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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pasco’s First Magnet School Application Period to Open

Who:  Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board members, Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Magnet School Principal Jason Petry, Ted Williamson with Williamson Dacar Associates, Ajax Building Corporation Operations Manager Mike Dumas

What:  Press conference

When:  10:30 a.m. Monday, December 1

Where:  Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School construction site, 5126 School Road, Land O’ Lakes

Why:  To announce the beginning of Pasco County Schools’ first magnet school application period and tour its first magnet school.

How:  The application period for Pasco County Schools’ first magnet school begins on Monday, December 1, 2014, and runs through Thursday, January 15, 2015.  Superintendent Browning will discuss the district’s efforts to expand educational choice and the opening of the first magnet school.  Principal Jason Petry will share his vision for the school and the STEAM magnet concept. Ted Williamson with Williamson Dacar Associates will detail the school’s design and architecture, and Ajax Building Corporation Operations Manager Mike Dumas will lead a tour of the school site.  Sanders is scheduled to open in August 2015.  For more information about Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School, including a virtual tour, go to and click on the Sanders banner at the top.

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.

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Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
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