Pasco Schools plan to beef up security

Pasco County Schools is seeking state approval of a plan that calls for adding security cameras in schools and changing locks on doors at schools throughout the district. The district wants the state to approve the plan, so it can use about $2 million in state money to pay for the security improvements. The security upgrade aims to comply with a mandate that school districts across the state … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High to get more parking spaces

Land O’ Lakes High School is undergoing a massive renovation project that is essentially giving the high school a new look and expanding its capacity by more than 400 students. The Pasco County School Board voted last week to approve $1.2 million in changes to the project. Providing 60 additional parking spaces was among a list of items that Betsy Kuhn, assistant superintendent for support … [Read more...]

Work to get started on makeover of Zephyrhills High School

A major overhaul is planned at Zephyrhills High School, and the Pasco County School Board approved a contract last week to get started on the project. The board approved a contract not-to-exceed $396,846 with Creative Contractors to complete the early site package for the project. “We will be bringing a full presentation in the fall on the entire project,” said Betsy Kuhn, assistant … [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...]

Design work to start on $15.5 million PHSC performing arts center

Design work is expected to get underway soon on a Pasco-Hernando State College performing arts center that is planned for the Cypress Creek Middle High School campus, off Old Pasco Road. The $15.5 million project will be built by the state college, but both the college and Pasco County Schools plan to use the facility for educational programming. Additionally, Pasco County Schools is … [Read more...]

Proposed Bexley Elementary boundaries raise concerns

Parents raised concerns about potential impacts from proposed boundaries for Bexley Elementary at a Nov. 1 meeting at Oakstead Elementary School. Parents raised questions about such issues as school choice, transportation and programming for the new school, which draws its name from a subdivision under construction off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. The new school, set to open in the fall, … [Read more...]

School district, union agree to 3% raise

Teachers will get a 3 percent pay raise after Pasco County Schools and the United School Employees of Pasco union reached an agreement on new contracts. For teachers, the cost to give pay raises will be $6.4 million, according to a release from the school district. Half of that raise will address cost-of-living expenses, while the other half will be for performance pay or equivalent agreements. … [Read more...]