Thursday, May 9, 2013
County officials will be holding a series of meetings to gain community insight.
Pasco County Commissioners are looking for input from New Port Richey area residents on a variety of topics. Just to make sure they get the feedback they're after, commissioners are taking the show on the road, so to say. One of three May community meetings is set to take place in the New Port Richey area. The meeting will focus on several topics, including the county's strategic plan, its current budget and road maintenance needs. The meetings will also give residents a chance to share their opinions and ideas about the state of the county's affairs, according to the county's website. The meetings are being staged in conjunction with an online survey that will be launched this summer. Commissioners will use the opinions and ideas shared …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Plans to spike the positions from the Pasco County School District’s roster to save money are meeting resistance. What do you think about the move?
A cost-saving measure meant to help the Pasco County School District close a portion of an anticipated $23 million funding gap is meeting with resistance. Media specialists from around the county and their supporters don’t agree with a plan to eliminate that position in Pasco County schools. In fact, they came out in force to tell the Pasco County School Board just that during the March 19 meeting, according to The Tampa Tribune. School Superintendent Kurt Browning unveiled a plan to close an anticipated $23 million budget shortfall about two weeks ago. That plan calls for eliminating media specialist positions across the county. School media centers would be staffed instead with a single media technology assistant. The district has said …
Pasco County public school children have March 25-April 1 off.
New Port Richey kids can put away the books and pull out the sunscreen. Spring break in Pasco County officially begins Monday, March 25. Kids don’t return to class until Tuesday, April 2, thanks to a teacher planning day set for April 1. The third quarter’s March 22 end means that teachers need a day to file final grades and catch up on paperwork. It also means that teachers do have to report to school on Monday, April 1 while their students get an extra day to play. Parents can expect to see those third quarter grades on April 8 when report cards go home, according to the school district’s calendar. Other important dates coming up that students and parents need to know about include: What are your spring break plans, New Port Richey? …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Teachers and staff may get two days of pay back in their checks this year.
New Port Richey teachers tired of hearing bleak financial news out of the Pasco County School district office might be in for a surprise. The district thinks it may have found a way to afford canceling the two unpaid furlough days staff and faculty have endured since budget cuts have become a way of life for Pasco schools. Kevin Shibley, the district’s employee relations director revealed a way to save $3 million, effectively ending the need for furlough days this year, during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The cost savings come from multiple sources – two of which would require approval from the United School Employees of Pasco union. The plan’s likelihood of meeting union approval looks good, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Union …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Outstanding School Volunteer awards were presented Tuesday.
Two volunteers from New Port Richey and Holiday schools were recognized by the Pasco County School District for outstanding service on Tuesday. Schools district-wide nominate one youth, one adult and one senior volunteer to compete for Outstanding School Volunteer. The nominations are reviewed by a committee, which selects one volunteer in each category. The judging criteria includes years of service, extraordinary contributions and impact, according to the Pasco School Board. In the senior category, "Chef" Vince Blancato, a volunteer at Gulfside Elementary School, was chosen for his contributions to the health and wellness of Gulfside students. Blancato sings and dances with the children, works with them in the school's garden and teaches…
Friday, December 21, 2012
A twist on the popular book and movie series had Gulf Middle School students competing to make sure families at the school enjoyed a bounty on their tables this holiday season.
How do you get kids excited about a holiday food drive to help feed less fortunate families? That’s the question the organizers of Gulf Middle School’s ABC Food Drive faced down as the holiday season approached. Their solution: piggyback on a popular book and movie series that already has kids excited. Gulf’s own version of “The Hunger Games” kicked off in November. Throughout the drive, teams at the school competed to earn “Tributes,” which are competitors. The selected Tributes now get to compete in the school’s own version of the games, which take place today, Dec. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. The fictional series takes place in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem where power is held in the “Capitol.” The nation’s districts are forced to …
Monday, August 27, 2012
With Tropical Storm Isaac blowing away to our west, the school district says it’s time for students to head back to class.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Pasco County school children hoping for one more day off are out of luck. All Pasco public schools and district offices will open at their regular times tomorrow, Aug. 28, according to Summer Romagnoli, the district's spokeswoman. For more information, visit the district online.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb brought a few issues to the table during Tuesday's school board meeting.
There were no emotional pleas from former employees at Tuesday’s Pasco County School Board meeting, something that had become common in the months leading up to the primary election. But there are “issues on the horizon” that need to be addressed quickly, United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb said. Some teachers who did not attend voluntary summer meetings did not receive teacher’s editions of course textbooks, instead they were given access to the online version. Teachers' contracts stipulate that “the board shall provide when available from the publisher a teachers edition for every course he/she is teaching, Webb said. “Right now this is not happening.” Webb also shared with the board and media a letter sent home Monday…
Monday, August 20, 2012
You can check out the agenda online.
The Pasco County School Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, its first meeting of the new school year. The meeting is open to the public, and comment is welcome at designated times. People who wish to speak must fill out a comment card to be recognized. Speakers have three minutes to address the board. The regular meeting agenda is available here.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Browning unseated incumbent Superintendent Heather Fiorentino in Tuesday’s primary race, capturing 20,022 of the votes to Fiorentino’s 8,360.
Overwhelmed, excited and very grateful. That’s how Kurt S. Browning described his feelings as he stood surrounded by supporters in Land O’ Lakes Tuesday night. Grateful, he said, to all the people who campaigned for him and “the voters that made it happen.” “Folks across the county sensed the need for change,” Browning said. The Lodge at Wilderness Lake Preserve was packed to capacity with well-wishers, many of whom had been there since early evening, watching the election results come in. Browning unseated incumbent Superintendent Heather Fiorentino in Tuesday’s primary race, capturing 20,022 of the votes to Fiorentino’s 8,360. Jan Coad, a Shady Hills Elementary teacher, said she’s taught in the county since 1970. She and her husband, Dan…