Growth puts squeeze on schools

As Pasco County Schools heads into another school year, crowded conditions are expected on several campuses within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. District officials are projecting that Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Ranch High School will operate at 141 percent of its capacity, with an estimated 2,310 students in a school designed for 1,633. Connerton Elementary School, in Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Public workshop scheduled regarding Pierce Lake

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is holding a public workshop on Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m., regarding minimum and guidance levels for Pierce Lake, according to a news release from the water management district. The workshop will be at Connerton Elementary School, 9300 Flourish Drive, in Land O’ Lakes. The purpose of the workshop is to allow for public comment on the proposed … [Read more...]

Connerton — Much More Than Just A Place To Live

In the heart of Pasco County in Land O’ Lakes, the community of Connerton continues to grow, as hundreds of new homes are built for people of all ages, fulfilling their dreams to live in a community that offers much more than just a place to live. Connerton provides more for its residents than other planned communities because it has been designated a “New Town” by the Florida Legislature. … [Read more...]

Connerton and Pasco on the path to new homes

Kyle and Melody Marks fit in nicely with the demographics that are driving residential growth in Pasco County. And, these young professionals are clear on the lifestyle they want for themselves and their two children, Amelia, age 5, and Brody, age 7. In six months, they plan to move from a starter home to a new and larger home in Connerton, a master-planned community off Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

Higher school impact fees coming to Pasco?

A discussion has begun in Pasco County that could lead to higher impact fees paid by new residential development to address growing demands for school construction. Increased school impact fees might provide a source of revenue that could help plug the growing gap between the revenue the district receives and its construction needs, according to district officials. But the idea of an … [Read more...]

‘I’m always up for a challenge,’ teacher says

As students head off for summer vacation, Becky Cicione will simply be changing her teaching venue. The Connerton Elementary School teacher will spend her summer teaching in Pasco County Schools’ science camp for children at Title 1 schools. “When I do my work in the summertime, it’s an outdoor science camp that’s enhanced by iPads. It’s held through district. We go to different … [Read more...]

Construction crews give shape to Pasco’s first magnet

  Construction crews are fully engaged in the project to give Pasco County its first magnet school, which is set to open this fall in Land O’ Lakes. Jason Petry, principal of Sanders Memorial Elementary School, has been immersed, too, in the task of hiring teachers for the school, which will focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Interest in the … [Read more...]

Sanders magnet deadline is approaching

The Jan. 15 deadline is approaching for applications to Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School – Pasco County’s first magnet school. So far, the district has received around 1,400 applications for the school, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes. It is scheduled to open in August. The school — which will emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — is being built … [Read more...]

Applications pouring in for Pasco’s first magnet school

Pasco County Schools received more than 860 applications within the first four days of finding students for its first magnet facility, Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School. Applications for Sanders — a school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — will be accepted through Jan. 15. Lindsey Davis submitted the first application at 12:01 a.m., on Dec. 1, in … [Read more...]

Pasco’s first magnet school now accepting applications

Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 15 for Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School. At a news conference this morning, Pasco County Schools officials announced the kickoff of the application period for the district's first magnet school, which will specialize in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Sanders, located in Land O' Lakes, is slated to open next August … [Read more...]