Some 2020 races decided; others up for grabs

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles and Sheriff Chris Nocco each will serve another four years — since no opponents came forward to challenge them by the qualifying deadline in the 2020 election. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley also will serve another four years, as his opponent withdrew. And, Mike Wells has been elected to Pasco County … [Read more...]

Reaching out to help those with special needs

Even in the best of times, navigating through government bureaucracy can be challenging. But for people with special needs, that becomes even more daunting during a global pandemic. A virtual town hall hosted on April 29 by Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore and Pasco County School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin aimed at helping individuals and families find the resources they … [Read more...]

Class of 2020: Graduations delayed

The public school districts in Pasco and Hillsborough counties have announced delayed graduation ceremonies to help seniors mark their rite of passage during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hillsborough County public school graduations will be held in July, according to a district announcement. Pasco County graduations will be held in August, Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning … [Read more...]

School remains in session, online

Students aren’t returning to campus, but leaders in the Pasco County school district are encouraged by the progress students are making online. The district went to online learning on March 31, after Gov. Ron DeSantis closed school campuses until at least April 15, due to concerns about the threat of the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). DeSantis has since announced that school … [Read more...]

School district adapts to distance learning

While parents suddenly found themselves thrust into the role of being frontline teachers, educators in Pasco and Hillsborough counties also found themselves making a big shift when the state ordered school campuses to be closed. The order is in effect until April 30, and as press time for The Laker/Lutz News it remained unclear whether that will be extended. During a virtual Pasco County … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 12/11/2019

Candidates are making plans known A number of local candidates have filed paperwork to make it known they plan to seek office. Here is an early look at candidates and the offices they’re seeking listed on the Pasco County Supervision of Elections website. • Property appraiser Gary Joiner, Republican (Active Pre-filed) Mike Wells, Republican (Active Pre-filed) • Superintendent of … [Read more...]

Principal of the year is surprised by honor

Principal JoAnne Glenn and her staff were conducting a training seminar — when Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning and an entourage cruised into the room with flowers, balloons, a cookie cake and an announcement. The superintendent offered Glenn hearty congratulations, as he announced she was the district’s principal of the year. School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin gave Glenn a … [Read more...]

‘Engage’ kids: Improve attendance

Students typically don’t decide to drop out of school overnight. And, there’s typically more to the story, when a student starts missing school on a regular basis. At least those were a couple points of discussion last week during a Pasco County School Board workshop on the topic of school attendance. “Attendance is really a symptom of something else that is happening with our … [Read more...]

Pay raises elusive in Pasco schools

Pasco County school officials are still searching for ways to provide some sort of raise for district employees — although the prospect did not appear promising at a board meeting last week. At the board’s July 24 meeting, numerous teachers and other support personnel took turns urging the Pasco School Board to make employee pay a budget priority. The current budget proposal does not include … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High to get more parking spaces

Land O’ Lakes High School is undergoing a massive renovation project that is essentially giving the high school a new look and expanding its capacity by more than 400 students. The Pasco County School Board voted last week to approve $1.2 million in changes to the project. Providing 60 additional parking spaces was among a list of items that Betsy Kuhn, assistant superintendent for support … [Read more...]