Florida’s COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000

Florida’s positive COVID-19 cases have exceeded the 100,000 mark, according to the most recent Florida Department of Health data available on the morning of June 22. The state figures show Florida had 100,217 positive cases, including 98,047 Florida residents and 2,170 non-residents. The state’s death toll stood at 3,173, including a 17-year-old male from Pasco County, whose death was … [Read more...]

New school year offers three options

Students will have three options when classes resume this fall in Pasco Schools. Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning announced his ReOpening Pasco Schools plan in a news release issued June 18. “Parents sent us a message loud and clear: they wanted options,” Browning said, in the news release. “Many are eager to have their student return to school and see their teachers and … [Read more...]

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...]

Back to school will be different this fall

Efforts are in high gear, as Pasco County Schools prepares for the coming 2020-2021 school year. Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning has said the district will announce its comprehensive plan for the upcoming school year on or before July 1. In light of continuing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the district must take precautions it hasn’t had to take in previous … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools to launch District Equity Team

Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning has issued a statement in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, and announced the creation of a new District Equity Team. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to a video that went viral and national news … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools wins national honor

Pasco County Schools has been named the best Advanced Placement school district among large districts in the nation. The school district was among 250 districts across the United States and Canada that were named to the annual AP District Honor Roll, according to a school district news release. From those, three districts were singled out — one large, one medium and one small, based on an … [Read more...]

Pasco School District adjusting amid COVID-19 pandemic

Whether its drive-thru feeding sites or widespread distance learning, the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created myriad logistical challenges for school districts nationwide. Pasco County Schools is no different — operating as the state’s ninth-largest school district, and 49th largest in the nation. Even so, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning is maintaining an … [Read more...]

Pasco schools brace for tough budget

Pasco County Schools is gearing up for a tough budget year. “We have been working on budget,” Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning told school board members at a May 5 virtual school board meeting. “It’s not a so-rosy picture of a budget. We’re working with department budgets and the district budget as a whole. We know that it’s going to be tight, and we’re very cautious going … [Read more...]

Serving up food — to sustain, comfort

Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has flattened the economy, causing many to seek out help for the first time to put food on their tables. Here is a look at some efforts, to help feed others, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Collecting food to feed the hungry The woman pulls up and pops open her trunk, so volunteers could gather the bags of … [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...]