Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
August 24, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 24, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 24, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 24, 2017

Superintendent's Message

Impact Fee Update

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Extended Hours During Week of Labor Day - 245 Employees Only

This year’s calendar requires that all year-round employees (245 day) are scheduled to work extended hours during the week of September 4. Labor Day, Monday, September 4, is a non-work day, and no employees are scheduled for work. Tuesday, September 5, through Friday, September 8, will be extended work days, and employees must satisfy their required weekly hours over the four day period. In lieu of working extended hours, employees may request to use a vacation day, subject to supervisor approval. In that case, employees will work their regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday through Friday, while using one vacation day to satisfy the weekly hours requirement. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor.


New Substitute Management System

Our new substitute management system, SmartFindExpress, debuted on August 1. SmartFindExpress functions very similarly to AESOP; Human Resources is providing updates to keep you informed through the implementation process.  Keep an eye out for a future upgrade, called SmartFind Next Generation. This upgrade provides a mobile app for all users (substitutes, teachers, and administrators), as well as advanced analytics that can 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.

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

Grant Funding: Protecting Drinking Water Sources in the Tampa Bay Area

Tampa Bay Water is looking for groups who share the goal of protecting the waters of our region. Tampa Bay Water is seeking partnerships to prevent pollution, clean local waterways and protect our drinking water sources. They are offering mini-grants between $2,000 and $10,000 available to community groups, non-profits, schools and universities. The Tampa Bay region depends on groundwater, rivers and desalinated seawater for its drinking water. Tampa Bay Water, the regional water utility, works with the community to protect those sources. Mini-grant projects are ideal opportunities for scouts to earn merit badges, students to fulfill volunteer hour requirements, and service clubs and organizations to get involved in supporting public health and safety. The projects are also great for educators looking to combine STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts and lessons with hands-on experience to supplement classroom learning. To qualify for a grant, applicants should submit an event or project plan related to source water protection in Tampa Bay Water’s service area that includes Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Here's how to apply:

  • Download an application
  • Provide a plan for events or projects such as river cleanups, litter prevention projects, public education campaigns and conservation outreach events in Tampa Bay Water’s service area.
  • Submit applications by Nov. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. to Marq Caughell

All mini-grant applications will be reviewed and screened against the program’s selection criteria. Organizations receiving a mini-grant will be notified in December and funds will be granted in 2018. Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn, supply water to more than 2.4 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water member governments include the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa, and the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. Click here for more information.


McDonald's Classroom FUNds Contest

McDonald's is celebrating the back-to-school season by showing their appreciation for teachers and what they do for our students. McDonald's of Tampa Bay will host their fourth annual Classroom FUNds Contest for teachers, with a chance to win $1,000 for their classrooms. Now through September 22, classroom teachers can enter by submitting a video, letter, or student artwork to highlight how they are making an educational impact and how they would apply the prize money toward their classroom. McDonald's judges panel will select four teachers based on their creativity and how they are furthering their students’ education. The links below provide helpful information for teachers:

If you have questions, please email McDContest@FKQ.com. Click here for more information.

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.


SkillsUSA Gold Medalist

Brandon Saxon, a Fred K. Marchman Technical College student, earned a national gold medal in the electrical construction wiring category at this summer's 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. The conference is a career and technical student showcase. The wiring competition lasted three days and included a written test on electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, deciphering a blueprint, bending a conduit, and completing a complex life-sized wiring project.

Prior to this national competition, Brandon placed first in both the regional and state competitions. Donald Blake, his electricity instructor, explained that Brandon's victory is also a win for his classmates. The program encourages teamwork and emulates a real job site. Electricity students teach each other and challenge each other to be the best they can be. 

Congratulations to Brandon, his family, his classmates, Mr. Blake, and Fred K. Marchman Technical College!

Student Spotlight

Educating Students about Tourette Syndrome


Teacher Spotlight

Mickey Johnson


"Build It Back" Benefit

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa for a fundraising benefit for the Land O’ Lakes sinkhole victims. The event is Sunday, August 27, at Skipper’s Smokehouse, located at 910 Skipper Road, in Tampa. The doors open at 4 p.m., and the show begins at 5 p.m. Local musicians are donating their time and talent for the success of the event. The music line up includes:

  • Stonegrey
  • Peace of Woodstock
  • Solar Exposure
  • 4X

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is collecting gifts and prizes from local businesses and individuals for a fundraising raffle. Proceeds from both the ticket sales and the raffle are going to help our neighbors in need. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.skipperssmokehouse.com Click. here for more information. If you have questions, or would like to donate to the benefit, contact Suzanne Beauchaine at 813-909-2722.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Next month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Click here for information about childhood cancer. If you are interested, click here to learn more about what you can do to help.


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.

The 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.


The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel

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


Retirement Celebration

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.


Superintendent Browning, Kudos to K.C. Napolitano and C.J. Huffman for consistently providing great Staff in the Spotlight content for School Matters, and highlighting our outstanding staff! -Andy Dunn, Communications and Government Relations

River Ridge Middle School Principal Angie Murphy, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how impressed I was with two of your staff members.  Mrs. Riddle and Mr. Henry went out of their way to make sure my step-son felt welcomed at your school. He is an incoming 6th grader and he attended band camp last week with Mr. Henry and he absolutely loved it! Mrs. Riddle was kind enough to personally meet him and assisted me in making sure he will be successful day one of middle school. Thank you for setting up a positive and welcoming culture at your school. Truly, this is the heart of an outstanding learning community. -Maureen Leach-Jett, Fox Hollow Elementary

Linda Cobbe, Just a “Shout Out" for Susan Thomas! She met with me yesterday to help with our school’s website – shared lots of tips on how to improve our social media presence. She was very eager to help and I think a real asset to your department. -Principal Chris Clayton, Achieve Center at Richey

Events and Kudos sections are copied verbatim from their submission, with minimal, if any, alteration.

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