Project aims to improve emergency access

Construction is underway to make it easier for emergency services to get between New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. Mansfield Boulevard is in Wesley Chapel. Kinnan Street is in New Tampa. An improvement will connect the streets, but will be accessible only to first responders. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board approved the connection last June. It was one … [Read more...]

Principal raises the roof to promote literacy

Students at Wiregrass Elementary School have a summer tradition. They take part, every year, in the Scholastic Book reading challenge. Two years ago, the students logged in over 43,000 minutes, and came in eighth in the state. But, Steve Williams, principal of the school at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, knew they could do better. So, he challenged them to log in … [Read more...]

2016 marked by rapid growth, touching moments

The national election captured headlines and attention, but 2016 was an eventful year in many other ways, as well, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The big story is the region’s growth. New houses are popping up all over the place, with developments such as Long Lake Ranch, Estancia at Wiregrass Ranch, Connerton, Bexley and Asturia, just some of the residential communities … [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...]

Wiregrass Elementary revving up for first day

Crews are kicking it into high gear at Wiregrass Elementary School to ensure the school is ready to open for students on Aug. 15. The new school, at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, will have its “first” first day of school, and Principal Steve Williams said he and his staff can’t wait. “This is going to be a fantastic school. It’s going to be an outside-the-box kind of … [Read more...]

Pasco prepping to ring in a new school year

Teachers headed back to Pasco County Schools this week to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 15. Opening day is a big deal on every campus every year, but it will be especially meaningful at Wiregrass Elementary School, at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel because that school is having its “first” first day. The mood across campus during a teacher move-in day last … [Read more...]

Hillsborough heads back to school this week

Hillsborough County public school students are heading back to school this week, and their counterparts in Pasco County public schools begin next week. Whether they’re streaming to Lutz Elementary School, Steinbrenner High, Liberty Middle, an area charter school or to a private school — the beginning of a new school is a time that’s always marked with fresh starts and new … [Read more...]

Crews busy building schools in Pasco

Wiregrass Elementary School is set to open this fall in Wesley Chapel. Construction is well under way on a new high school on Old Pasco Road, which will open initially as a high school and a middle school. That campus is expected to open in 2017-2018. Construction also has started on a new elementary school that’s also expected to open in 2017-2018 in Bexley Ranch, off State Road 54 in … [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...]