Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
August 17, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 17, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 17, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 17, 2017

Superintendent's Message

Back to School!

The 2017-18 school year is off to a fantastic start! Our district was fortunate to open Bexley Elementary and Cypress Creek Middle/High schools on Monday, and I enjoyed visiting the students and employees on campus. It was exciting to see these projects finally come to life and be filled with students. Each of you contributes to a successful school year. Thanks for what you're doing to make this year the best one yet!
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Solar Eclipse - Attention Required

Please read this document for guidelines, guidance, and cautions related to the solar eclipse we will be privileged to experience next Monday.  This information also has been shared with parents and posted on social media.


What’s New in Pasco County?

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.


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.


Professional Development Moving

The Office for Professional Development will be moving to the new Professional Learning Center (Building 2) on September 5.  Once OPDSS relocates to Building 2, the Office for Teaching and Learning will move to Building 3, and there will be some internal department moves within Building 8. More information will follow as we get closer to the moving dates. You may have also noticed that construction is underway at Land O’ Lakes High School. Our goal is to minimize any disruption at LOLHS and also at the district office, and we will continue to monitor as the construction progresses.

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

Classroom Opportunities

Hispanic Heritage Month Contests

Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott have invited all Florida students to participate in the annual Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests, which are centered around the theme, "A Recognition of the Role of Hispanic-Americans in Shaping Florida Today." These contests will award three students in grades 4-12 with a 4-Year Florida Prepaid College Scholarship and two K-3 students will earn cash prizes. Additionally, three educators will be honored with the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Click the following links for more information on the contests in English and Spanish:

More information about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests is available online.

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Take Stock in Children Mentor of the Year

Take Stock in Children, a program with the Pasco Education Foundation that provides scholarships, mentors and hope to at-risk Pasco County Schools’ high-schoolers, has named Mark Wickham as its 2017 Mentor of the Year. We encourage more people to contact the Foundation to learn about becoming a Take Stock in Children mentor. Click here to learn more about Take Stock in Children.

Student Spotlight

Stories Needed

Every week, School Matters posts impactful student stories or interviews. If you have a student you would like us to feature, please contact Andy Dunn.


Professional Learning Center (Building 2) Open House

On behalf of the Offices for Professional Development and School Supports and Maintenance Services, click here for an invitation to the new Professional Learning Center (Building 2) before the building officially opens on September 5. 


Retirement Celebrations

Lori Karpinski

Lori Karpinski, PLACE specialist will be retiring from the district on Friday, August 18, after 25 years of service. PLACE is hosting a retirement celebration for her on Friday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in PLACE Portable 8A. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Josh Zappe, Land O' Lakes High School FNS manager. Click here to learn more.


Joan Incaudo

Joan Incaudo is having a retirement party on Friday, September 8, at 5 p.m. at The Loop, located at 3338 Land O' Lakes Blvd., in Land O' Lakes. Click here to learn more. If you would like additional information, please contact Tina Sammartino at 813-794-2594.


Center for the Arts at River Ridge

Click here to view the 2017-2018 flyers for upcoming shows for Pre-K – 12 students and the public.


Clear the Shelters

Pasco Animal Services is waiving all adoption fees on August 19, from noon to 6:30 p.m., at 19640 Dogpatch Lane, in Land O' Lakes. Click here for more information.




Linda Cobbe, I want to extend our thanks to you and Libby Rossman for service above and beyond.  She has helped our family on several occasions over the past year and we appreciate her dedication and commitment to her job and to the volunteers.  When I first reached out to her last year and asked a question about the processing time for our son's application, I had expected an answer that would be the standard timeframe response...To handle our request with utmost professionalism, consideration, empathy and kindness is above and beyond and appreciated...As an educator and nurse, I want to commend all of you. We are quite pleased with the school system in many ways. The grandchildren have been accepted, loved, challenged and supported throughout the year. They all love to read and learn thanks to the dedication of the teachers and staff. -Patti Booth

Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, I would like to tell you how wonderful the administration staff is at River Ridge Middle School.  My step-son had an amazing first day of middle school.  This happen because of Mrs. Murphy and her administration team who went above and beyond yesterday to ensure that all students had a great first day.  For instance, Mrs. Riddle made sure that he arrived at his first period and had a buddy to sit with at lunch.  Mr. Henry (band teacher) made sure my step-son found his bus.  He also said “how visible the administrators were on campus and how nice they were”.  That’s what successful schools look like! -Maureen Leach-Jett, Fox Hollow Elementary

Jessica Rusha, I just wanted to say that I am so happy that Kim Glogowski is in the leaves department.  What a difference it has made!  She is accurate, knowledgeable and friendly.  It’s making my life easier, and lord knows that we need that out here in the trenches! -Martha Cajigas, Bookkeeper, Double Branch Elementary

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