Local educator named a PBS ‘Digital Innovator All-Star’

It’s no secret that educator Bobbi Starling knows her way around technology. When she was a classroom teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills and at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, she was constantly introducing students to technical tools which could enhance their education and broaden their view of the world. Now, as the magnet schools program coordinator for the … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools has big plans for 2018

Pasco County Schools expects 2018 to be a busy year for planning, designing, renovating expanding and building new school projects. Among the largest renovation projects are Land O ‘Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes and Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools, said he expected the first phase of a massive … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Woodland Elementary gets $12 million makeover

The signs of construction are everywhere at Woodland Elementary School, at 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills. The beeping sounds of equipment backing up fill the air, as crews from Wharton-Smith Inc. Construction Group move about, working on a new building that’s going up on campus. The 25,274-square-foot building includes eight classrooms, a music room, an art room, a stage, a cafeteria … [Read more...]

School construction needs outpace funding

The Pasco County School Board has begun exploring the idea of asking voters to support a half-penny sales tax to help pay for school construction. During a June 20 workshop on the district’s capital needs, School Board member Cynthia Armstrong asked staff to come back with a projection of how much the half-penny tax would generate in 10 years and a list detailing the types of projects the tax … [Read more...]

Master plan developing for Hercules Park

Hercules Park is still in line to become the property of the city of Zephyrhills. But, an agreement to transfer the parkland from the Pasco County School District to the city remains a work in progress. “We’re still on track to turn it over, and we will do that,” said Ray Gadd, deputy superintendent for Pasco County Schools. The Zephyrhills City Council received an update on the matter on … [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...]

Land sale pending near Hercules Park

A commercial corner by the entrance into Hercules Park is on its way to being sold. What happens with the remainder of the park's land will depend on negotiations between officials from Pasco County Schools and the City of Zephyrhills. Zephyrhills officials remain eager to see the park reopened and refurbished, said Steve Spina, city manager. He anticipates meeting with school district … [Read more...]

Seeking to stop illegal dumping

The collection bins that people fill with donations of shoes and clothes are a familiar sight around the community. For the most part, they help local charities that operate thrift stores or have giveaway programs to benefit low-income individuals and families. In most cases, they’re clean, well marked and routinely emptied. But, not always. And now, the Pasco County Commission and … [Read more...]

Is Hercules Park back in play?

The city of Zephyrhills could get another chance to own Hercules Park. A deal between the Pasco County School District and Gh&G Florida LLC remains under negotiation, but it isn’t clear a final deal can be struck. To put the city of Zephyrhills in the posture of being able to purchase the park, the Zephyrhills City Council, on Dec. 14, voted 3 to 2 to renew the city’s offer to buy the … [Read more...]