Friday, March 09, 2018

Pasco Superintendent Urges Veto of School “Guardian” Funding

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 9, 2018) – Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning is urging Governor Scott to veto the portion of SB 7026 that funds armed school marshals.

Instead of directing the $67 million in nonrecurring funds to pay for school marshals, Superintendent Browning and his colleagues in the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) are urging the governor to direct the Legislature to reallocate those funds so school districts can use them at their discretion, based on each individual district’s safety needs.
“I strongly support funding for school safety measures, but putting this money into a program that virtually no one supports is misguided, and infringes on elected Constitutional officers’ local control,” said Browning.  “For the life of me, I can’t understand why they provide more funding for the marshal program than for placing a law enforcement officer in every school,” he added.  The Florida Sheriff’s Association estimates that it would cost about $400 million for every school in the state to have an SRO.

The governor is expected to sign SB 7026 today.

Crews Lake Middle Students Stand Against School Violence, Honor Victims

Who: Crews Lake Middle School students and staff

What: Student vigil against school violence and in support of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

When: 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14

Where: Crews Lake Middle School pavilion, 15144 Shady Hills Road in Spring Hill

Why: Students will protest violence in schools and honor the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

How: During this vigil, students will discuss why such events are needed to protest school violence. Students then will hold a moment of silence to honor the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting; sing “Lean on Me;” and give closing remarks. Students would like everyone to wear orange at the event to represent gun safety. Students also will collect donations for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School GoFundMe page For more information, contact Crews Lake Middle School at (727) 246-1600.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Pasco Schools Schedules Boundary Workshop

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 6, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is holding a public workshop on proposed boundary rezoning for several west Pasco schools at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 12, in the Mitchell High School gym, 2323 Little Road, New Port Richey.

School district staff will be available to address the proposal and to respond to questions and/or comments regarding the rule being developed from attendees who arrive between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The public also may provide comments electronically.

A public hearing on the final proposed rule is scheduled for April 10, 2018, at 5 p.m. in the School Board chambers, building #3, 7205 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes.

The final rule boundary changes are scheduled to be adopted on May 1, 2018, at the regularly scheduled 6 p.m. board meeting in the School Board chambers, building #3, 7205 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes, with an effective date of July 1, 2018.

The affected schools include Anclote, Gulf, Mitchell, and River Ridge high schools; and Gulf, River Ridge, Seven Springs, and Paul R. Smith middle schools.

The proposed new boundaries will be effective for the 2018-2019 school year, with a phase-in for addresses currently in the far west portion of the Mitchell High School boundary, between Seven Springs Boulevard and the Anclote River. Students who live in that section of the boundary and currently are in 6th or 7th grade at Seven Springs Middle School will be able to complete their middle school education at Seven Springs. Students who live in that section of the boundary and currently are in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade at J.W. Mitchell High School will be able to complete their high school education at Mitchell. Siblings of those students can apply for school choice and will be given priority to enroll in Seven Springs Middle School and Mitchell High School as outlined in our controlled open enrollment plan.

Wiregrass Elementary Students Showcase Talents at STEAM Night

Who: Wiregrass Elementary School students, families and staff

What: Wiregrass Elementary School STEAM Night

When: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Wiregrass Elementary School, 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel

Why: This event will showcase the STEAM curriculum as well as WRES students’ talents.

How: During this event, Wiregrass Elementary School will feature various STEAM programs. Students will display their STEAM talents through various performances and exhibits, including a kindergarten and first-grade concert, a musical theater preview of Willy Wonka — full show is scheduled for spring, and a K-5 art exhibit. The school expects a large turnout for what is sure to be a fun night of STEAM education. For more information, contact Wiregrass Elementary School at (813) 346-0700.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Sanders Elementary Students Display Talents, Solve Problems

Who: Sanders Memorial Elementary School students, staff, and their community

What: Design on Display

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8

Where: Sanders Memorial Elementary School, 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes

Why: Sanders Memorial Elementary School students created an array of exciting community-conscious research projects in an effort to improve their environment.

How: Students have used a design process to identify a problem in their community and solve it. Presentations will include a Special Olympics Village and surfboards that repel sharks. Sanders is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) magnet school where those subjects are infused throughout the curriculum. For more information, contact Steven Garrett at (813) 794-1500.

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