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...]

School impact fees set to increase beginning in January

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously adopted higher school impact fees for new residential construction. The increases will be phased in over three years, beginning Jan. 1, and will be charged against all new residential construction, except for new age 55-plus communities. Pasco County school district officials have calculated that the higher fees will generate more than $220.4 … [Read more...]

School construction needs outpace funding

The Pasco County School Board has begun exploring the idea of asking voters to support a half-penny sales tax to help pay for school construction. During a June 20 workshop on the district’s capital needs, School Board member Cynthia Armstrong asked staff to come back with a projection of how much the half-penny tax would generate in 10 years and a list detailing the types of projects the tax … [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...]

Land O’ Lakes High will stay open during renovations

Land O’ Lakes High School will remain open during a massive renovation project that is scheduled to begin next June. Superintendent Kurt Browning had planned to shift the Land O’ Lakes High students to a new high school, known as “GGG”, being built on Old Pasco Road. But, he changed his mind after opening-day enrollment figures at Wiregrass Ranch High School revealed that 2,478 students … [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 elementary school gets a name

The school formerly known as Elementary W now has a name. Pasco County School Board members voted unanimously on March 15 to name the school Wiregrass Elementary. The board chose the name after little discussion. They decided to go with a name that reflects the community where the school will open in August. Board member Cynthia Armstrong made the motion for the school’s new name, … [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...]