Pine View achieves IB designation

Pine View Middle School has become the first public school in Pasco County to be authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme World School. Principal Jennifer Warren and members of the school’s staff recently attended the Pasco County School Board’s meeting, where they were congratulated for their accomplishment. The school received a letter dated May 30 from Siva Kumari, director general of … [Read more...]

School district acquires new school site in Northwood

Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc., has conveyed a site for a future elementary school in the Northwood residential development. Northwood is a master-planned community in southern Pasco County, on the north side of County Line Road, east of Interstate 75 and west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The community is nearing build-out. Taylor Morrison agreed to provide approximately 15 acres, more … [Read more...]

New and renovated schools planned

The Pasco County School Board received an overview last week on projects planned to construct, renovate, expand and repair schools across the district. They also heard a wrap-up on projects in progress or finished this year. The presentation, by Chris Williams, director of planning services and Olga Swinson, chief finance officer, came as the district prepares to vote on a final capital … [Read more...]

Ownership agreement reached on Hercules Park

The city of Zephyrhills and the Pasco County School Board are ready to complete a deal that will deed part of Hercules Park to the city. The Zephyrhills City Council approved an inter-local agreement with the school district on June 25. The agreement will be presented to school board members on July 24. If approved, Zephyrhills would own about 9 acres of the approximately 15-acre park, … [Read more...]

Training underway for Pasco school safety guards

Bang. Bang. Bang. The echoing sound of simulated rounds of ammunition permeate throughout Rushe Middle School in Land O’ Lakes on a recent late June afternoon. One by one, school safety guard trainees, with 9mm pistols drawn, carefully and methodically traverse stairwells and hallways, checking classrooms, searching to take out a fake assailant armed with an AR-15. As each active … [Read more...]

Candidates qualify, political groups have meetings

Candidates have qualified for the upcoming election, giving voters plenty to consider. Here are candidates in key races during the 2018 election cycle. Primary voters could decide the outcome for three Pasco County School Board seats. School board races are nonpartisan. Although candidates must live within specific districts, voters countywide select the winners. If a candidate does not receive … [Read more...]

Raises unlikely this year in Pasco County Schools

Pasco County School Board members have expressed a desire to give teachers a raise, but according to Superintendent Kurt Browning, there’s no money available to make that happen. Browning’s remarks came during a budget workshop last week in the board room at the district’s headquarters in Land O’ Lakes. Olga Swinson, the district’s chief financial officer, provided a run-through of budget … [Read more...]

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...]

Pasco elementary schools to get safety guards

The Pasco County School Board approved Superintendent Kurt Browning’s proposal to hire a director of safety and security, and to add up to 50 school safety guards for the district’s elementary schools, according a district news release. The school board’s action was in response to a 2018 bill that the Legislature passed and the governor signed into law. It requires all school districts to … [Read more...]

Pasco school district considers hiring security officers

Budget restrictions could prompt Pasco County Schools to hire armed school security officers to work in the district’s 47 elementary schools. The district is considering using that approach — instead of using certified law enforcement officers — because of finances, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of schools. “The money that they’ve (the Florida Legislature) given us is not enough to go … [Read more...]