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...]

Wiregrass Elementary revving up for first day

Crews are kicking it into high gear at Wiregrass Elementary School to ensure the school is ready to open for students on Aug. 15. The new school, at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, will have its “first” first day of school, and Principal Steve Williams said he and his staff can’t wait. “This is going to be a fantastic school. It’s going to be an outside-the-box kind of … [Read more...]

We’re going to need better thinking caps

We are mere days away from a joltingly early start to the new school year, but instead of looking ahead to new supplies that speak of fresh challenges, our gaze has been diverted to an unexpectedly worrisome past. Results of the Florida Standards Assessments rolled out last month, and, well, yikes. All of a sudden, your neighborhood A school, or your B school you were absolutely certain was … [Read more...]

Two locals semifinalists in national contest

Zach and Catie Tomasello are among 25 semifinalists in the Uncle Ben’s Beginners Cooking Video Contest. Five grand prizes will be awarded in the contest, with each winner receiving a $15,000 check for his or her family and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for his or her school. Catie attends Pine View Middle School, and Zach attends Pine View Elementary School. To quality, each of the 25 … [Read more...]