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…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Shots will be offered during secondary back-to-school orientation on Aug. 14.
Parents wondering where to go and how to pay for Tdap vaccinations for their incoming seventh-graders don’t have to worry any longer. The Pasco County Health Department has teamed up with the school district to offer the combined diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccination, also known as the Tdap, during secondary back-to-school orientations. The shots are being offered at no charge and all parents need to do is accompany their kids to the orientation to ensure they can receive them, according to the school district's website. The vaccine is required by the state for all incoming seventh-grade students. Orientation sessions are all scheduled for Aug. 14, but times can vary by school. Here’s the breakdown for West Pasco: The Pasco County …
We have the answer to that question and a rundown of other important dates for the 2012-13 school year.
Wondering when Pasco County public school students return to class to kick off the 2012-13 school year? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a look at all the important dates for New Port Richey area schools: Source: Pasco County Schools Editor’s note: Check with individual schools for morning report and afternoon dismissal times.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pasco County students may not have as many books to take home in the fall.
Technology may lighten the budget as well as students’ backpacks in August, but a full transition to digital books in some classrooms is raising questions in Pasco. At the last school board meeting, Land O’ Lakes High social studies teacher Robert Marsh said he'd recently learned that he would only get a set of books for use in the classroom, with students expected to access the text online to complete assignments outside of class. Marsh said his concern was for those students who don’t have computer access at home and those with parents whose work schedules make it difficult to provide transportation to public libraries for the purpose of completing an assignment . “Those kids on the bottom are going to end up with a problem,” Marsh …
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 …
Monday, June 25, 2012
All normal summer camps are scheduled to take place tomorrow, however the district continues to monitor the weather and will make adjustments, if necessary.
Pasco students enrolled in summer programs can look forward to a day of activity tomorrow. All summer programs will resume Tuesday, according to a district representative. Most summer camps also were held Monday despite the weather, with the exception of the PEACE science camp. "Throughout the day, there have been conversations with county emergency management officials to determine weather conditions. At this time, it is believed that the worst of the storm has passed. Therefore, we will resume all normal summer programs," district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said in an email. "The safety of our students and staff is our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the weather and make adjustments if necessary," Romagnoli said. …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The district will conduct business as usual despite Tropical Storm Debby’s heavy winds and rain.
Pasco County students enrolled in summer programs won’t get a day off courtesy of Tropical Storm Debby. According to district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli, summer programs offered by the district will operate as normal tomorrow, June 25. “The only exception is that the PEACE science camp has been rescheduled due to inclement weather,” she wrote in an email. While most programs won’t be canceled, Romagnoli said students can take the day off with an excused absence if they wish to remain home due to the weather. “The safety of our students and staff is our primary concern,” she wrote. “Parents of students attending summer programs may wish to contact the Transportation Department tomorrow morning at 727-774-0400, 352-524-0400 or 813-794-…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Kids led a long-term project educating people about electronic waste.
Students in fifth grade at Deer Park Elementary in New Port Richey decided this year to figure out a way to make people aware of the problem of “E-Waste,” an alias for discarded electronic devices. They collected more than 350 pieces of electronic waste to recycle in a collection drive in February. Prior to that, they educated themselves and other students about the problem of “E-waste,” which includes broken computers, cell phones, and other consumer products. And for their efforts, their project was selected as state winner of the Disney Planet Challenge, a national contest in which students complete environmentally themed projects. "All the work had to be done by us, the students” said Madison McDaniel, one of the sudents, during a …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Only minor injuries were reported following an afternoon accident on Massachusetts Avenue at Osteen Road.
Gordon Lee Wilkinson was stopped at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Osteen Road when an object inside his car fell to the floor. When Wilkinson reached down to pick up the object, his foot slipped off the brake. That, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, is when Wilkinson’s 2005 Chevy Malibu traveled into the path of an oncoming Pasco County school bus around 1:30 p.m. today, April 10. The bus, driven by Neville Rose, 42, of New Port Richey was heading east on Massachusetts Avenue at the time of the crash, a highway patrol report says. When Wilkinson’s car went through the intersection, it collided with the right front of the bus, causing an estimated $4,500 in damage. Wilkinson, 82, of New Port Richey suffered minor …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Eight-five percent of Pasco’s high schools earned A or B grades.
When the Florida Department of Education released grades for high schools today, Pasco County found reason to celebrate. Eleven of its 13 high schools earned A or B grades from the state Department of Education. That’s 85 percent of Pasco’s high schools; a number that tops the state average of 78 percent. Ten out of 12 of the county’s high schools maintained or improved their grades. Two schools – Anclote and Hudson – dramatically increased their grades. Anclote went from an F grade to an A. Hudson climbed from a D to a B. “These improved results are a reflection of the dedication and commitment of each member of our entire team,” said Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “We are extremely proud of our schools that have made significant …