Lien forgiveness program may be expanded

The City of Zephyrhills is considering a facelift to its residential lien forgiveness incentive program — to also include commercial properties. Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency director Gail Hamilton outlined the case for an enhanced program, as part of a continued effort to increase property values in and around the downtown area. The  Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment … [Read more...]

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...]

Efforts yield socks and shoes for charity

Land O’ Lakes’ brothers, Owen and Grady Matthew, want to provide socks for the homeless. And, Zephyrhills retiree Janet Chubinsky wants to give new shoes to children in need. The efforts are separate, but both are making strides in reaching their goals to help others. Kid President, a YouTube character played by 11-year-old Robby Novak, inspired the Matthew brothers to get … [Read more...]

Super snacks coming to select Pasco schools

Pasco County is getting the chance to test a new after-school meals pilot program with the new offering of a "super snack" at select schools in the district. A component of the Child Care Food program, it's designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in after-school programs. It's funded through the U.S. Department of Health — unlike the school meal program, which is done with … [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...]

Free breakfast for all at nearly 50 schools

Free breakfast is now available to all students in nearly 50 schools in Pasco County for the 2014-15 school year. Reduced and free meals are typically available to lower income families. However, these schools have 60 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced price meals and also are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Provision 2, according to Julie Hedine, … [Read more...]

As a new school year begins, be sure kids can hear teachers

A child’s hearing difficulties are not always easy to spot. That’s why volunteers like Alice Jones of Zephyrhills can play such an important role in a child’s life. Jones — recently named Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida’s volunteer of the month — has spent the past several years traveling to various Pasco County schools to conduct hearing tests for children. The … [Read more...]

New schools, new programs on tap for 2014-15 school year

The days of relatively easy rush-hour commutes are approaching an end as students, teachers and other employees gear up for a new school year. Students in Pasco County Schools begin the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 18, and Hillsborough County public schools begin classes a day later. Wiregrass Ranch High School already is urging students and parents to give themselves ample time to … [Read more...]

Pasco schools to host meetings on DELTA program

Pasco County Schools is hosting two community meetings to gather input on a proposal for an after-school enrichment program focused on core subjects like science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The first meeting is July 21 at 6 p.m. at Hudson Middle School, with the second July 22 at Stewart Middle School. Both meetings start at 6 p.m. The meetings are designed to talk about … [Read more...]

Pasco schools get good news in reading, science

Florida schools are transitioning into the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and some proof of the success of that move already is showing up in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores. Pasco County schools showed improvement in reading and science, but has room for improvement when it comes to math, based on test details released by Pasco County Schools on Friday. "We are … [Read more...]