High marks for PHSC president
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) president Timothy Beard earned near-perfect scores on his annual review by the college’s District Board of Trustees (DBOT), according to a news release.
The College Board of Trustees gave him an overall average score of 4.95 out of 5, noting Beard’s excellent communications with the DBOT and community stakeholders, as well as administrators on the college’s administrative leadership team.
Marilyn Pearson-Adams, DBOT chair, summarized the review comments in a letter to the trustees, noting in the release that “Dr. Beard’s personal and professional demeanor have positively impacted his performance as president and consequently facilitated the college being one of the premier institutions in the Florida College System.”
Beard exceeded performance standards in all areas of the evaluation.
He earned a 4.86 for board relations; a 4.88 for community, state and national relations; a 5.0 for fiscal accountability; a 4.99 for leadership; and a 5.0 for accountability.
Beard is starting the second year of a three-year contract awarded last year by the college trustees after he demonstrated his ability to grow as a leader, embrace a style of leadership that promotes transparency, collaboration and clear communication.
Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s five offices will collect donations during the month of July in support of the Pasco County Schools’ ABC (Assist, Believe & Care) Program.
The ABC program was created to provide financial assistance to students and their families who are experiencing economic hardship, especially when those needs interfere with the student’s ability to be academically successful.
All money collected will go into a fund that teachers can use when they see or learn of a need a child may have.
For information about the charitable giving programs at the tax collector’s office, contact Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at 727-847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com.
The Florida Department of Health – Pasco County is teaming up with Pasco County Schools and Health Hero to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to Pasco County students age 12 and older.
The free vaccinations also will be made available to children’s eligible family members.
Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to receive the vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine will be distributed at several school locations around the county.
Appointments are required to ensure a smooth and efficient experience.
- J.W. Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road, Trinity – 8 a.m. to noon, in the cafeteria. Enter the school from Photonics Drive and park in the first parking lot on the right.
- Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O’ Lakes – 8 a.m. to noon. Park in the student parking area.
- Pasco High School, 36850 State Road 52, Dade City – 8 a.m. to noon. From State Road 52, pull in after the tennis courts and park in the staff or gym parking lot.
- Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park in the faculty parking lot and take the sidewalk between Building 300 and the main office.
Parents are encouraged to fill out the online registration available from the school district website (Pasco.k12.fl.us), and select from the available dates, times and locations.
An individual registration form must be completed for the student and every additional family member.
Pasco County Property Appraiser Mike Wells, and entrepreneur and philanthropist Jacques Hakim have partnered with the Pasco Sheriff’s Charities and the YMCA of the Suncoast James P. Gills Family Branch to launch “Step up for Pasco Students,” a back-to-school fundraiser, for students in Pasco County schools.
Every $10 donated can buy a new pair of quality shoes for a child in need.
The goal is to collect 5,000 pairs by July 18.
Sponsorship levels also are available.
To donate, visit bit.ly/PascoSheriffCharities or YMCASuncoast.org/stepup.
Pasco County Schools will host its sixth annual Pasco Community Public Employment Fair on July 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., in Hudson.
Those in attendance can meet managers from Pasco County Schools, Pasco County Emergency Services, Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Pasco County Tax Collector, Pasco Board of County Commissioners, and more.
Register online at bit.ly/3vR7Kr8.
Summer food service
Pasco County School’s Summer Food Service program will continue through July 27, at selected school campuses and at bus stop locations around the county.
All school location meal packs will contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches, and will be provided curbside on Tuesdays only, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., to anyone age 18 and younger.
East Pasco school sites include: Cypress Creek High, Double Branch Elementary, New River Elementary, Pasco High, Quail Hollow Elementary, R.B. Cox Elementary, R.B. Stewart Middle, San Antonio Elementary, Sand Pine Elementary, Watergrass Elementary, Wesley Chapel Elementary, Wesley Chapel High, West Zephyrhills Elementary, Wiregrass Ranch High and Woodland Elementary.
In Central Pasco: Connerton Elementary, Lake Myrtle Elementary, Oakstead Elementary, Odessa Elementary, Sanders Memorial and Sunlake High.
Students attending PLACE (Pasco Learning and Activity Centers of Enrichment) or Extended School Year programs at the schools will receive their meals on campus and are not eligible to participate in curbside meal pickup.
School bus stops will distribute meal packs on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For bus stop locations and menus, and to participate in the meal pickups, visit tinyurl.com/3mp6x4dh.
Unlimited bus rides
Students can ride Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) Department buses on regular routes all summer for just $20.
The special student rate is effective now through Aug. 31.
The Summer Haul Pass can be purchased at these locations:
- Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Office, West and East Pasco Government Centers
- Pasco-Hernando State College bookstores in Dade City, New Port Richey and Wesley Chapel
- PCPT Administrative Office, 8620 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey
- All Pasco County Libraries
For information about the pass, bus routes and schedules, visit RidePCPT.com.
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