Pasco teachers expected to vote on contract soon

A ratification vote on a negotiated contract between Pasco County Schools and the United School Employees of Pasco County has been scheduled for Jan. 29. The school board and union settled contract negotiations just before Winter Break and now, the union is aiming to  complete the ratification process in time to have salary increases to employees before Spring Break. Jeff Larsen, of the … [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...]

There are strategies to manage stuttering

Stuttering isn’t a speech impediment that can be cured — but it is one that can be managed, according to Robin Fisher, a speech pathologist in Pasco County Schools. The condition affects an estimated 70 million people, worldwide, according to the Stuttering Foundation of America. And, help is available in the public school system, for students who qualify. Fisher works with … [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...]

All-Pasco County fall awards announced

High school coaches from Pasco County Schools recently announced Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2019-2020 fall sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high schools from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

All-Pasco County fall awards announced

High school coaches from Pasco County Schools recently announced Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2019-2020 fall sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high schools from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Sunlake student wins ‘Outstanding Senior’ honor

Whether its focusing on rigorous academics or taking part in extracurriculars and church activities, Sunlake High’s Alexis Paredes enjoys being busy. Actually, “having so much to do” is how the 17-year-old senior thrives best. “I like to keep moving. I know if I don’t, I’ll get bored,” she said. It’s that self-starter mindset that earned Paredes the Pasco County School District’s … [Read more...]

Principal of the year is surprised by honor

Principal JoAnne Glenn and her staff were conducting a training seminar — when Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning and an entourage cruised into the room with flowers, balloons, a cookie cake and an announcement. The superintendent offered Glenn hearty congratulations, as he announced she was the district’s principal of the year. School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin gave Glenn a … [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...]

Two Good Soles drive smashes record

Pasco County government and its constitutional offices collected more than 3,000 pairs of shoes for local students — smashing a previous record for the annual Two Good Soles Shoes and Socks Drive. The drive, now in its fourth year, yielded 3,057 pairs of shoes and 13,285 pairs of socks. The items will be donated to students in Pasco County Schools. Last year, donations totaled 2,264 … [Read more...]