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: suncoastcreditunion.com, facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion, or twitter.com/SuncoastCU.

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

News Conference to Launch FluMist vaccinations in schools

Who:  Superintendent Kurt Browning, Florida Department of Health in Pasco Administrator Mike Napier, and Healthy Schools Founder Tony Boselli

What:  News Conference to Launch FluMist vaccinations in schools

When:   Noon, Tuesday, November 11

Where:   Seven Oaks Elementary School, 27633 Mystic Oak Boulevard, Wesley Chapel

Why:   Administration of FluMist vaccines in Pasco Schools begins on Tuesday.

How:  Pasco County Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools, LLC, and the Florida Department of Health in Pasco to provide FluMist vaccines to students, with parental consent.  Healthy Schools, LLC, works with the county health department and the school district to provide no-cost flu vaccinations at schools.  Qualified health professionals administer the inhaled influenza vaccines, which are safe, do not contain preservatives, and do not cause recipients to contract the flu.  Following the news conference, media will be allowed to photograph and video nurses administering FluMist vaccines to Seven Oaks Elementary School students.  Visit the district’s website, www.pascoschools.org, or any district school website, to see the vaccination schedule.

CONTACT:    

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

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Land O’ Lakes High School Update

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 6, 2014) – Although there is an increased law enforcement presence on campus at Land O’ Lakes High School today, after the social media threat discovered yesterday, the school has resumed normal operations.

Yesterday’s plan to control access to the school and suspend outdoor activities was canceled after the Pasco Sheriff’s Office identified the subject in the photo and determined that he does not pose a threat to the school.  The law enforcement investigation continues, but LOLHS is operating under their normal schedule, with teachers teaching and students learning.

If there are any updates related to school activities, I will notify media.  The Sheriff’s Office PIOs will provide any updates they have about the investigation.

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