Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Proposed Boundary Maps Available

Both the High School and Middle School Boundary Committees for the west side of the county have completed their work in developing proposed boundary changes. The committees began meeting in May and were tasked with developing a boundary for the new High School “EEE” as well as adjusting boundaries for the entire west side that would balance school populations and provide consistent feeder patterns. These new boundaries, if approved, would take effect beginning in the 2010-2011 school year in conjunction with the opening of the new high school which is currently under construction at State Road 52 and Chicago Avenue. Maps showing the proposed boundaries are posted here on the website. Large maps of these boundaries will also be posted at each of the middle and high schools on the west side of the county. Parents will have opportunities to comment on these boundaries as well as ask questions at parent meetings which will be held in September and October (dates, times and locations to be announced). Parents will also have the opportunity to provide comment to the school board when they take up the issue at two meetings in the late fall of this year (again, dates and times to be announced). Elementary “S”, located off of Community Drive, south of SR 54, just west of Gunn Highway in the Odessa area, is on track to open in August of 2010. The boundary committee charged with developing this boundary will begin meeting in September. A proposed boundary, created from the boundaries of Trinity Elementary, Longleaf Elementary and Oakstead Elementary is expected to be complete by the end of September or early October. A parent meeting will be conducted in October to provide opportunities for parent input and questions. The school board will discuss this boundary in conjunction with the boundaries outlined above. Any questions regarding the boundaries should be directed to the Planning Department. High Schools Proposed Boundary Map (2010/2011) Middle Schools Proposed Boundary Map (2010/2011)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Search Goes Back…to the Future

During the last couple of days I made the decision to scrap our CMSes internal search engine and go back to using the Google custom search we had working on the previous site. The change should be more or less transparent; you still access search using the magnifying glass button in the upper right corner of the page. It's no secret to anyone who worked with me during the development phase of our new site that I've long felt internal search was one of the few weak points of the content management system we selected. Despite my better judgment, I decided to use it at launch for two reasons: First, I figured it would take a little time for Google to re-index our site with all the new changes, and second, I wanted to see how well it would work for he general user. In short, it didn't. At least not yet. So Google is back. In time I'm sure we'll implement some part of the internal search again, most likely to allow for an employee contact finder or as a replacement to the administrative database, but that's going to take some work before it's ready. More news as it becomes available. As always, your comments are welcome.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Food and Nutrition Awarded USDA Best Practice in Customer Service

Pasco County Schools' Food and Nutrition Services Departments has just received word that it has earned a USDA Southeast Region Best Practice Award in Customer Service for its Elementary Color Wheel Program, designed to help elementary students understand their lunch and breakfast meal choices. The program was developed with the help from the food service staff at Cotee River Elementary School during their "Eat Your Colors" promotion. The Color Wheel Program was launched in January after students returned from the winter break. Three different colors are used along with numbers to represent the different food choice categories and the quantity each student may select as a part of a healthy lunch or breakfast. The purpose of the USDA Best Practice Award is to encourage and reward outstanding practices in school food service programs in the Southeast Region, and for the department's continued efforts to provide quality services to Pasco County students. Last year, the department received a USDA Best Practice Award in Food Safety for its Amazing Race Food Safety Training Program. Congratulations to all FNS employees for your continued success!

Congratulations to the FNS Manager Intern Graduates

FNS is pleased to announce the 2009 graduating class of manager interns. Each intern spent the last 16 weeks working along side an experienced manager at a training facility, learning both knowledge and skill-based applications needed to become a successful FNS school food service manager. This is the sixth year for the FNS Manager Internship Program, and the first year the program utilized online training classes. More than 40 employees applied, and eight interns graduated Thursday night, May 28, 2009 at Dr. John Long Middle School. The next manager internship class will begin in August. Congratulations to the following FNS Manager Interns graduates:
  • Evelyn Babilonia, Dr. John Long Middle School
  • Kimberly Bilello, Oakstead Elementary School
  • Crystal Hadley, Charles S. Rushe Middle School
  • Patricia Hopper, Land O' Lakes High School
  • Wendy Howard, Wiregrass Ranch High School
  • Robin Ladig, Centennial Middle School
  • Lisa Parker, J.W. Mitchell High School
  • Michele Weibley, Bayonet Point Middle School

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Exploring for Bugs, Part one

A couple of fixes to the site tonight, which should please visitors still using Internet Explorer 6: 1. Diagnosed and repaired a problem that was preventing the white background image from loading properly on sub pages. Black text on blue is very hard to read, I know. It should be much better now. For those who are interested in such things, it was a simple mistake involving relative paths on the IE specific stylesheet. Now I just need to find time to update the rest of the IE only graphics... 2. Eliminated the Flash of Unstyled Content (FOUC) bug that was causing the upper menu bar to appear as a vertical, rather than horizontal list while the pages were loading. 3. Repaired the styling on the Masthead for IE 6. This fixes the annoying gab between the children at the top of the page and the content below. More fixes to come in the next few days. As an aside, however, if you are still using IE 6, please consider upgrading to the latest version (8), or switching to Firefox or Safari. You will be much happier with the web. Developers and designers worldwide say "thank you!" in advance.

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