Pasco County School is redrawing boundaries

Turnout was light for a public workshop regarding school boundaries held last week at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Thousands of students will be affected by the proposed changes, but the vast majority of changes relate to Cypress Creek Middle School, which is set to open in the fall of 2020. The school district initially had planned to open both a high school and a middle school on the … [Read more...]

School boundary workshop set

Thousands of Pasco County Schools students will be affected by proposed boundary changes for the 2020-2021 school year. Most of the boundary changes are related to the opening of Cypress Creek Middle School, which is scheduled to open next fall. But there are also some changes being proposed that will affect schools in Central Pasco — but would not affect any current students in those … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools secures $1 million grant

Pasco County Schools is among a dozen school districts across the country selected to receive a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, as part of the Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative. The school district will use the $1 million grant in partnership with the initiative to prepare teachers for a new middle school math curriculum, Illustrative Math (Open Up Resources). The … [Read more...]

School district expands mental health services

The Pasco County school district has been ramping up training and tapping into outside sources, in its quest to build a better mental health support network for students. Statistics from across the school district underscore a compelling need for increased services. District figures show that more than 1,200 suicide assessments were done last year of students in elementary, middle and high … [Read more...]

Pasco to open K-8 school in fall 2021

The groundbreaking last week for Starkey Ranch K-8 School was celebrated in grand fashion —  at a gathering that included a high school jazz band and color guard, preschoolers, a private developer partner, elected leaders and government officials. The school is the second phase of a partnership between Pasco County Schools, Pasco County government and Wheelock Communities, the private … [Read more...]

These kits can help save lives

A safety measure has been added to Pasco County high schools that’s aimed to help save lives during a mass casualty or active shooter situation. The schools now have bleed control kits — designed to help prevent victims from bleeding out before emergency responders arrive. The kits contain items such as tourniquets, blood-clotting dressings and casualty extraction litter, CPR mask, … [Read more...]

Growth puts squeeze on schools

As Pasco County Schools heads into another school year, crowded conditions are expected on several campuses within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. District officials are projecting that Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Ranch High School will operate at 141 percent of its capacity, with an estimated 2,310 students in a school designed for 1,633. Connerton Elementary School, in Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Project needs outpace funding in Pasco County Schools

As Pasco County Schools heads into a new school year, the district faces a perennial issue: There’s not enough money to cover district construction and maintenance needs. “Our current debt is about $525 million,” Chris Williams, director of planning told Pasco County School Board members during a workshop last week. Pasco’s rapid growth continues to create demand for new or expanded schools, … [Read more...]

Pasco embarks on new type of high school

The Pasco County school district is planning a new magnet high school that doesn’t fit the traditional mold. It will combine a rigorous curriculum along with technical skills training — and will seek community partnerships to give students real-world experiences, said Ray Gadd, deputy superintendent for Pasco County Schools. Coming up with a name for the school is a little bit tricky, Gadd … [Read more...]

Request raises questions about sites for schools, parks

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a change that would make it easier for landowners along State Road 52, near Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to pursue development. However, planning commissioners also are recommending that any development done in the area be accompanied by a map that identifies where future sites would be located for schools and parks. The … [Read more...]