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...]

Wiregrass Elementary is gearing up for first year

Between 400 and 500 people turned out for a parent and community night to find out what lies ahead at Wiregrass Elementary, a new school opening in August. Principal Steven Williams was delighted by the turnout. “I love it. It’s wonderful to be part of a community that’s engaged,” Williams said. During the first half hour of the meeting, Williams said he gave some general information … [Read more...]

New elementary school gets a name

The school formerly known as Elementary W now has a name. Pasco County School Board members voted unanimously on March 15 to name the school Wiregrass Elementary. The board chose the name after little discussion. They decided to go with a name that reflects the community where the school will open in August. Board member Cynthia Armstrong made the motion for the school’s new name, … [Read more...]

School boundary changes gain first-round approval

The Pasco County School Board has given first-round approval of proposed boundaries for Elementary School W, a school under construction in Wesley Chapel. The unanimous vote came despite objections from parents living in Northwood and in Arbor Woods, who do not want their children moved to Denham Oaks Elementary, which is in Lutz. “I want another option given to us,” said Amy Bracewell, who … [Read more...]

Parents oppose proposed Elem W boundaries

Scores of parents from the communities of Arbor Woods and Northwood are opposed to proposed school boundaries that would send their children from their Wesley Chapel community over to Denham Oaks Elementary, in Lutz. About 100 people showed up at a community meeting on Nov. 19 to seek changes to the proposed boundaries for Elementary W, a new school being built off Mansfield Boulevard. They … [Read more...]

Elementary W causes boundary shifts

The sight of a new elementary school under construction would seem to be a cause for celebration. But, even when students can attend a new school, and even when the new school will reduce crowding at other area schools, the prospect of boundary changes for existing schools is often fraught with controversy. “Folks don’t want to move. I can understand. Folks are loyal to their school,” said … [Read more...]

Enrollment growth in Pasco highest since recession

Drive through Pasco County and it’s easy to see the signs of growth. New houses are popping up in subdivisions. New apartment complexes are being built, and land is being cleared for more development. And now that school is back in session, some of that growth is beginning to show up in classrooms, too. For the first time since 2007, the enrollment figures for the first day of school … [Read more...]

Construction projects to yield big changes for Pasco students

Pasco County Schools has taken on an ambitious construction schedule that will result in significant changes for thousands of students across Central and East Pasco County in the next few years. Projects now underway will result in reopening Quail Hollow Elementary School in Wesley Chapel and Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes next year. Quail Hollow will have enclosed … [Read more...]