New East Pasco school gets a name

A new high school that will focus on technology, STEM and business programs on the east side of Pasco County will be called the Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation. The Pasco County School Board approved that name unanimously during the board’s Feb. 18 meeting. The school is located at Curley Road and Keifer Road in Wesley Chapel on the former Kirkland Ranch property. Program plans for … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 01/29/2020

Corley issues warning Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has issued a warning that The Voter Participation Center (VPC) again has launched a voter registration mail campaign targeting Pasco County voters, according to a news release from Corley’s office. The mail campaign contains “inaccurate information that is often alarming and confusing,” the release says. Previously, … [Read more...]

Charter school coming to Connected City’s Epperson

A K-8 charter school could open as early as this fall in Epperson, if all goes according to plan. The Pasco County School Board has approved an agreement with Metro Apple LLC and Red Apple Development LLC — known collectively as the developer — for a charter school that is planned on the east side of Curley Road. Details regarding the school are spelled out in the agreement. Plans call … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek schools get new names

Pasco County School Board members have changed the name of the school on the campus at 8701 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel to reflect the fact that two schools will be operating on the campus beginning this fall. The school was named Cypress Creek Middle High when it opened in 2017, because it served both middle and high school students. But, two separate schools will be operating on the … [Read more...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]

Pasco school district raises expected soon

Union and school district negotiators reached a contract settlement as Pasco County School teachers headed to winter break. The proposed contract calls for a 3.25% raise for teachers, as well as a number of contract language provisions. Don Peace, president of United School Employees of Pasco (USEP), covered this year’s contract negotiations between the union the school district in a video, … [Read more...]

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...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]