Friday, March 15, 2019

Pasco County Schools Closed Next Week for Spring Break

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 15, 2019) – All Pasco County public schools and offices will be closed Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, for spring break, but PLACE programs will be open for registered students.

Linda Cobbe will be the on-call PIO for breaking news, but will not be available for on-camera interviews until Wednesday, March 20.  For news related to the Florida legislative session, contact Wayne Bertsch on his cell phone.

Monday, March 25, is a teacher work day.  Students return on Tuesday, March 26.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue to Conduct Unique Drill with San Antonio Elementary

Who:  San Antonio Elementary School students and staff, Pasco Sheriff’s Office, and Pasco Fire Rescue

What:  Off-Site Evacuation Drill

When:  10 a.m. Friday, March 15

Where:  From San Antonio Elementary School (32416 Darby Road, San Antonio) to San Antonio Athletic Complex (12750 Oak St., San Antonio) senior field

Why:  The Pasco County Schools Active Threat Plan requires each school to identify an off-campus location for family reunification in the event of a crisis that requires an off-site evacuation.  The sheriff’s office and school district regularly conduct ATP drills in order to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

How:  The drill involves the evacuation of San Antonio Elementary School due to a gas leak.  Parents have been notified and given the ability to opt-out their children.  The PSO will accompany students from the school to the park, where Fire Rescue will be staged.  Students will return to school on school buses.  The following roads will be closed for the safety of students and staff as they walk along Antonio Way:

  • Darby Road at Antonio Way
  • Pasco Road at Antonio Way
  • 7th Avenue at Oak Street
  • Railroad Avenue at Oak Street

Media staging will be on the ballfield located closest to the corner of Railroad Avenue and Oak Street.  Media must remain on the opposite side of the fence from the field on which students are staging.  Pasco County Schools PIO will be Wayne Bertsch.  Lt. James Law or Lt. Troy Fergueson will be available for sound from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.  Media planning to cover the drill should arrive at the media staging area by 10 a.m. to avoid road closures.

After students arrive back at school, they will eat lunch, and the sheriff’s office will have various vehicles on display for them to check out.  A K9 demonstration also is planned.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

400+ Applicants Have Pre-Registered District for Spring Job Fair

Who: Pasco County Schools and its community

What: Spring Job Fair

When: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7

Where: River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

Why: The district holds job fairs in the fall and spring for current openings and for the following school year in an effort to increase the number of highly qualified applicants.

How: Schools are hiring teachers for current vacancies and for positions we know will be vacant next school year.  Conditional offers also will be made to fill teacher vacancies that come up between now and August.  Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating.  Positions are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, for teachers and other areas, including:

  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • Plant managers
  • Intermediate elementary teacher
  • Child care assistants
  • Registrars
  • Athletic coaches
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Custodians
  • Bus drivers

For more information about the Job Fair and to register, visit the district website,, and click on the Job Fair banner at the top.  Visit to view job listings.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Longleaf Elementary Earns Highest Arts Designation

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (February 28, 2019) – Longleaf Elementary School has earned the Arts Achieve! School designation from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education after winning the Florida Arts Model School distinction in all three scoring categories. 

The school has been a Florida Arts Model School for music and visual arts since 2016, but they kicked it up a notch this year by adding theater to their recognition.
Longleaf received 230 out of 235 total possible points in music, earning FAMS status for 2019-2022 in music.  It earned 219 out of 235 in theater, achieving FAMS status for 2019-2022 in theater.  A score of 203 out of 235 qualified for FAMS status for 2019-2022 in visual arts.  Points are earned based on video of performances, lesson plans, teaching video, and school culture, among other criteria.

The school’s Freedom Review show choir performs Friday and Saturday in America Sings at Universal Studios, Orlando.  A school administrator and representatives for each content area will accept the award at the 2019 FAAE Summit, June 20-22, in Ft. Lauderdale.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Deer Park Elementary Pop-Up Store

Who: Deer Park Elementary students

What: Market Day Dollar Store

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, March 1

Where: Deer Park Elementary School media center
             8636 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey

Why: The “Key Deer” student group has been learning about economics, and has designed and created products that they will sell to other students at their pop-up store.

How: Market Day is the culmination of a year-long service project to support the A.S.P.C.A., the charity chosen by the students involved. Students will offer products “for kids, by kids,” such as duct tape wallets, bug hats, shark tooth necklaces, bracelets, and more. Students from all classes can shop for these fun items while they help raise money to provide aid to animals in need. Best of all, everything will cost just a dollar.  All proceeds will go directly to the aforementioned charity.

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