Results are in for Florida’s primary

Florida’s voters went to the polls last week in a primary that captured national attention when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum stunned political prognosticators by defeating the predicted winner Gwen Graham. If he wins in November, Gillum would become Florida’s first black governor. On the Republican side of the ledger, Congressman Ron DeSantis — endorsed by President … [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...]

Pasco homeowners to see slight dip in school taxes

The Pasco County School Board has given first-round approval to a proposed $1.2 billion budget that includes a slightly lower tax bill for homeowners. Under the proposed rate, the owner of a $125,000 home, after deducting the homestead exemption, would pay $677.30 in taxes. That’s $33.60 lower than the homeowner paid last year. School board members voted unanimously for the proposed … [Read more...]

Grades slip at numerous local schools

The Florida Department of Education has released its annual school grades, and the news was not good for numerous Pasco County schools in The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. “As soon as I saw the information, I was pretty distraught,” said Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley. “This has to really be broken down,” she said, noting she has requested a school board workshop to … [Read more...]

New school boundaries approved

Pasco County School Board members adopted boundaries for Elementary School W in Wesley Chapel, despite objections by parents living in Northwood and Arbor Woods. In approving the boundaries, the board members also approved a plan by school district staff to add gifted services to Denham Oaks Elementary School in Lutz. Parents had objected to their children losing gifted services, and the … [Read more...]

AMIkids Pasco has a second chance

  The Pasco County School Board has terminated its contract with AMIkids Pasco, effective Jan. 29, for services the organization is providing to 46 students, who come from across Pasco County. While voting to end the contract, the board made it clear that it will consider reinstating it, if AMIkids Pasco can demonstrate substantial improvement in its performance by Jan. 12. The … [Read more...]

Still in effect: No changes to county’s athletic transfer policy

Pasco County’s athletic transfer policy for athletes isn’t going anywhere. Earlier this month, the Pasco County School Board declined to make any changes to the policy, which requires students who switch schools to sit out a calendar year before playing for their new school. They can appeal the one-year ban, but unless they meet certain criteria, the student isn’t playing. The purpose of … [Read more...]

Wilson ousted by Wells, Moore heading to November

There hasn't been an incumbent victory in Pasco County Commission's District 4 seat since 2002. And that streak will continue through at least 2018. Henry Wilson Jr., who surprised everyone four years ago to unseat incumbent Mike Cox, was no match for Mike Wells Jr., who took the election in the open primary Tuesday, and will become the newest member of the county commission later this … [Read more...]

It’s time to vote! Primary election day is here

Precincts all over Pasco and Hillsborough counties as well as the rest of the state are welcoming voters today as candidates find out whether they're moving on to November, winning their seat outright, or packing up and going home. Whether a Democrat, Republican or independent, there is a ballot for everyone, at least in Pasco County where at least one race — Pasco County Commission District 4 … [Read more...]