Serving meals to children in need

Efforts are ongoing to keep children fed during this time of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As school district officials know, for many children their school meals are their only reliable source of food. So, both the Pasco and Hillsborough County school districts have set up meal distribution sites and have been providing meals to students ages 18 and under. At the … [Read more...]

Central Pasco changes being considered

A number of land-use and zoning changes are being considered on properties within Central Pasco County. The proposals were considered by the Pasco County Commission and its advisory body, the Pasco County Planning Commission last week. The County Commission: Transmitted to the state Department of Economic Opportunity and reviewing agencies a request to amend the county’s land-use plan … [Read more...]

Grades slip at numerous local schools

The Florida Department of Education has released its annual school grades, and the news was not good for numerous Pasco County schools in The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. “As soon as I saw the information, I was pretty distraught,” said Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley. “This has to really be broken down,” she said, noting she has requested a school board workshop to … [Read more...]

Using technology to enrich learning

There was a quiet buzz around the room, as teachers conferred with their colleagues. They were working in teams, planning projects they will use in the coming year that will infuse technology into their daily teaching. The 20 teachers, from across Pasco County, were part of the Teacher Technology Summer Institute that recently wrapped up at the University of Saint Leo, near Dade … [Read more...]

Enrollment growth in Pasco highest since recession

Drive through Pasco County and it’s easy to see the signs of growth. New houses are popping up in subdivisions. New apartment complexes are being built, and land is being cleared for more development. And now that school is back in session, some of that growth is beginning to show up in classrooms, too. For the first time since 2007, the enrollment figures for the first day of school … [Read more...]