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...]

Fresh faces on school campuses

As students head back to school this fall, they may see a few unfamiliar faces. Pasco County Schools has transferred or appointed new administrators at several school campuses across the district. In some cases, administrators are being promoted from another position, are returning to a campus where they worked before or are being elevated where they already work. So, here’s a rundown on … [Read more...]

Construction projects to yield big changes for Pasco students

Pasco County Schools has taken on an ambitious construction schedule that will result in significant changes for thousands of students across Central and East Pasco County in the next few years. Projects now underway will result in reopening Quail Hollow Elementary School in Wesley Chapel and Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes next year. Quail Hollow will have enclosed … [Read more...]

As a new school year begins, be sure kids can hear teachers

A child’s hearing difficulties are not always easy to spot. That’s why volunteers like Alice Jones of Zephyrhills can play such an important role in a child’s life. Jones — recently named Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida’s volunteer of the month — has spent the past several years traveling to various Pasco County schools to conduct hearing tests for children. The … [Read more...]

School board plans to trim property taxes

A state-mandated reduction in school taxes will mean a modest decrease in many homeowners' tax bills this coming year. The Pasco County School Board on Tuesday set the millage rate for 2014-15 at 7.149, and are set to make a final decision on taxes at its September meeting. That is a reduction of 0.208 mills from last year. One mill represents $1 of tax on every thousand dollars of taxable … [Read more...]

Pasco’s free lunches take to the road

It’s hard to imagine getting through most days without that noontime break for lunch. That packed sandwich, frozen entrée, or maybe even a quick trip to a local eatery, is something many people take for granted each day. But for 36,000 students in the Pasco County school district, that trip to the cafeteria may be the only nutritious meal they have all day, paid for through federal tax … [Read more...]

Pasco schools get good news in reading, science

Florida schools are transitioning into the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and some proof of the success of that move already is showing up in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores. Pasco County schools showed improvement in reading and science, but has room for improvement when it comes to math, based on test details released by Pasco County Schools on Friday. "We are … [Read more...]

Providing food, clothing, hope is Daystar’s mission

The workers in this place are downright cheerful. They poke fun at one another, with gentle affection. They get along so famously that one might think they’d work there for free — and, indeed all of them do, except for Sister Jean Abbott, who oversees Daystar Hope Center of Pasco County Inc. The center provides food and clothing for those in need. It got its start more than 20 years ago … [Read more...]