Dear Current & Future LOLHS Families:
In 2012, Pasco County voters approved the renewal of the Penny For Pasco sales tax, part of which is dedicated to paying for school renovations. To date, the School Board’s portion of the Penny has paid for total renovations of Anclote Elementary, Bayonet Point Middle, Quail Hollow Elementary and Shady Hills Elementary schools.
For each of the above-mentioned renovations, we closed the schools and temporarily housed students at other facilities. The decisions about where to house the students were made after much discussion among staff, and with four considerations:
1. Minimal disruption
2. Logistically feasible
3. Best use of taxpayer dollars
4. Student safety
I can say with certainty that the students adjusted quickly to their new circumstances, and each school had a successful school year (or two) while they were temporarily displaced. We did not waste taxpayer dollars and students were in safe environments.
The next scheduled renovation, which is slated to begin in June 2017, will be at Land O’ Lakes High School. No decision has been made about where Land O’ Lakes students will be housed during the 2017-2018 school year.
We are considering several options, and as with the previous schools, the decision will be based on what will cause the least disruption, what is logistically feasible, what is the wisest use of taxpayer funds, and what will be the safest choice for students and staff.
We will post information and details about the renovation on the Renovations web page, www.pascoschools.org/renovations, as specifics are worked out. We also will have a parent meeting to share information in the coming months. In addition, LOLHS administration will keep parents informed as we move toward the much-needed overhaul of LOLHS.
Kurt S. Browning
Superintendent of Schools