Friday, May 18, 2018

Pasco County Schools Wins GOLD

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 16, 2018) – The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools has recognized Pasco County Schools as a GOLD level district for the period of May 2018 through April 2020.

“We are proud to be recognized for being in the forefront of ensuring the future of a healthy Florida by creating health literate and students and staff that are fit, healthy, and ready to learn,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

The designation is based on the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment. The self-assessment tool considers sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. It was developed by the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools (FPHS) out of a desire to recognize and celebrate the hard work and success of school districts related to the physical, mental, and social health of students and staff.

FPHS collaborated with Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District School Superintendent’s and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to recognize 50 Florida Healthy School Districts. These districts have established a culture and climate that embrace the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach to reduce barriers to learning and support academic achievement.

Pasco County Schools will be invited to participate in the Healthy District Collaborative facilitated by the Florida Departments of Education and Health where they will be provided professional development, technical assistance, and information for resource/funding opportunities.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

West Side School Boundaries Hearing Changed to May 24

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 17, 2018) – There is no administrative hearing today on west side school boundaries. The petitioner requested a continuance, so the hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 24, at 9 am, in the school board meeting room.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 15, 2018) – Ridgewood High School will celebrate 40 years of history at the school’s closing ceremonies event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

Current and past students and staff are encouraged to gather and walk the halls together, regardless of when they attended. More than 1,000 attendees are expected.

During the event, trophies, pictures, and other awards will be distributed to students and staff who earned them. Other memorabilia, such as athletic and band uniforms, will be for sale at a low price. A family fun area will include bounce houses and music. After the fun and open house portion, a closing ceremony presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Ridgewood is converting to a technical high school beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. In August, the school will re-open as Wendell Krinn Technical High School, with opportunities to earn industry certification and college credits in 14 subject areas.

Many local businesses and families are providing financial and in-kind assistance, including Winghouse, which is providing food for the entire event. Winghouse and Third Lake Capital are Presenting Sponsors. AirFun Games, Rollin James Custom Jewelers, Publix, and Anclote Restoration are Platinum Level Sponsors. Ed’s Shoe Repair, Faupel Funeral Home, Inc., Mancini Automotive, true focus eyecare, and Walmart are Gold Level Sponsors.

Former faculty and staff who are planning to attend should call Cathy Tezber at (727) 774-3901, email her at, or complete the online RSVP form at Ridgewood High School is located at 7650 Orchid Lake Rd., New Port Richey.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Pasco Schools to Make First Safety Guard Employment Offers

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 11, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is making employment offers today to nine applicants who interviewed yesterday for elementary school safety guard positions. Another 28 applicants have been approved by interview panels and will be offered employment pending reference checks.

Teams of three made up of Pasco Schools administrators and Pasco Sheriff’s Office resource officers interviewed more than 50 applicants Thursday afternoon and evening. The interviewed applicants were selected from the initial pool of 125, and all had extensive law enforcement, military, and/or security backgrounds.

Dozens more potential applicants attended information sessions and submitted applications last evening. A second round of interviews is scheduled for May 21, with applicants who were not able to submit applications before the district had to suspend the process to review the initial 125 submissions for yesterday’s interviews.

The School Board approved Superintendent Kurt Browning’s proposal to hire 53 elementary school safety guards at their May 1, regular meeting, in order to comply with provisions of SB 7026. The application window went live that morning, and was suspended last Friday due to the overwhelming response.

“I’m thrilled at the response from so many very highly quality, experienced law enforcement personnel,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

Those hired for the position will complete one week of paid orientation and classroom training June 4 through June 8, and one week of paid Pasco Sheriff’s Office training between June 11 and July 10. Guards also will undergo drug, psychological, and fitness assessments.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Five Pasco Schools Named U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 9, 2018) – Land O’ Lakes High School led Pasco County’s list of five high schools on the U.S. News & World Report list of 2018 Best High Schools, followed by J.W. Mitchell, Wiregrass Ranch, and Sunlake high schools, and Pasco e-School.

“They are among the elite schools that scored high enough to earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Best High Schools ‘badge,’” said Mark W. White, vice president, Specialty Marketing, for U.S. News & World Report, in his notification to the school district.

Less than 30 percent of high schools in the country qualify for the list of Best High Schools.

Four of the schools earned Silver badges, an honor only 11 percent of U.S. high schools can claim. Land O’ Lakes was ranked 50th in Florida, based on their 87 percent graduation rate and 53.5 ranking for college readiness. J.W. Mitchell ranked 90th in Florida, with an 85 percent graduation rate and 44.5 college readiness ranking. Wiregrass Ranch came in at number 117 in Florida, with a 91 percent graduation rate and 37.4 college readiness ranking. Sunlake’s 86 percent graduation rate and 37.3 college readiness score ranked them 119th in Florida.

Pasco eSchool earned a Bronze badge, with a 100 percent graduation rate, but had no college readiness ranking. Only 16 percent of U.S. schools fall into the Bronze badge category.

“I can’t tell you how proud this news makes me,” said Kurt Browning, Pasco County superintendent of schools. “This is a testament to our administrators’ deliberate planning, our teachers’ high-impact instruction, and our students’ hard work and focus,” he added.

For more information about Pasco’s schools on the 2018 Best High Schools report, go to

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