Pasco schools add feeding sites for students

Pasco County Schools planned to expand its number of student feeding sites from its initial seven locations up to 25 school sites, effective March 31, according to a school district news release. Pasco also will add feeding sites at 16 bus stops throughout the county. There are other significant changes in the way Pasco County Schools is getting food to students. The drive-thru sites and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Summer programs feed kids

Children who normally eat lunch at school when classes are in session have a free alternative during the summer months. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties are participating in a summer food service program that provide free lunches and afternoon snacks at numerous sites around each county. The program begins on June 13 and concludes on Aug. 3. The sites are situated in areas where at … [Read more...]

Pasco expands magnet options

Pasco County Schools is expanding its magnet school options beginning next school year, and is holding a series of community meetings to explain the additional options. The district is converting Centennial Middle School, in Dade City, into a STEM Magnet School. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A series of community meetings, with each beginning at 6 … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Woman’s Club turns 100

In the beginning, the GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills was a group of 15 women, who decided they wanted to form a civic club. They established the club on Nov. 11, 1915 and voted to join the Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs, automatically making them part of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs, a national organization. On Nov. 15, about 90 people gathered at the Zephyrhills’ … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools’ five-year building plan gets OK

When Sanders Memorial Elementary School reopens in 2015-16, the Land O’ Lakes campus will have an entirely new look. It’s undergoing a $16.9 million renovation. Quail Hollow Elementary School in Wesley Chapel is undergoing a $10.5 million makeover. It, too, is expected to reopen in 2015-16. Work already is underway on a new gymnasium at Stewart Middle School in Zephyrhills. That $4.6 … [Read more...]