Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
October 5, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

October 5, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

October 5, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

October 5, 2017

Superintendent's Message

World Teachers’ Day

Today is World Teachers’ Day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the incredible teachers we have in Pasco County Schools.  We prioritize recruitment and retention of teachers, and we are building our capacity to provide you the professional development and supports you need to provide students with a world-class education.  In addition to professional learning opportunities, the District School Board has included teacher salaries on our legislative platform for the 2018 legislative session.  Other statewide education associations also will be advocating for the legislature to dedicate recurring funding to increase teacher salaries.  We know how hard you work and how much you care about the success of your students, and it pains us every year when we can’t fund the salary levels you, and all of our employees, deserve.  On behalf of the School Board and the district, I want to thank each and every teacher on World Teachers’ Day.



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SMS Alerts

The district's automated dialing system offers a text notification feature for employees. If you would like to receive Pasco Schools announcements via SMS text messaging to your mobile phone, text Y to 67587. Additionally, make sure that the number we have in Employee Self Service is your cell phone number. At any time, you may unsubscribe by texting the word STOP to 67587. Message and data rates may apply. 

Individual and Household Assistance Available

After working closely with FEMA, Rep. Gus Bilirakis announced that Pasco County has been added to the list of counties that will receive Individual Assistance (IA) from FEMA. Residents can now make claims for individual assistance through FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.




Open Enrollment


Flu Shot Schedule

Click here to view the schedule for flu shots throughout our district.


Quarterly Surplus Store Opening

This quarter's surplus store opening will take place at Building 1, located at 7301 Land O' Lakes Blvd., in Land O' Lakes on Wednesday, October 25, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more information. 


Help the FASA Foundation Provide Hurricane Relief

During Hurricane Irma, school principals, district administrators, support staff, and teachers not only took care of their own families, but cared for thousands of others. Staff had to deal and they did so with humility and kindness. The Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) asks every educator to consider helping raise funds for "back to school" supplies for kids and teaching materials that will not be reimbursed by insurance.

How to Help:

  • Donate Online Today through GoFundMe.
  • Raise $10 or more per person at your school. FASA will recognize contributions in the FASA Friday Facts and school locations with $1,000 or more will get a beautiful certificate for framing.

Please send checks to: 206B S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

The FASA Foundation will distribute 100 percent of the contributions to the four schools based upon need and student enrollment . Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt from the Foundation.


Pasco County Government


Donations Needed for Disaster Relief

Metropolitan Ministries is accepting donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma.  Tens of thousands of our neighbors have been affected by the storm resulting in families being temporarily homeless or in need of the basic necessities.  Countless others have decided to stay in their homes despite the damage, but are still in need.


Debris Pickup

Get rid of Irma debris, and register using MyPasco App. Pasco County began picking up debris September 18. Click here to learn more, and here for the county's flyer.


Your Vote Is Your Voice Contest

Pasco Seventh Grade Students can enter the Pasco Supervisor of Elections video contest. The contest deadline is November 3, and students must create a video showing:

  • How your vote is your voice
  • How we affect change and make a difference together
  • Importance of participating in the democratic process

Click here to access more information on the contest flyer.


Innovative Classroom Project Applications

Every teacher has creative and innovative ideas to help their students engage in learning.  The Pasco Education Foundation classroom grant program provides teachers across Pasco County the financial resources they need to inspire learning among their students.  The deadline to submit your project idea is Sunday, October 8.  Click here for more information.


Financial Fitness Group

Pasco County Schools has partnered with Financial Fitness group to offer all employees the Financial Fitness program! The Financial Fitness Program is an educational program that includes a financial fitness checkup, financial fitness academy, and financial fitness coach.

All employees are eligible to participate and will have access to a financial fitness coach for 30 days at no cost between September 1, and December 31. Participating employees may:

  • Complete an initial check-up through the financial fitness checkup
  • Access over 80 tutorials through the financial fitness academy
  • Access a personal coach free for 30 days through the financial fitness coach

Tutorials cover information from various topics, including:

  • Personal finance
  • Saving and investing
  • Basics

Covered employees who participate in the financial fitness academy may also earn rewards through the district’s Health and Wellness Incentive (HWI) Program! Click here or visit www.PascoGoHealthy.net to learn more.


Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes is an organization designed to give back to those who help make our communities a better place to live by offering real savings from local and national business partners, and real estate professionals. Heroes can find savings for the things they do and use every day. Qualifying heroes are military service members, medical personnel, first responders, non-profits, and educators. Click here to learn more.


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

This year, the 23rd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are searching for Florida's top youth volunteers. Prudential will be soliciting applications from 5th-12th grade students, and will announce the winners on February 6. Winning students will be brought to Washington April 28, through May 1, for four days of special recognition events, along with the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia. Here is more information:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the nation's largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service, has honored more than 120,000 youth volunteers over the past 22 years at the local, state and national level.


Teacher Spotlight

Adam Hollenbeck

Band Director, Dr. John Long Middle School

Staff Spotlight

Dennis Rowan

Band Director, Crews Lake Middle School

Click here to learn more.

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Jan Schmitz's Retirement Party

Jan Schmitz is retiring after 31 years of service to Pasco County Schools. She will be celebrating her retirement on Thursday, October 19, at 1:30 p.m., at the District Office Complex. Click here for more information.


Trick or Treat Around the Track

River Ridge High School is hosting this year's Trick or Treat Around the Track on October 24, from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Jim Valentine Stadium. The stadium is located at 11646 Town Center Road, in New Port Richey. Dress up in your school-appropriate costume and visit booths for tasty treats! Don't forget to bring canned goods for those in need. For more information, click here, email sgrim@pasco.k12.fl.us, or call 727-774-7200.


Out of the Darkness Community Walk

This year's Walk to Fight Suicide will take place on Saturday October 28, at Sims Park, on Grand Boulevard and Bank Street, in New Port Richey. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the walk is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Marie Kelley at 205-370-3908, or view their flyer. Click here to register.


Veterans Elementary Veterans Day BBQ

Veterans Elementary School is hosting a barbeque, in honor of veterans, on Friday November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are a veteran or know a neighbor, community member, or family member who is, please call 813-346-1400 to RSVP or email Sharon Zurita by November 3. Click here for more information.


3rd Annual Pasco County All-Star Football Game

The 2017 Pasco County All-Star Game is Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O' Lakes. Tickets are $10, and are available here, at all high school front offices, or at the ticket booth the day of the game. Click here to view the event flyer.



  • 1-31: Crime Prevention Month
  • 2-13: ESE Disability History and Awareness Weeks 
  • 1-31: National Bullying Prevention Month
  • 1-31: National Principals Month
  • 5: World Teachers Day
  • 8-14: Fire Prevention Week
  • 9-13: National School Lunch Week
  • 9: Columbus Day
  • 15-21: National Character Counts Week
  • 16-20: National School Bus Safety Week
  • 16: Boss's Day
  • 23-31: Red Ribbon Week


Superintendent Browning,...I would like to take this time to express my ultimate appreciation for the staff at Centennial Elementary. My family and I never knew that a public school could be comprised of so many loving and professional teachers / staff that truly have each child's best interest at heart. This past year has been an incredibly turbulent and trying year for my family and I...When meeting his teachers, Ms. Melanie Bryan and Ms. Marlene, my husband and I were immediately reassured that we made the right decision. These teachers love their students and always make sure they are safe. They have such creative ways when educating each child in their class, whom all have an array of different learning styles. My child has shown tremendous growth in such a short amount of time.The administration makes it a point to know every child at that school and greets them so that each child feels like they have a special bond with them. Mrs. Rudolph-Fladd and Mrs. Hammen have created a haven where every child can come to school and feel safe and loved, all while receiving an exceptional education. My child comes home every day with a new story about the friends he has made (teachers /staff he has met)...Thank you for making such a phenomenal school exist in the public entity. -Maryanne, parent

Superintendent Browning, I would very much like to recognize the professionalism, caring and compassion of our speech pathologist, Ms. Heather Story.  Her work with our students is wonderful, and I appreciate all that she does! -Mrs. Lisa Sakser-Fiske, BS, RN, Health Occupations Educator, Ridgewood High School

Superintendent Browning, Deer Park Elementary staff and administration deserve kudos! Through [my] trying time, Margie Polen and Billie Sass, were very transparent, true to their word and took the time to inform everyone as to the intent of the plan. They were flexible and addressed concerns as they arose in a professional, understanding manner. My family is going through a rough time and their understanding and leadership have been outstanding. Joanne Krepela, Teri Minichino and other members of the office staff took the time to streamline everything for me. My teammates, Angie Daughtery, Jeri Kulyk and Kathy Blersch have gone above and beyond to help with anything I've asked for. It is the little things that really count in a crisis like Kathy Caraynoff taking my son home, Kelly Malave working on my students' reading goals and Susan Foster watching my son in the mornings. Deer Park has been working on creating a strong staff community. I feel blessed to have that amazing community helping me. -Natalie Neff, Deer Park Elementary

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