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...]

Wesley Chapel Boulevard to be six lanes

Pasco County now is on a path to widen County Road 54 — also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard — to a six-lane divided road. The move comes nearly 15 years after the county proposed widening the road from two lanes to four lanes. The project also will include a multi-use trail on one side and a sidewalk on the other side. No construction start date is announced, but the road’s design is … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Boulevard to be widened

The developer of Cypress Creek Town Center could issue bids for a redesign along County Road 54, also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard, as early as February. If that happens, construction could begin in April to widen a stretch of roadway from its intersection with State Road 56 north past a planned entry in the mall. “That’s optimistic,” said Brent Whitley, vice president of Sierra … [Read more...]

Local students vie for $10,000 video prize

The fifth-grade media club at Veterans Elementary School is vying for the $10,000 grand prize in the annual Trees Rock video contest sponsored by Scotties Tissues. The club’s video has been deemed a top 10 finalist in a national competition. The contest calls for videos that explain the importance of trees. The $10,000 prize is intended for use in a sustainable project, such as tree … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Boulevard workshop set

New growth in and around the intersections of State Road 56, County Road 54 and Interstate 75 is generating traffic jams. The developments just keep coming. Tampa Premium Outlets opened in October. Culver’s and Cheddar’s Casual Café – are under construction. Site plans are filed, or on the way, for additional retail, hotels and offices as part of Cypress Creek Town … [Read more...]

Higher school impact fees coming to Pasco?

A discussion has begun in Pasco County that could lead to higher impact fees paid by new residential development to address growing demands for school construction. Increased school impact fees might provide a source of revenue that could help plug the growing gap between the revenue the district receives and its construction needs, according to district officials. But the idea of an … [Read more...]

Sanders magnet deadline is approaching

The Jan. 15 deadline is approaching for applications to Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School – Pasco County’s first magnet school. So far, the district has received around 1,400 applications for the school, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes. It is scheduled to open in August. The school — which will emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — is being built … [Read more...]

Some oppose planned Quail Hollow school boundaries

When Pasco County School Board members consider proposed boundary changes for Quail Hollow Elementary School in January, they’ll likely hear from parents who oppose the idea of shifting their children from Wesley Chapel Elementary to the reconstructed school. About three-dozen parents and students turned out for a Dec. 8 community meeting to discuss Quail Hollow’s proposed boundary, and … [Read more...]

Applications pouring in for Pasco’s first magnet school

Pasco County Schools received more than 860 applications within the first four days of finding students for its first magnet facility, Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School. Applications for Sanders — a school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — will be accepted through Jan. 15. Lindsey Davis submitted the first application at 12:01 a.m., on Dec. 1, in … [Read more...]

Community meeting set to discuss Quail Hollow boundaries

A committee working on proposed boundaries for Quail Hollow Elementary School has recommended changes that also would affect the boundaries of Veterans and Wesley Chapel elementary schools. Quail Hollow is set to reopen next fall following a massive overhaul that included adding walls and doors to its formerly “open” school design. Besides having a more traditional setting for learning, … [Read more...]