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...]

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...]

Land O’ Lakes High to get more parking spaces

Land O’ Lakes High School is undergoing a massive renovation project that is essentially giving the high school a new look and expanding its capacity by more than 400 students. The Pasco County School Board voted last week to approve $1.2 million in changes to the project. Providing 60 additional parking spaces was among a list of items that Betsy Kuhn, assistant superintendent for support … [Read more...]

Work to get started on makeover of Zephyrhills High School

A major overhaul is planned at Zephyrhills High School, and the Pasco County School Board approved a contract last week to get started on the project. The board approved a contract not-to-exceed $396,846 with Creative Contractors to complete the early site package for the project. “We will be bringing a full presentation in the fall on the entire project,” said Betsy Kuhn, assistant … [Read more...]

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...]