco County School Board candidates Allen Altman, Cynthia Armstrong, Megan Harding, Heide Janshon and Tara O’Connor. The meeting also will be a potluck dinner, so … [Read more...]

Debate continues over best response to Parkland killings

Students, faculty and staff are expected to begin the long journey back toward normalcy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week in Parkland. But, the debate over the best response to the Valentine Day’s slaying of 14 students and three teachers remains embroiled in controversy. In the aftermath of the shooting spree, conducted by a lone gunman using an AR-15 semi-automatic … [Read more...]

Boundaries approved for new schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved boundaries for the new Cypress Creek Middle/High School, despite considerable controversy. The board also adopted boundaries for Bexley Elementary School, without any opposition from the public. Cypress Creek Middle/High School, being built off Old Pasco Road, is scheduled to open in fall 2017. Initially, it will be for students in grades six … [Read more...]

School boundaries gain preliminary approval

The Pasco County School Board has given preliminary approval to new school boundaries for the 2017-2018 school year. The board’s action came after a contentious public hearing on the proposed boundaries for Cypress Creek Middle/High School, set to open in fall 2017. The proposed boundaries for Bexley Elementary, being built off State Road 54, on the other hand, drew no public … [Read more...]

Browning: Schools must improve

When the state released its school grades last month, the news wasn’t good for numerous Pasco County schools, or for the district itself. “The Friday that grades were released, it was not a good day for me. Nor the district,” Superintendent Kurt Browning said at a school board workshop on the issue on Aug. 2. The state’s report showed a number of Pasco schools slipping a grade, and the … [Read more...]

New school boundaries approved

Pasco County School Board members adopted boundaries for Elementary School W in Wesley Chapel, despite objections by parents living in Northwood and Arbor Woods. In approving the boundaries, the board members also approved a plan by school district staff to add gifted services to Denham Oaks Elementary School in Lutz. Parents had objected to their children losing gifted services, and the … [Read more...]

School boundary changes gain first-round approval

The Pasco County School Board has given first-round approval of proposed boundaries for Elementary School W, a school under construction in Wesley Chapel. The unanimous vote came despite objections from parents living in Northwood and in Arbor Woods, who do not want their children moved to Denham Oaks Elementary, which is in Lutz. “I want another option given to us,” said Amy Bracewell, who … [Read more...]

Growth spurs school construction

When Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley considers anticipated growth along the State Road 54/56 corridor, she said, she is “taken aback.” She worries about the school district’s ability to provide schools for all of the students who will be moving into the new communities that are taking shape along that corridor. Superintendent Kurt Browning shares that sentiment. “That … [Read more...]

Developers could buy Hercules Park; donate land

The city of Zephyrhills lost its bid to purchase Hercules Park, but there is hope still that a large swath of the park and its aquatic center can become city property. The Pasco County School Board unanimously voted to begin negotiating the park’s sale with developers from Gh&G Florida LLC. Their bid for $2.3 million topped Zephyrhills’ bid of $1.7 million for the 15.5-acre park. But … [Read more...]

Despite objections, multifamily zoning gets OK

Residents urged the Pasco County Commission to reject a request to allow multifamily zoning on a parcel on Clinton Avenue, but commissioners went along with the planning staff’s recommendation for approval. The new zoning designation, requested under the name of Six Feet Under, LLC, will allow a maximum of 157 units, according to Carol Clarke, the county’s zoning administrator. The 21.6-acre … [Read more...]