October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Back in August, the District provided all employees a summary of negotiations as they stood at that time. Here is a brief summary of what the District has offered to date:

  1. A recommended average salary increase of 2.65% for all employees, totaling over $9,500,000;
  2. an increased Board contribution to health insurance benefits of $2,500,000;
  3. an increased Board contribution to the Florida Retirement System (FRS) of nearly $900.000; and
  4. an estimated Board contribution of $1,500,000 for retirement contributions on the above listed salary increases.

Combined, the District proposals provide over $14.5 million of new funding towards employee salaries and benefits for the 2016/2017 school year. This equates to an average 3.5% increase in total compensation for all employees. Despite making several requests to the United School Employees of Pasco (USEP) to resume negotiations, the union has declined any subsequent invitations to resume negotiations. The District has, and will continue to respond to information requests from USEP, and will continue its efforts to bring the union to the table to conclude negotiations as soon as possible.

I am confident that the package the District is offering benefits the vast majority of our employees and would allow for us to give our hardworking employees a well-deserved and sustainable raise. We look forward to the eventual resolution of this process and hope that USEP is accepting of the District’s offer. Because collective bargaining laws limit the type of communication that I can have with employees regarding matters that are subject to negotiations with the union, my ability to engage individual employees on these topics is somewhat restricted. That being said, questions or concerns about the topics and/or status of the collective bargaining process can be directed to the United School Employees of Pasco, the certified bargaining agent for the teachers and SRP.

I continue to be grateful for your contributions to and support of the District, our community, and our students.

Sincerely,

 

Employee Compensation During Hurricane Matthew

In an effort to address questions that have been posed due to the District’s closure on Friday, October 7, 2016, the following communication is being sent out. All employees will be paid their base salaries for Friday, October 7, 2016. Employees who were scheduled to take leave on either of these days (sick, vacation, etc.) will not be charged leave, and any docked leave for these days will be refunded. We hope this information helps to address questions or concerns that may have arisen to this point. Should you have situation-specific questions, please discuss them with your worksite administrator(s). Please be aware that should any additional student contact time be lost this semester, the District will be forced to explore make-up options that will almost certainly include adding student contact days to the weeks designated for Thanksgiving and/or winter break or adding additional time to existing student contact days. We hope that we do not face that situation, as we know that any such changes would be a disruption for students, staff, and parents.

 

Engaging Our Teachers

We want to celebrate our amazing teachers!  The Communications and Government Relations Department photographers are looking for classroom stories to tell through video.  If you have an exciting or interesting hands-on lesson planned, please call the department at 813-794-2717 or email Andy Dunn at least two days in advance and we will make every effort to come to your school.

 

Employee Engagement Survey - Ends Friday!

On October 10, Gallup sent you an email invitation to participate in the Pasco County Schools Q12 Employee Engagement Survey, which will provide feedback on various aspects of employee engagement. The invitation will include your Access Code and a link to Gallup’s website, where you can complete the online survey. Gallup will keep your individual responses to the survey completely confidential. We are looking for 100 percent participation. Check your Clutter folder if you do not receive the survey in your inbox on Monday. If you do not have the link in your inbox, clutter or junk folders, contact Gallup Client Support by sending an email to q12help@gallupmail.com or by calling 1-800-788-9987. Support is available 24 hours a day from 7:00 p.m. Sunday through 6:00 p.m. Friday, U.S. Eastern Time. Please take five minutes to complete the survey and ensure your opinion is heard.

 

myPascoConnect

 

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment began October 1st and ends October 31st. Click here to schedule your appointment with an enroller.

 

Feeding Pasco's Kids Food Drive

The Pasco Sheriff's Office annual Feeding Pasco's Kids food drive is now accepting both monetary and food donations.  Like last year's event, the proceeds from the Feeding Pasco's Kids food drive will homeless children and students in Pasco County Schools.  Other recipients include the Salvation Army, Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter in Dade City, God's Food 4 Life in Lacoochee and The Thomas Promise Foundation in Zephyrhills.

Donation boxes have been placed in the lobbies of Pasco Sheriff's Office buildings and a number of area churches.  Monetary donations can be made by check or money order to Pasco Sheriff's Charities, with Food Drive in the "For" line. They can be mailed to Food Drive Donations, Pasco Sheriff's Charities, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654. All donations must be received by Friday, December 9.

If you would like to donate or have any questions about Feeding Pasco's Kids, please contact the Sheriff's Community Relations Office at 1-727-844-7759, Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Community Program Online Application

Pasco County Schools has developed a community partnership review process to help align community resources with our Success Plan, two pillars of which are excellence in student achievement and connecting to the community. The following process is for any agency, group or individual that has a program/presentation which they want to provide to the students of Pasco County.  A committee that meets regularly will review all proposals to assess if the program supports the mission and goals of the District. If you are part of an agency or individual that would like to partner with the District School Board of Pasco County please complete this online application. 

Please complete all portions of the application and upload any supporting documentation that will help the committee determine if the program/presentation supports the mission and goals of the District.  The committee meets on a monthly basis.  Once all needed information is received, feedback will be provided within a week of the completion of the proposal review.  If you have any questions please contact Molly Blair, Office of Student Support Programs and Services at 813 794-2600. Click here for the Community Partnership Application.

Special Instructions for Proposed Research
Please note that if your project proposal involves research, such as the collection of data, evaluation of programs, or surveys, you will need to complete the application to conduct research located on the Accountability, Research and Measurement Department on the District website.

 

Enter to win FREE college with the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program

Ten Florida families will win two free years of college from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, which has launched its Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program. The annual scholarship program runs through October 23, 2016.

We encourage families to use this time to enter the scholarship contest, and to learn about the benefits of saving early for college – from getting more motivated to prepare academically for college, to avoiding the burden of student loan debt.

Parents and grandparents of children ages newborn to 8th grade can register to win one of 10 two-year Florida College Plans here.

Don’t miss your opportunity to win two years of free college today! Click here to learn more.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay Informational Sessions

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is hoping that this holiday season people will give of their most precious commodity -- their time.
With more than 50 children in Pasco County on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister, the nation’s largest youth mentoring organization has streamlined its enrollment process to make becoming a volunteer mentor quicker and easier than ever. Throughout the month and at three locations in the county (New Port Richey, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel), Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts orientation and training sessions that, when completed, leaves the potential volunteer 90 percent through the enrollment process.

Adult mentors, called “Bigs,” can choose between several programs. There is a school-based program, where the Big visits his or her “Little” one hour a week at their school or afterschool program. Or they can choose the community-based program, sharing a minimum of 8 hours per month with their Little doing fun things like going to the movies, shopping, playing mini-golf or enjoying the many donated sports and theater tickets that BBBS provides for the matches.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay serves children in seven counties and had nearly 3,000 matches in 2015. The success of the program is impressive, with 99 percent of the children in the program last year staying out of the juvenile justice system, and 97 percent being promoted to the next grade level. To learn more about becoming a mentor, please plan to attend one of the following orientation and training events:

  • Saturday, November 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center - 6630 Van Buren, in New Port Richey
  • Monday, November 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Rasmussen College - 18600 Fernview Street, in Land O’ Lakes
  • Tuesday, November 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wesley Chapel Honda - 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., in Wesley Chapel
  • Saturday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center - 6630 Van Buren, in New Port Richey
  • Monday, December 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Rasmussen College - 18600 Fernview Street, in Land O’ Lakes
  • Tuesday, December 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wesley Chapel Honda -27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., in Wesley Chapel

For a complete list of orientation dates and locations, click here and follow the “volunteer” links. For more information please contact Deb Kristol-Irwin, Director of Partnership Development for Pasco County at 813-997-6881.

 

Community Information

Pasco County Government

 

Pasco Voter Drive

As we approach the 2016 General Elections, Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has prepared a voter guide so you can #BeElectionReady. This guide contains information regarding:

  • Bookclosing Dates
  • Election Dates
  • Elections Terminology Definitions

The Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office can be reached at 1-800-851-8754.

 

Zika Virus

Click here for information about protecting yourself and your family from the Zika virus.  The district is adding links and information to the Health Information page on the Parents portal.

 

Kudos

Superintendent Browning, I have been working in the district my 4th year now.  I am a Civics teacher.  I came from California where we did not teach Civics in the middle school as a separate curriculum, so when I took the job I reached out to the district social studies person and asked for help. Tina Stavrou-Klem was great!  She offered me resources that I could use in my classroom and training to help me get started.  Since that time, she has been a powerful resource and mentor for me.  Her guidance has helped me to bring my students to new levels of achievement for a Title 1 school.  She has continued to be my mentor and I have had the opportunity to return some of that by being able to be there when she needs help with things in the district.  She does a remarkable job, even in the face of adversity; social studies teachers are a hard bunch to bring about change.  I have personally seen the direction she is trying to go with the Social Studies Department to stay in line with the focus of the school district. She is a dedicated professional and, in my opinion, a great asset to the school district.  I have worked as a teacher for almost 34 years and have never had the level of cooperation that Tina exhibits from a district coordinator.  I hope that you are able to see the same things that I see in her. -Charles Kohl, Civics Teacher, Bayonet Point Middle School


Superintendent Browning, we want to sincerely thank you and your staff, especially Rayann Mitchell, Adam Kennedy and Tim Ellerman for all the help and support they have given us this year.  Rayann assisted with the coordination of the program and was always available to us.  Crews Middle School was indeed a perfect location.  Adam Kennedy and his staff went above and beyond to support our program all year.  Chef Tim Ellerman and staff provided absolutely outstanding food and we were thrilled to be able to give your food services department the contract for breakfast and lunch each time.  The food was always delicious and beautifully prepared. Also, a very special thanks you to Terry Aunchman, NISL participant and Director of Career and Technical Education who arranged a special luncheon on our final training day at your amazing Culinary Arts Center.  It was such a tribute to the program to meet your students and partake in a delectable luncheon prepared by them. -Bobbie D'Alessandro


Kellie Petry, thank you for your help. We cannot give you enough accolades on how wonderful Rob Aguis was to work with, the excellent facilities at the school and the great job the kids did in the culinary area. Congratulations on a very well run school! -Brenda Wendt, Rotary Leadership Institute


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



Construction continues inside the main classroom building at Elementary B in the Bexley Ranch development.

Lacoochee Elementary School

Department Spotlight

Early Childhood Programs


Staff Spotlight


Rebecca Edringer
Access Intensive Behavior Communication Program - Independent Level Teacher
Hudson High School

Click here to read her interview.


Lauren Soash
River Ridge High School

Click here to read her interview.


Events

Red Ribbon Week

This year's Red Ribbon Week theme is Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once): Be Drug Free™.

 

Encore Performance: I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Thanks to a community-requested encore performance, Gulf High School's theatre production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, will have a one night only performance at Temple Ahavat Shalom on Monday, October 24, at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, and free to students. Adult tickets are a minimum of a $5 donation per ticket. Temple Ahavat Shalom is located at 1575 Curlew Road, in Palm Harbor. For more information please contact Mr. Washington at (727) 774-3300.

 

RESORCE Recycling Club

The RESORCE Recycling Club is hosting an event at North Trinity Self Storage, 4234 Little Road, in New Port Richey, on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Teachers can pick up free craft supplies to be "Re-Used" in their classrooms such as binders, file folders, old greeting cards and magazines, egg cartons, coffee containers, clean and dry yogurt cups, paper towel rolls, etc.

 

2nd Annual Pasco County Out of the Darkness Walk

Please join us on Saturday, November 5, for Pasco County's 2nd Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk! Registration for this event is free. Below is the schedule:

  • Registration: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Opening Ceremony: 11 a.m.
  • Walk begins: 11:30 a.m.
  • Closing ceremony: 1 p.m.

Click here to create your own team/join a team for the Pasco County Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

 

Veterans Day Program

We are creating a tribute again this year to all of our employees who are veterans to show at the district Veterans Day presentation, which is scheduled for Friday, November 11, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.  Andy Dunn will be creating a video to honor their service. If you are a veteran, please submit a photo to Andy Dunn by October 21.  If you sent a photo last year, you do not have to resubmit one this year.   You will receive more details about the Veterans Day celebration as the date approaches.

 

Fred K. Marchman Technical College Rededication Ceremony

The Fred K. Marchman Technical College Rededication Ceremony will take place on November 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fred K. Marchman Technical College. Click here for a copy of the Save the Date card.

 

Flapjack 5K

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 23rd Annual Flapjack 5K and 1-mile Run on Sunday, December 11, at 8 a.m. at the Land O' Lakes Recreational Complex. It is being held in memory of former Land O' Lakes High School track and field coach, Kris Keppel. Register today by clicking here. If you would like more information, please click here to view the event flier.


Important Dates

October

  • 1-31: Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month
  • 1-31: National Bullying Prevention Month
  • 1-31: National Principals Month
  • 1-31: Polish-American Heritage Month
  • 14: End of First Quarter
  • 17: Teacher Planning Day (no school for students)
  • 17-21: National School Bus Safety Week
  • 23-31: Red Ribbon Week
  • 24: Report Cards