Thursday, October 18, 2012
Pasco County Public Schools are closed for a teacher planning day.
Pasco County public school students get to sleep in a little later on Monday, Oct. 22. All public schools are closed Monday for a teacher planning day. The first grading period ended Oct. 19, which means teachers need Monday cleared to tally grades and get prepared for the next grading period. The next time students are off in Pasco is Nov. 19, which is the start of the weeklong Thanksgiving break. For a complete look at the school year calendar, visit the district online. How are your kids spending their Monday off? Share your best ideas for keeping New Port Richey kids busy in the comments section.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The new federal legislation cuts portion sizes and requires more fruits and vegetables, something a district official says is generating a lot of complaints.
New federal guidelines are shaking up school lunches for the first time in 30 years. It’s an effort to make it easy for students to maintain a healthy diet. But the students aren’t buying it. The new guidelines for school lunches went into effect in August, and school officials say complaints are up, sales are down—and the changes will cost the district more than a million dollars this year alone. The healthier meals are a component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Let's Move! Campaign. The legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for the USDA’s core child nutrition programs, including school lunches and breakfasts. The legislation requires limits on proteins and …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The superintendent's office is looking into whether students will need to make up the day lost to Tropical Storm Isaac.
The threat of Tropical Storm Isaac closed Pasco schools Monday, Aug. 27, but whether that day will need to be made up by students remains to be seen. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said her office is "in the process of looking into it," but she did not have an answer for the board at its Sept. 4 meeting. "So stay tuned," board chairwoman Joanne Hurley said. The district has staked out Nov. 19-20 as possible hurricane make up days in its calendar for the 2012-13 school year. This falls during Thanksgiving break. What do you think about students possibly having a shortened Thanksgiving vacation courtesy of Tropical Storm Isaac? Let us know in the comments section.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Food and Nutrition services is looking to fill more than 50 vacancies.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Media Release: The District School Board of Pasco County's Food and Nutrition Services is looking for new faces for more than 50 job vacancies throughout the county to start effective August 15, 2012. Are you: • A stay-at-home mom who wants work, yet be at home when your children are out of school? • An empty nester who has raised a family but is now looking for a little something extra? • A retiree who is looking for extra income? • A person who enjoys working in the food industry but doesn’t want to work nights, holidays, and weekends? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we may have a position in your neighborhood school cafeteria just for you! To view the available food and nutrition positions, applicants can visit the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Public input on how to close the gap is being sought in a series of town hall meetings.
The Pasco County School District is facing its fifth consecutive year of multi-million-dollar budget shortfalls. That’s why school board members are once again turning to the community for assistance. The board will play host to a series of town hall meetings this month that are designed to garner input on how to close the funding gap. How would you handle cutting the school district's budget? Let us know in the comments section. Board members "value the input of all stakeholders and felt it was an important part of the decision-making process,” said Summer Romagnoli, the school district’s spokeswoman. The town hall meetings were introduced last year when the district faced a funding gap of more than $55 million. “They would like this same…