Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
March 8, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

March 8, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

March 8, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

March 8, 2018

Superintendent's Message

Tomorrow (Friday) was supposed to be the last day of the annual Florida legislative session, but the House and Senate didn’t agree on a final budget in time to vote on it Friday, so the session has been extended into next week.  The one thing the legislature is required to do during the regular session is pass a budget, and they have to allow 72 hours between the time a budget deal is reached and a final vote is taken in both houses.  The budget provides for only about 47 cents more in the base student allocation than the current budget year, and we expect to receive around $13 million in additional funding.  Most of these additional funds must be spent on specific programs, or will go to fund new enrollment growth.  We are waiting to find out how much funding we’ll get for school safety improvements, but we do not anticipate that it will be enough to do everything we’d like to do.  Regardless of the amount, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and I are committed to working together to address threats to our student and staff safety as soon as they are known; to assess our schools for safety deficiencies; to help teachers, staff, and administrators identify security threats; and to commit all the resources we can to secure our schools.

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Garage Door Giveaway 

Precision Overhead Garage Door has reached out to Pasco County Schools offering to install a free garage door at the home of a deserving employee.  Only people who are in need of a new garage door should respond.  If your garage door is old, damaged, or not working properly, please click here and provide your name, address, title, and work location.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 13, at noon.


TalentEd Records System Launch

HREQ is proud to announce the launch of our new records system, TalentEd.  The system will allow us to better communicate with all employees.  For example, HREQ will be sending out contracts to administrative, professional/technical, NNB, and instructional employees Friday through TalentEd.  This will eliminate the mass paper distribution and collection, and enable employees to electronically view and sign.  We have already sent out hurricane shelter volunteer forms via TalentEd and learned that many employees marked the email as junk or spam. Please ask your employees to check their junk folder, and change this designation, as the emails from TalentEd are not spam and are an important way for HREQ to communicate with them.  Also, employees will continue to receive emails from the system until they log in and review/electronically sign their contract.  A School Messenger call to all employees is scheduled for later this week.  If you have any questions, please contact your human capital partner.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Have you ever thought about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister?  Being a "big" often means including your "little" in things you already like to do — going to a game, taking a bike ride, or reading books.  You can help change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever.  If you are interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, click here for a list of orientation dates and locations.


Cheers to Public Service Award

Irish 31 Pub House and Eatery, along with community partners are sponsoring the Cheers to Public Service program.  The program celebrates those that have an undeniable impact on youth in our community by being "IRISH" (Influential, Reliable, Impassioned, Selfless and Humble).  Click here for more information.


Daytona International Speedway Free Rewards Program

Daytona International Speedway's free Race Rewards program is an excellent way to save on all 2018 races at the Daytona International Speedway. Click here to view offers and use Race Rewards code: 2018REWARDS.


2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award

The GRAMMY Music Educator Award recognizes public school and private school educators, who have made a significant and lasting contribution to music education, and demonstrated a commitment to maintaining music education in schools. Winners of this program are awarded a $10,000 personal honorarium, a matching school grant of the same amount, and a trip to the 2019 GRAMMY Awards. Click here and here to learn more about the program and nomination process.

Celebrate National School Social Work Week

Click here to read about the who, what, and why of School Social Work Services.


Free Tax Preparation

United Way is offering free tax preparation for Pasco County residents with low to moderate income.  Click here for more information.


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Tech Share Live

The Office for Leading and Learning will be holding an event called Tech Share Live for all instructional employees on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Tech Share Live is a FREE “unconference” where you can enjoy a day of discussion and networking with educators from Pasco County. Bring an idea for a session that you would like to lead or come with the anticipation of a full day of learning.  Click here for more information.


Discovery Education Network Summer Institutes

Discovery Education Network is now accepting applications for their free summer professional development experiences.   The University of North Carolina- Wilmington will host the DEN Summer Institute, Principal Summit, and STEMmersion.  If you enjoy using your Discovery Education services and want to learn even more, apply now! If selected, Discovery Education covers lodging, professional development sessions, and all meals. Click here for more information or to submit your application.


Florida Southern College - Information Sessions

Join Florida Southern College at one of their information sessions. Attendees will learn about bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs in education. Click here for more information. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.


FSU Educational Leadership Program

Florida State University (FSU) is offering an exciting opportunity for teachers to become school leaders by enrolling in a nationally recognized, fully online educational leadership program.  FSU offers three levels:  master’s (M.S.), specialist (Ed.S.), and certificate (non-degree seeking).  Teachers can complete a state-approved program in two years, while they continue to teach full time.  FSU students are top performers when compared with other educational leadership programs in Florida.  The application deadline for the fall 2018 semester is June 1, so now is the perfect time to apply.  Click here to apply and view other program details.

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School Spotlight


Schrader Elementary School practices meditating in the classroom.

Staff in the Spotlight

Todd Cluff, principal, Seven Springs Elementary School. Click here to learn more.


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One More Week to Vote for Turnaround Awards

The Turnaround Awards are an opportunity for instructors to recognize and award middle school and high school students who have made significant strides toward success both academically and personally. Nominations for the school's turnaround student are due by Friday, March 15. Click here to learn more and vote. The Turnaround Awards Ceremony details are below. 

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 2

Where: Tampa Bay Golf  and Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive in San Antonio, Fl


One Community Now Hunger Walk

The One Community Now Hunger Walk will be held Saturday, April 7, at Gulf High School to help raise funds for Pack A Sack Food 4 Kids.

Many at-risk students won't eat at all between lunch on Friday and breakfast Monday morning. Childhood hunger is a problem that threatens our children and our future. We're in danger of losing an entire generation of leaders, innovators and problem solvers.  With your support, we can make sure every at-risk child has access to food over the weekend. The Hunger Walk is a collaborative effort to promote hunger awareness and raise hunger relief funds for children living in Pasco County. 

All proceeds from the walk go toward feeding children through the One Community Now Pack A Sack 4 Kids program to help address chronic hunger among school-aged children. You will also enjoy a fun, family festival atmosphere that includes free activities, games, and entertainment. For more information and to register, click here

Special Olymipics 5K Fun Run

New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center

New Port Richey

Saturday, March 17

Click here to register.


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Nicole Westmoreland, Girls on the Run is sending a MAJOR Energy Award to Ashley Linden and Julie Wierzbowski in the Purchasing Department! Ashley and Julie provide critical support to GOTR each season and are allowing our program to grow in Pasco County Schools. GOTR is an evidence-based program that uses running to teach life skills to girls in 3rd-5th grade. Together, we are inspiring girls to know there are no limits on who they can be, only opportunities to be remarkable. - Laura Moore, Girls on the Run


Superintendent Browning,  I wanted to reach out to the district school board to be sure Mr. Schaming receives the recognition he is due.  He is an outstanding counselor between parents and students.  His support of my daughter and his helpfulness to me personally has been more than ever expected from a school counselor.  Mr. Schaming is an asset to HHS and the rapport he has with students and their comfort in seeking him out is invaluable in this day and age.

He has been such a great counselor for my daughter not just academically but a great deal on a personal level.  She reaches out to him for all her personal problems and he is willing to listen and guide her through her choices.  It amazes me how a school counselor can go above and beyond his call of duty she feels loved by all her teachers! It means a lot as a parent when my daughter says to me “my teachers care a lot about me mom, please tell them what has happened”.   Ms. Toller, (which saved my daughter and raised a concern when she noticed something going on) Mr. Lewis is always highly spoken about in our household, and as well as Corporal Williams always checking in with her. 

I wanted to write to you today to express my sincere gratitude for the exceptional staff who works at Hudson High School.  I couldn’t be more thankful. Thank you for all the care that you give to my daughter.  I can’t tell you how much easier it makes life knowing that you can trust the people caring for your child.  At times it may seem like a thankless profession but I can assure that you never go unappreciated.  Thank you so much for everything  -  Lysa Morgan


Linda Cobbe, The front office received a phone call from Mrs. Brown.  Mrs. Brown wanted to let us know what a fantastic job the staff at Wooldland Elementary School is doing to support her daughter, who is new to the school.  She was homeschooled, and it was a very tough decision to put her back in a public school.  But, Mrs. Brown said it was one of the best decisions her family has made.  They have seen changes in her daughter's self-esteem, and her confidence has risen dramatically.  She loves coming to school and loves reading to the kindergarteners.  Mrs. Brown said the school is doing all of the right things, and she greatly appreciates it.

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