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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Board Postpones First Reading of District’s Tentative 2015-2016 Budget

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 27, 2015) – The District School Board of Pasco County has postponed the public hearing and first reading of the 2015-2016 tentative budget, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 3, due to an issue with the required newspaper advertisement.

The advertisement was scheduled to run in the Pasco section of the Tampa Tribune on Sunday, July 26.  The ad will run as a full-circulation advertisement in the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday, July 29.

State law requires the School Board to hold the first reading on the budget within two to five days of the date that the advertisement runs in the newspaper.  To view the 2015-2016 tentative budget, go to


The public hearing and vote on first reading will take place on Monday, August 3, but anyone who appears to speak about the budget on Tuesday, July 28, may do so.     The meetings will be held in the board room, building 3 north, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Special Olympics Unified Soccer Team Departs for the World Games on Monday

 Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 16, 2015) – The Land O’ Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer team will depart LOLHS on their journey to the World Games on Monday, July 20 at 11:45 a.m.  Fans are encouraged to participate in a send-off that day and to wear red, white and blue.  Interested fans should be in place along Gator Lane before 11:45 a.m.  Parking is available to the southeast of the school, 20325 Gator Lane, Land O’ Lakes.

Follow the Action

The Land O' Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer Team will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25 through August 2.  Follow their journey on their Facebook page: World Games USA Unified Special Olympics Soccer.

Pasco County Schools photographer Andy Dunn will be posting daily updates, videos, and photos on the Facebook page. Spread the word about these amazing athletes, unified partners, and coaches by liking the page:  Updates and photos also will be shared on Instagram ( and Twitter (, #LA2015 and #playunified.  Media outlets are encouraged to use the video and photos in daily sports reports during the World Games.

Team U.S.A. Information

The Land O’ Lakes High School Unified Soccer Team consists of 12 members.  Seven members are Special Olympics athletes and five are partners.  The team is coached by state 3A girls soccer coach of the year Vicky King, and assistant coaches Phyllis Crain from LOLHS and Meghan McLean with Special Olympics Florida.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

River Ridge High Student Earns Anne Frank Humanitarian Award

On Thursday, May 28th 2015, River Ridge High School student Rebecca Klarer was presented the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award by the Florida Holocaust Museum.  The award honors one outstanding junior from each county for their humanitarian efforts. According to a museum spokesperson, "Rebecca is an inspirational young woman who is focused on giving to those who are less fortunate, and is a thoughtful and unassuming honoree and an asset to her school."

Rebecca belongs to the National Honor Society, and is the President of the SIP Club (Supporting & Inspiring Peers,) which focuses on developing friendships in children with and without disabilities. Rebecca has also volunteered 5 years of service with the Special Olympics.  As a member of the Interact Club, Rebecca donates time to the Salvation Army to serve food at a local soup kitchen, donates time to the Angel Tree Project at Christmas time, and belongs to the Splash Club - Supporting Environmental Awareness.

Rebecca is pictured below with River Ridge High School Principal Maria Swanson.

picture of Rebecca Klarer

(Photo credit: Tammy Klarer)



Monday, July 13, 2015

Superintendent Kurt Browning Named to State Superintendents Board

            Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 13, 2015) – Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt S. Browning has been appointed to the Florida Association of District School Superintendents Board of Directors as an at-large director.

            His term officially began July 1, 2015, and will end June 30, 2016.  It is a one-year term to complete the term of Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie who moved to an officer’s position on the Board.  Browning will be installed at the next meeting of the Board on July 24, 2015, during the FADSS Board planning meeting in Palm Coast.

            The FADSS Board of Directors functions as the policy making body of the Association.  The Board is made up of the officers (president, president-elect, vice president, and secretary-treasurer), area directors for the seven areas of the state who are elected by their area members to serve on the Board for a two year term, four at-large directors who serve a two year term, and past presidents who are active superintendents.

            “I’m honored that Senator Montford and the FADSS Board have the confidence in me to give me this opportunity to serve in a leadership role at the state level,” said Superintendent Browning.

            Browning was elected in August 2012, and took office as superintendent of Pasco County Schools in November 2012.  Prior to that, he served as Florida secretary of state under the administrations of Governor Rick Scott and Governor Charlie Crist.  Before Governor Crist appointed him secretary of state in 2006, Browning served 26 years as Pasco County’s elected supervisor of elections.

Feeding and Reading to Start on July 14

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 9, 2015) – Pasco County Schools students who are taking advantage of the free summer lunch bus meals also will get free books beginning on Tuesday, July 14.

It’s  important for students to continue reading over the summer break to maintain learning gains from the school year, so the district decided to load up the colorfully painted POP 21 bus with free books to hand out to those students.  The POP 21 bus (Power on Pasco) was procured to use during the school year as a mobile STEM classroom that will travel from school to school to conduct lessons.

Schools and individual staff members donated thousands of used books and the district purchased almost 700 new books from Scholastic.  The books will be sorted into reading levels for pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd grade through 5th grade, 6th grade through 8th grade, and 9th grade through 12th grade.  The book bus, which will be staffed by school board members and district employees who are volunteering their time, will stop at each lunch bus location twice between July 14 and August 6, to distribute books to children. 

A schedule showing the days, times, and locations is below. Volunteers will meet the book bus each day at the Central Bus Compound, located at 5346 Parkway Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes.  The book bus will meet the lunch bus at each school before departing for the stops listed below each school.

Feeding and Reading Bus Stops

Pasco Middle
Tuesday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 28
9:35 a.m. Book bus departs Central Bus Depot for PMS

1st stop:  Arbours Apartment Complex
Near 12861 Stately Oak Street, Dade City
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

2nd stop:  Dade Oaks Apartments  
Near 37455 Acorn Loop, Dade City
Noon to 12:45 p.m.

3rd stop:  Lake George Apartments
Near 15246 Davis Loop, Dade City
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hudson Elementary  # 1
Wednesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 29
9 a.m. Bus departs Central Bus Compound for HES

1st stop:  Hudson Estates/Hills Apartments   
Near 15902 Homewood Lane, Hudson
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

2nd stop:  Harbor Oaks/Rivermill Apartments
12221 Holbrook Drive, Hudson   (end of Cricket Lane)
12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Hudson Elementary  #2
Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, July 30
9:30 a.m. Book bus departs Central Bus Compound for HES

1st stop:  Treehouse Mobile
Near 8303 Sunnydale Drive, Hudson
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

2nd stop:  Parkwood Acres
9734 Dick Street, Hudson
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

3rd stop:  Hudson Library
8012 Library Road, Hudson
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Lacoochee Elementary
Tuesday, July 21 and Tuesday, August 4
9 a.m. Book bus departs Central Bus Compound for LES

1st stop:  Cypress Manor
Near 20637 Evergreen Ct., Dade City
11:30 a.m. to noon

2nd stop:  Cypress Farms  
Near 38727 Patti Lane, Dade City
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Watergrass Elementary
Wednesday, July 22 and Wednesday, August 5
9:15 a.m. Book bus departs Central Bus Compound for WGES

1st stop:  Angus Valley
6542 Applewood Drive, Wesley Chapel
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

2nd stop:  Pasco Woods Apartments
6237 Ryerson Circle, Wesley Chapel
Noon to 1 p.m.

Gulfside Elementary
Thursday, July 23 and Thursday, August 6
9:20 a.m. Book bus departs Central Bus Compound for GSES

Westin Oaks Apartments
Near 1251 Westin Oaks Drive, Holiday
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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