School board eyes 104-acre site near Connected City

The Pasco County School Board has approved the acquisition of a 104-acre site near the Connected City area of Wesley Chapel. The school district anticipates there will a need for future schools as more residents move into Connected City, which includes Epperson Ranch and other future developments. The site is at the southeast corner of Curley and Kiefer roads, directly across the street … [Read more...]

Architect selected for $48 million technical education center

The Pasco County School Board has selected Hepner Architects Inc., to provide architectural services for the design of the new east-central Pasco technical center the district plans to build. The facility, which has a construction budget of $48 million, is planned for the northeast corner of Handcart Road and Fairview Heights Road, in Wesley Chapel. Hepner’s fee includes architectural … [Read more...]

Project prompts school board to hire land use attorney

Project Arthur, a major development that’s been submitted to Pasco County for its review, has prompted Pasco County Schools to approve the use of a land use attorney on an as-needed basis. In seeking the approval, district documents describe Project Arthur as “a new and unique development, which is proposing to use charter schools as a way to mitigate for future student impacts.” Having that … [Read more...]

Pasco sets its legislative priorities

The Pasco County Commission has identified a list of priorities it would like the Pasco County legislative delegation to support. The delegation is scheduled to have its annual public meeting on Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pasco County School Board’s campus, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The session allows members of the public and various interest groups to address the … [Read more...]

Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten through eighth grade school expected to open in … [Read more...]

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 *protected email*.   Candidate forums There … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime … [Read more...]

Voters head out to polls in Florida’s primary election

Voters will be heading to the polls on Aug. 28 in Florida’s primary election. Statewide, voters will decide who will represent the Democrats and who will represent the Republicans in a number of seats, including the race for governor. On the local front, voters will cast their ballots for districts one, three and five of the Pasco County School Board. The winner of those school board … [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...]

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...]