Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pasco County Schools Announces Boundary Meeting Dates

 Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 13, 2016) – Pasco County Schools has appointed committees to draw new attendance boundaries for two schools scheduled to open in August 2017, and for a number of west Pasco schools due to overcrowding.  The committee process will begin in September and will be complete by February 1, 2017.  The new zones will become effective for the 2017-2018 school year.          

High School “GGG” (New school)

8701 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel
High School “GGG” is located on Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, and will open as a 6th through 12th grade school next August, but will only have students in 6th through 11th grade the first year.  The school will relieve crowding at Wiregrass Ranch High School and John Long Middle School.

First Boundary Committee meeting
Time/Date:  10:30 a.m. Friday, September 16
Location:  Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Second Boundary Committee meeting
Time/Date:  10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20
Location:  Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
 

Elementary School “B” (New school)

4380 Ballantrae Boulevard, Land O' Lakes
Elementary School “B” is located in Bexley Ranch in Land O’ Lakes, and will relieve crowding at Oakstead and Odessa elementary schools.

First Boundary Committee meeting
Time/Date:  10:30 a.m. Monday, September 26
Location:  Oakstead Elementary School media center, 19925 Lake Patience Road, Land O’ Lakes

Second Boundary Committee meeting
Time/Date:  10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 13
Location:  Oakstead Elementary School media center, 19925 Lake Patience Road, Land O’ Lakes

Third Boundary Committee meeting (if needed)
Time/Date:  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29
Location:  Oakstead Elementary School media center, 19925 Lake Patience Road, Land O’ Lakes

Parent meeting
Time/Date:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 1
Location:  Oakstead Elementary School cafeteria, 19925 Lake Patience Road, Land O’ Lakes

West Side Schools

With both Seven Springs Middle and J.W. Mitchell High schools experiencing more growth this year, we are faced with the need to rezone students in order to balance the populations with neighboring schools that are under capacity.  This would potentially include Paul R. Smith Middle, Gulf Middle, River Ridge Middle/High, Seven Springs Middle, Anclote High, Gulf High, Mitchell High and Ridgewood High schools.  We do not yet know what areas will be rezoned.

 

First Boundary Committee meeting
Time/Date:  7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 5
Location: Seven Springs Middle School, 2441 Little Road, New Port Richey

Second Boundary Committee meeting
Time/Date: 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 26
Location:  Anclote High School, 1540 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday

Third Boundary Committee meeting (if needed)
Time/Date:  8 a.m. Monday, November 7
Location: River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

Parent Meeting
Time/Date:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, November 14
Location: River Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

PURPOSE of the SCHOOL BOUNDARY COMMITTEE:
The purpose of the School Boundary Committee is to:
• Develop and recommend to the Superintendent and the School Board proposed new school
attendance boundaries that best meet established guidelines
• Provide direction and advice to the Technical Assistance Subcommittee
• Review and critique the work of the Technical Assistance Subcommittee
• Represent the students, parents, communities, schools and district

ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Roles and responsibilities of the School Boundary Committee are:
• Make a commitment to attend all meetings and participate in communicating with the community
• Provide feedback to the Technical Assistance Subcommittee
• Assist in identification of critical issues
• Help develop a school-based communication plan that both informs all parents of the process and
provides a means for the parents to provide input to their SBC representatives
• Participate in presentations to SAC committees, PTAs, and school organizations
• Provide for rumor control
 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SUBCOMMITTEE

ROLE and FUNCTION:
The role of the Technical Assistance Subcommittee is to develop proposed new school attendance boundaries with advice and direction from the School Boundary Committee members. Such proposed new boundaries are to be supported by information that may include current school boundary maps, student location maps, statistical reports on student population growth trends, school housing capacity data, and analysis of the impact and effect the proposed changes to current school boundary areas have on schools.

Boundary Committee meetings are public meetings.  Members of the public may attend as observers only, and will not have input into the meeting process or be able to participate in committee discussions.  Documents considered by the committee will be made available on the district’s Rezoning website:  http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/rezoning/.

 

Friday, September 09, 2016

Chasco Students Smile for Free Dental Services - 1st in Pasco County to Receive Visit

Who: Florida Department of Health in Pasco and Chasco Elementary School students

What: Smile Care A Van Visit

When: 10 a.m., Monday, September 12

Where: Chasco Elementary School, 7906 Ridge Road, in Port Richey

Why: Pasco County Schools and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Pasco have partnered to support the dental health of students across the district.

How: The FDOH in Pasco secured a mobile dental unit, Smile Care A Van, through a federal grant that will visit Title I schools to provide students with free dental services. For the second year, with parent permission, students may elect to receive the following free dental services: assessments, cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants, brushing and flossing instructions, and general oral care education. Attached are the visit dates for the other Title I schools. For more information, contact Lisa Kern at 727-774-2360.


 

Centennial Students Take STEM to Infinity and Beyond

Who: Centennial Middle School grade 6 students

What: STEM Day

When: 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 9

Where: Centennial Middle School, 38505 Centennial Road, in Dade City

Why: To engage Centennial Middle School students in interactive real-world STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities.

How: Centennial Middle School students will participate in a rotational program, where they will visit several stations to explore STEM issues. Some of these stations involve invention kits, unmanned aerial systems (UAVs), catapults, robots, and water rockets. For more information, please contact Bobbi Starling at 352-524-9700.

CONTACT: Linda Cobbe or Spencer Pylant
Communications & Government Relations
813-794-2717 (w), 813-361-8349 (c) or 813-794-2259 (w), 813-388-0020 (c)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Impacts of Hurricane Hermine

Good Afternoon,
In an effort to address questions that have been posed due to the District’s closure last week, the following communication is being sent to all employees. At this point, it appears that our schools have enough student contact time built into their existing schedules to absorb the loss of the two instructional days last week without the need to schedule additional student contact days or add minutes to existing contact days. There will be a need to arrange for the make-up of lost time for certain programs at Marchman Technical College, and the specifics of this make-up time will be communicated to impacted students and staff shortly.

In terms of compensation, all employees will be paid their base salaries for Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Friday, September 2, 2016. Employees who were scheduled to take leave on either of these days (sick, vacation, etc.) will not be charged leave, and any docked leave for these days will be refunded. We hope this information helps to address questions or concerns that may have arisen to this point. Should you have situation-specific questions, please discuss them with your worksite administrator(s). Please be aware that should any additional student contact time be lost this semester, the District will likely be forced to explore make-up options which may include adding student contact days to the week of Thanksgiving or adding additional time to existing student contact days. We hope that we do not need to face that situation, as we know that any such changes would be a disruption for students, staff, and parents.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Pasco Cancels Athletic Events

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 2, 2016) – After considering the current weather and flooding conditions, Superintendent Kurt Browning and his staff believe that it is best to cancel this evening’s athletic events. If weather conditions improve, rescheduling for tomorrow or Tuesday will be considered.

“People are flooded out of their homes, and although it may not be bad on the east side of the county, the west side is experiencing significant problems,” said Superintendent Browning.

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