Political Agenda 10/10/2018

Wesley Chapel Republicans The Wesley Chapel Republican Club will meet Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., at Lexus of Wesley Chapel, 5350 Eagleston Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Numerous candidates will be featured. Admission is free, all are welcome, and coffee and homemade desserts will be served. For more information, contact Peter Cracchiolo at (813) 360-9813 or at moc.l1545150302oa@ra1545150302ebzre1545150302tep1545150302.   Candidate forums There … [Read more...]

Pasco schools adopt tentative budget

The Pasco County School Board has adopted a tentative budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, with a final public hearing set for Sept. 18. The proposed general fund budget for 2018-2019 is $630,860,337. That’s a $15.2 million increase over last year’s general fund, which represents roughly a 2.47 percent increase. The capital projects funds in the budget for 2018-2019 total $244,516,610, … [Read more...]

Students ring in the 2018-2019 school year

As a new academic year begins, students heading to Florida public schools will be welcomed to campuses that are now protected by armed security. The Florida Legislature mandated the armed guards at public school campuses across the state in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and staff members dead, and 17 others … [Read more...]

Pay raises elusive in Pasco schools

Pasco County school officials are still searching for ways to provide some sort of raise for district employees — although the prospect did not appear promising at a board meeting last week. At the board’s July 24 meeting, numerous teachers and other support personnel took turns urging the Pasco School Board to make employee pay a budget priority. The current budget proposal does not include … [Read more...]

Pasco school district adopts new mental health plan

The Pasco County School Board has approved a plan that allocates additional funding provided by the Florida Legislature to address youth mental health needs. The Legislature’s decision to provide more money to address mental health issues came in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The Pasco school district was allocated … [Read more...]

In Print: (Police) lights, (body) cameras, action!

Don't ask Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco to wait in doing something he believes in, even if it's unclear how taking action would be received by the public. That's why Nocco isn't waiting for court challenges or even the Florida Legislature before ordering more than 400 body cameras that will be equipped to deputies out on patrol. And while the $400,000 annual cost will be eaten by federal … [Read more...]

Florida nation’s most veteran-friendly state?

What does it take to become the most veteran-friendly state in the nation? Just follow Florida's example. At least that's what Florida TaxWatch, a nonpartisan advocacy group on how taxpayer money is spent, is sharing as the state honors its veterans. "Florida is proud of the brave servicemen and women who have chosen to build their lives and raise their families in the Sunshine State," … [Read more...]

MOSI to host digital classroom symposium

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa will host a digital classroom initiative symposium Nov. 13 beginning at 8 a.m. It will bring together education professional and high-technology specialists who will discuss adapting technology for enhanced learning and student achievement advancements. The symposium is being put together by state Sen. John Legg, and will cover an array of topics … [Read more...]