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 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...]

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...]

Pasco school district raises expected soon

Union and school district negotiators reached a contract settlement as Pasco County School teachers headed to winter break. The proposed contract calls for a 3.25% raise for teachers, as well as a number of contract language provisions. Don Peace, president of United School Employees of Pasco (USEP), covered this year’s contract negotiations between the union the school district in a video, … [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...]

Education a key theme for upcoming session

Education was a recurring theme among speakers at a recent meeting held by the Pasco County Legislative Delegation before this year’s annual session. Local citizens and civic leaders voiced their concerns on this hot-button issue during a Jan. 18 gathering at Sunlake High School, with six local representatives to the state Legislature. Dozens of interest groups and local government leaders … [Read more...]

Guiding Pasco County Schools is a big job

As Kurt Browning begins his second term as superintendent of Pasco County Schools, he knows he’s got his work cut out for him. He found that out during his first term. “I tell people, I have not worked as hard in my adult life as I have this past four years,” said Browning, who directs the daily operations of Florida’s 11th-largest school district. The 58-year-old quickly added: … [Read more...]

School year starts sooner for local students

The 2016-2017 school year will ring in earlier for students in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Students in Pasco County will begin next school year on Aug. 15 and will finish it on May 26. The Pasco County School Board approved the new calendar without discussion. “The purpose for the earlier start date is to allow secondary students to complete semester exams before winter break,” … [Read more...]

Contract proposal includes pay raises, more planning time

A vote is scheduled on Jan. 14 to determine whether or not a proposed contract between Pasco County Schools and the United School Employees of Pasco will garner enough support for adoption. Negotiators for Pasco County Schools and the United School Employees of Pasco have hammered out a deal that includes pay raises and increased instructional planning time. But it also calls for the end of … [Read more...]

Contract proposal includes pay raises, more planning time

Negotiators for Pasco County Schools and the United School Employees of Pasco have hammered out a deal that includes pay raises and increased instructional planning time. But it also calls for the end of smoking on all district properties and for the end of a district early retirement program. Teachers and school-related employees, on average, would receive a 3 percent increase under the … [Read more...]