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Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Lunches For Kids Over Thanksgiving Break

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 21, 2014) – Gulfside Elementary School will provide free lunches to students on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24 through November 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gulfside Elementary School’s cafeteria and from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Westin Oaks Apartments. Pasco schools are closed the entire week for Thanksgiving break.

Participating students can choose from cheeseburgers, pizza, chicken nuggets, vegetables, yogurt and milk. The Gulfside Elementary playground also will be open during the lunch period.

Gulfside Elementary School is located on 2329 Anclote Boulevard in Holiday and Westin Oaks Apartments is located at 1251 Weston Oaks Drive in Holiday. For additional information contact Gulfside Principal Chris Clayton at 727-424-8159.

Thanksgiving Break Closings

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 21, 2014) – All Pasco County schools and business offices will be closed Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving break, with the following exceptions.

  • PLACE childcare centers will be open regular hours (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Monday, November 24 through Wednesday, November 26, and will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28.
  • Health and Wellness Centers will be open regular hours Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25.  Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November 26, and will be closed Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29.

Linda Cobbe will be on call for breaking news stories, but will not be in town part of the break for on-camera interviews.  Email me at or call my cell phone at (813)361-8349.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New School Board Chairman, Vice Chairman Elected

 Land O’ Lakes, Florida – (November 19, 2014) – At last night’s board meeting, the District School Board of Pasco County elected Steve Luikart as School Board Chairman and Joanne Hurley as School Board Vice Chairman. Luikart, who served last year as vice chairman, replaces Alison Crumbley as chairman.
Steve Luikart was elected to the District 5 school board seat in 2010, and was subsequently reelected in 2014.  He is a retired school administrator.  District 5 encompasses the northwest corner of the county, including Hudson, and parts of Port Richey, Spring Hill, and New Port Richey.
Joanne Hurley was elected to the District 2 school board seat in 2008, and was subsequently reelected in 2012. She previously served as vice chairman and chairman of the District School Board of Pasco County. She has been a teacher in the public schools, a drug prevention specialist, and a teacher and administrator in various preschools and day care centers.  She also served as Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise’s community relations coordinator and public information officer in the Tampa Bay region. District 2 encompasses the central and southeastern portions of the county, and parts of Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.

Steve Luikart - Chairman, District School Board of Pasco County



Joanne Hurley, Vice Chairman, District School Board of Pasco County

Pasco Schools, Sheriff Partner for Employee Wellness

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 19, 2014) – The District School Board of Pasco County approved an interlocal agreement with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for co-use of the district’s Health and Wellness Centers.

“We are very excited about the partnership’s potential and that we are able to expand this very cost-effective, convenient health care program to also benefit the sheriff’s employees,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

The district is adding additional space to the Land O’Lakes center and bringing a fifth center online in Wesley Chapel to provide the physical space needed for the increase in district staff utilization as well as the sheriff’s office staff.  In addition, as part of the start-up, the sheriff’s office will have their own providers and a separate schedule for their employees to ensure that both the district and the sheriff’s office have enough appointment capacity to provide services to their respective employees.

The sheriff’s office employees benefit by gaining access to the health and wellness centers, and the district benefits by sharing some of the fixed overhead costs associated with operating the centers. This agreement also represents the building of another bridge between local governmental agencies.

The centers currently are located at Land O’ Lakes High School, Centennial Middle School in Dade City, Hudson High/Middle School, and near Gulf High School in New Port Richey.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Suncoast Credit Union Puts Ronald Mcdonald Size Smiles On Elementary School Students

WHO: Lacoochee Elementary School students, USF Health Pediatrics, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation and Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM.

WHAT: Lacoochee Elementary School students will receive free medical screenings from the Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM.

WHERE: Lacoochee Elementary School 38815 Cummer Rd.   Dade City, FL 33523

WHEN: November 17, 2014
9:30 a.m. – Remarks by Cindy Helton, Executive Director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation and Jeanette Fleischer, ARNP, Program Director of Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM
9:45 a.m. – First appointment
2:30 p.m. – Last appointment

DETAILS: In an effort to offer students healthcare, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM program. Residents in the USF Health Pediatrics program and USF Health medical and nursing students will work under the guidance of Jeanette Fleischer, ARNP, and provide uninsured families with health screenings. For six consecutive years, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has supported the Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM program operated by USF Health Pediatrics. The gift is part of the ongoing USF: Unstoppable Campaign. Since the donation from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, USF Health Pediatrics program has been able to help over 1,900 students in 13 Pasco County schools.

ABOUT: Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership and the 15th largest in the United States based on $5.8 billion in assets. Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is sponsored entirely by Suncoast Credit Union, allowing 100 percent of funds contributed to go directly to the organizations and initiatives that assist children in the communities the credit union serves. In 2013, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation provided $1.7 million in funding and grants for a total of $9 million since its inception in 1992. For more information visit:,, or

About Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM
The Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM, a partnership between USF Pediatrics and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay is largely supported by the generous donations from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation and Tampa General Hospital. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program brings cost effective, high-quality medical and dental care directly to underserved children in both rural and urban areas. The Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM units provide health screenings, oral health services, diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease and health education to children who would otherwise go without health care. This unique service also provides medical training opportunities for pediatric residents, medical students and nursing students. For more information about scheduled visits by the Ronald McDonald Care MobileTM, contact Jeannette Fleischer at (813) 259-8754.

University of South Florida Health
USF Health is the partnership of the University of South
Florida Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing,
the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the Doctors of USF Health. USF Health is an integral part of the University of South Florida, a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success.

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Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
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