Land O’ Lakes girl is all-star golfer

Hailey Stricker already has collected a fair number of medals and trophies competing in youth tournaments throughout Tampa Bay. The 12-year-old from Land O’ Lakes is seeking an addition to her trophy case — as a member of the Clearwater Jr. PGA All-Star team. The 10-member all-star team will compete on Aug. 26 in the PGA Jr. League North Florida Section Championship at Orlando’s Grand … [Read more...]

Training underway for Pasco school safety guards

Bang. Bang. Bang. The echoing sound of simulated rounds of ammunition permeate throughout Rushe Middle School in Land O’ Lakes on a recent late June afternoon. One by one, school safety guard trainees, with 9mm pistols drawn, carefully and methodically traverse stairwells and hallways, checking classrooms, searching to take out a fake assailant armed with an AR-15. As each active … [Read more...]

Debate continues over best response to Parkland killings

Students, faculty and staff are expected to begin the long journey back toward normalcy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week in Parkland. But, the debate over the best response to the Valentine Day’s slaying of 14 students and three teachers remains embroiled in controversy. In the aftermath of the shooting spree, conducted by a lone gunman using an AR-15 semi-automatic … [Read more...]

Local volunteer wins national award

When Courtney Urban began volunteering at the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe, at 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Lutz, it was just a way to spend some extra time with her grandmother. “The big thing in the beginning was just going with her,” said Urban, who began her volunteer work in 2013. “But then it became my own thing. I loved going there. When I got to be the cashier, it was fun to … [Read more...]

Gearing up for Cypress Creek Middle School

A new middle school is expected to open next to Cypress Creek Middle High School, allowing the existing school to focus on high school only. The new middle school will accommodate 1,675 students on a 15-acre site, just north of the current school, which opened in August at 8701 Old Pasco Road, for students in grades six through 11. The estimated construction budget is $43.5 … [Read more...]

Changes afoot, as school bells ring in a new year

School bells are summoning students back to classes in Hillsborough and Pasco counties — and some students will be attending classes on entirely new campuses. Sunlake Academy of Math and Science, a new public charter school in Hillsborough County, begins its inaugural school year on Aug. 10. It is located at 18681 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. Meanwhile, Pasco County is opening Bexley … [Read more...]

School construction needs outpace funding

The Pasco County School Board has begun exploring the idea of asking voters to support a half-penny sales tax to help pay for school construction. During a June 20 workshop on the district’s capital needs, School Board member Cynthia Armstrong asked staff to come back with a projection of how much the half-penny tax would generate in 10 years and a list detailing the types of projects the tax … [Read more...]

These kids want to help out

None of these kids are old enough to go out and get a job. They also have trouble finding places where they can volunteer. So, they formed the “Helping Hands Club” to do something about that. Twelve-year-old Caileigh Brown, a sixth-grader at Rushe Middle School, came up with the idea. Other members of the club are 11-year-old Isabella Steady, a sixth-grader at Rushe; 11-year-old … [Read more...]

Boundaries approved for new schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved boundaries for the new Cypress Creek Middle/High School, despite considerable controversy. The board also adopted boundaries for Bexley Elementary School, without any opposition from the public. Cypress Creek Middle/High School, being built off Old Pasco Road, is scheduled to open in fall 2017. Initially, it will be for students in grades six … [Read more...]

School boundaries gain preliminary approval

The Pasco County School Board has given preliminary approval to new school boundaries for the 2017-2018 school year. The board’s action came after a contentious public hearing on the proposed boundaries for Cypress Creek Middle/High School, set to open in fall 2017. The proposed boundaries for Bexley Elementary, being built off State Road 54, on the other hand, drew no public … [Read more...]