Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
August 9, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 9, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 9, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 9, 2017

Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

New School Year, New Look

Welcome back! I am excited that another school year is upon us. Because of you, we made great strides last year, and I am confident that we will see continued success this year. With that in mind, School Matters, our employee newsletter, has a revamped format. Content will be displayed in a more efficient manner, reducing scroll fatigue. Thanks for all you do to contribute to our students' success!

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What’s New in Pasco County?

School starts for Pasco County students on Monday, August 14, and the district has new schools, new programs, and new initiatives to highlight. Click here to learn more about our exciting offerings! If you have exciting work at your site you would like to share, click here.


2017-18 Budget Information

Click here to review this fiscal year's budget documents.


New Substitute Management System

Our new substitute management system, SmartFindExpress, debuted on August 1. SmartFindExpress will function very similarly to AESOP; Human Resources will provide planned updates to keep you informed through the implementation process.  Keep an eye out for a future upgrade, called SmartFind Next Generation. This upgrade will provide a mobile app for all users (substitutes, teachers, and administrators), as well as advanced analytics that can be used to further strengthen our overall substitute system.  SmartFind is part of the PeopleAdmin umbrella of products, which includes a new application and onboarding system that are tentatively scheduled to be added in January 2018.  

Please remember that if your teachers and/or staff have any pre-planned absences that already exist in AESOP, those absences will need to be recreated in SmartFindExpress. If you have questions, please contact Tom Topping, Human Capital Partner, at 813-794-2061.

PeopleAdmin Contest

PeopleAdmin, our new substitute and applicant tracking software, is hosting a contest for educators! Educators who submit inspirational stories can win $1,000 of professional development and another $1,000 for the district. Click here for more information or to submit your story.


Retirement Questions?

If you have questions about your retirement, or benefits available to our employees, please contact Melanie Parham, retirement services coordinator, from HREQ.


Pasco County Government

Employee Opportunitites

Employee Assistance, Wellness, and Resources


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2017 FSU College of Nursing Distinguished Graduate Award

Congratulations to Margaret Polk (BSN '76) on her selection as the award recipient for the Practitioner Category. Margaret will be recognized during The Florida State University's Homecoming Alumni and Faculty Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 17, in Tallahassee. Margaret is also the 2017 Florida Association of School Nurses' (FASN) School Nurse of the Year.


2017 Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship

Christine Post, an Anclote High School educator, was awarded the Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship. She was also selected as one of only 53 participants to attend the 2017 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance held in Washington, D.C., in July. The six-day seminar brought together teachers of art, English, history, math, and related subjects from 22 states. The program emphasized the social and cultural context of Renaissance art in Italy and Northern European countries between the 14th and 16th centuries. 


Community Support

Jet Engine Donation

The Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academy at Hudson High School recently benefited from a generous donation of a Rolls Royce tay engine, to be added as a hands-on, engaging resource for students enrolled in the aviation maintenance program. Thanks to Perry Durkiss, BBA Aviation, and Steve Franks, a Hudson High instructor, for planning the donation and the delivery of the jet engine to Hudson High School. Mike Malacos, proprietor of the Inn on the Gulf, spearheaded the fundraising effort to pay for the shipment of the jet engine from Dallas, Texas. He reached out to fellow business owners in the Hudson community and they pooled their resources to transport the jet engine directly to the aviation maintence classroom at Hudson High School.  A special thanks to Ron Ward, proprietor of Ron’s Barbeque, Anthony Spicuso, owner of Mama Mias Pizza, Rick Matthews of Rick Matthews Buick GMC, and Jerimiah Freeburg, owner of Redwood Farms. Mr. Freeburg's company not only handled the transport of the jet engine, he also delivered the jet engine to the school with his forklift.

The BBA Aviation group of companies constitutes one of the world’s leading engine repair and overhaul service networks.  A Rolls Royce tay engine can be found on a variety of aircraft including the Fokker, Gulfstream and even the remaining inventory of Boeing 727 jets, supporting commercial, business, and private aircraft fleets still in service today. 

Student Spotlight

ESPY Award Winners

Teacher Spotlight

Stacie Dunmire


Big Brothers/Big Sisters Orientation Sessions

Make lots of memories that will last forever and sign up to volunteer. Here are the upcoming orientation dates and locations:

  • Monday, August 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • WellCare, 5113 US Highway 19, in New Port Richey
  • Tuesday, August 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., in Wesley Chapel

Click here for more information, or contact Deb Kristol-Irwin, Director of Partnership Development, at 813-997-6881.


Special Olympics Craft Show

Special Olympics Florida - Pasco County is hosting a Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival and is looking for participants. It will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 14744 Nottingham Trail, in Hudson. Click here to learn more.

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Thank you K.C. Napolitano and C.J. Huffman for running our Staff in the Spotlight feature on the district Facebook page and School Matters for several years. Your hard work has allowed our community to meet many of our amazing employees. We cannot thank you enough. -Andy Dunn

Christine Pejot, I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for the great customer service received from Kristen Goodman. I needed to have 2 of my nurses approved and added into the Pasco County Schools database. Kristen quickly sent me the form for completion and upon sending them back, she had given me confirmation within the hour. While it is always easy for people to complain when the service is not to their liking, seldom is there an acknowledgment when someone does the job quickly and efficiently, so let me say how pleased I am with her service. -Errol Dean, Administrator, Advanced Nursing Solutions

Kara Deschenes, I'm writing to compliment Michelle Andrews in assisting me. She went far above expectation and I thought you should be aware of her amazing service. I'm currently deployed and my teacher certification is about to expire and I'm not able to renew because of lack of inservice points. Ms. Andrews researched and guided me with obtaining a solution. You should be proud to have her on your staff. In the Coast Guard, she would be considered a model shipmate. Thank you again to Ms. Andrews. -Theresa Lavo

Darrell Clark, I am truly impressed with this team of amazing go getters! Christine Thompson, Andrea Herrmann, and April Kalloch have really put their best foot forward to assist me each week. With the 2016-2017 school year ending, many requests have arrived in the mail that require immediate attention. Many do not know that I reach out to this team daily to receive imperative information that assists Retirement Services in providing stellar service to each substitute. I would like to say, thank you, because you are always delivering with a smile. -Melanie Parham, Retirement Services Coordinator, Employee Benefits and Risk Management, HREQ

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