Pasco School Board adopts new school boundaries

The Pasco County School Board unanimously approved school rezonings for the 2020-2021 school year — primarily affecting students living in the Seven Oaks subdivision in Wesley Chapel. Board members approved the boundary shifts that are aimed to relieve crowding at Wiregrass Ranch High School and John Long Middle School, and to fill seats available at Cypress Creek High School and the new … [Read more...]

School boundary proposals draw opposition

Compared to school boundary hearings in recent years, the crowd was relatively small at a public hearing last week on proposed boundary changes for Pasco County Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Still, concerns expressed by parents were similar to the types of concerns generally raised at school boundary meetings. Boundary changes planned for next year primarily involve changes needed … [Read more...]

Pasco County School is redrawing boundaries

Turnout was light for a public workshop regarding school boundaries held last week at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Thousands of students will be affected by the proposed changes, but the vast majority of changes relate to Cypress Creek Middle School, which is set to open in the fall of 2020. The school district initially had planned to open both a high school and a middle school on the … [Read more...]

Agreement reached on forensic research campus

Pasco County commissioners approved a three-way agreement that sets up the framework for ownership and operation of a forensic research and training facility on county land next to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. One feature of the facility is a body farm to aid in criminal investigations, body identification and research into body decomposition. Florida F.I.R.S.T. (Forensic … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes site aims to improve forensic research

Pasco County had a dedication ceremony for a 5-acre field that will be used to advance forensic research and aid in criminal investigations. The “body farm” is next to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center, off U.S. 41. A separate forensics and training facility also is being planned near the body farm site. The field has been named the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, in honor of the former … [Read more...]

Farewell, and Godspeed, to Adam Kennedy

The call brought Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning out of an early morning meeting. Crews Lake Middle School was on the phone. The principal hadn’t arrived. There were reports of a terrible wreck along his usual commute, and they were worried. Saying he was on it, Browning rang up Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and put the situation to him. “I’ll call you back,” Nocco said. Ten long … [Read more...]

Super snacks coming to select Pasco schools

Pasco County is getting the chance to test a new after-school meals pilot program with the new offering of a "super snack" at select schools in the district. A component of the Child Care Food program, it's designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in after-school programs. It's funded through the U.S. Department of Health — unlike the school meal program, which is done with … [Read more...]