Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pasco Schools See Highest 1st Day Growth Since Recession

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 24, 2015) – First day enrollment in Pasco County Schools increased by more than 1,000 students over the previous year for the first time since 2007.

Even though four schools have not submitted enrollment figures, the first day enrollment exceeded the first day of the 2014-2015 school year by 1,579, for a total of 66,059 students. The district had predicted a total enrollment increase of 1,490.

Following is the breakdown by school type comparing this year’s opening day count with last year’s opening day count:

  • Elementary Schools:  plus 672
  • Middle Schools: minus 7
  • High Schools:  plus 526
  • Education Centers:  minus 53
  • Charter Schools: plus 441
  • Total All Schools:  plus 1,579
  • Total All Non-Charter Schools:  plus 1,138
  • Last year’s opening day count:  64,480
  • This year’s opening day count: 66,059 (Note that these numbers do not encompass all of the FTE earning cost centers such as McKay Scholarship, eSchool, etc.).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pasco County Schools Adult Graduation Dates Set

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 10, 2015) – The Pasco County Schools 2015/2016 adult education graduation ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. August 25 through 28, as follows:

East Side Graduation, Tuesday August 25, 2015, Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel
West Side Graduation, Thursday, August 27, 2015, Center for the Arts at River Ridge

East Side Graduation, Tuesday January 26, 2016, Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel
West Side Graduation, Tuesday January 28, 2016, Center for the Arts at River Ridge

The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel is located at 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel.  The Center for the Arts at River Ridge is located at 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey.

Pasco Schools and Sheriff Announce New Social Media Sites for Information about School Safety

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 19, 2015) – Pasco County Schools Superintendent and Pasco Sheriff’s Capt. James Mallow announced a new approach to the dissemination of school safety and crime prevention information at a news conference this morning.

The school district and Sheriff’s Office will use social media to communicate coordinated messages when there is law enforcement activity at schools.  The new sites are facebook.com/pascosheriffschoolsafety, twitter.com/psoschoolsafety, and Instagram.com/pascosheriffschoolsafety.

Flyers and posters in English and in Spanish are being disseminated at all district schools with a message that encourages parents to use these social media sites to get accurate messaging when they hear about a school incident.  Sheriff’s deputies and the district want parents to know that they should not call the school or go on campus when they hear that a school is on lockdown or in a controlled campus.  They should check the above sites to get the accurate story.

Copies of the flyers are attached.  A video of the news conference is available at https://youtu.be/LZ4NPe0OER8


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Principal Resigns, Acting Principal Appointed

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 19, 2015) – River Ridge High School Principal Maria Swanson has resigned for health reasons, effective September 2, 2015.  The district had learned of a potential violation of School Board Policy 1130 and an inappropriate relationship with a staff member and promptly began an investigation.
Superintendent Kurt Browning has appointed retired Pasco High School Principal Pat Reedy as temporary acting principal, effective on Thursday, August 20, while the district advertises the principal vacancy and interviews candidates.  The vacancy will be advertised tomorrow, Thursday, August 20.

RRHS assistant principal Erik Hermansen has been temporarily reassigned to Fivay High School.  Fivay has a new principal and is temporarily housing approximately 550 students from Bayonet Point Middle School, on top of more than 1,200 anticipated high school students.  The school was built with a capacity for 1,825 students.

“This is the absolute worst time to have a shake-up in a school’s administration, but in the best interests of the students and staff, I thought it was prudent to make these moves now,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “I’m confident that the remaining administrators and the faculty of this great school will work with Acting Principal Reedy to have a successful school year start.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pasco Schools & Sheriff’s Office to Hold School Safety Media Conference

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 18, 2015) -- Pasco County Schools and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office have scheduled a media conference at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Wed., August 19, at Land O’ Lakes High School, concerning a new approach to the dissemination of school safety and crime prevention information.

Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning will be joined by members of the Pasco Sheriffs’ Office school resource officer unit in explaining the philosophy behind the change. The two organizations will begin to focus their efforts through new social media platforms aimed specifically at Pasco school safety, providing a “one-stop” location for parents, students and staff to receive this important information.

Information to be disseminated includes timely release of school campus lockdown situations, crime prevention and safety information for students, traffic laws related to school buses and school zones, and possible crime information that students may be able to provide information about to assist law enforcement, like caught on camera security photos.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office will be shutting down its numerous school resource officer Facebook pages that it currently maintains, but individual Pasco school Facebook pages will remain functional.

The location of the media conference will be in the gymnasium, 20325 Gator Ln., Land O’ Lakes, at Land O’ Lakes High school.  (Directions:  From State Road 54:  Go north 5.3 miles to the light at Gator Lane and turn left.  Follow the road onto campus, staying to the right, and the gym is on the north side of the school.  From State Road 52:  Go south 7.5 miles to the light at Gator Lane and turn right.  Follow the road onto campus, staying to the right, and the gym is on the north side of the school.)

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