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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Blair, Ronnie

Tribune Staff

Computer-based FCAT exams resume at Pasco schools

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— Computer-based FCAT exams appeared to be functioning again in Pasco County this morning, a day after testing had to be suspended in several school districts bec...

Pasco FCAT testing hits snag after computer issues

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The problem became apparent first thing Tuesday morning when freshmen at Land O’ Lakes High tried to log into the computer system to take the FCAT readin...

Firm to help school district plan

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— The Pasco County school district is enlisting the aid of a consulting firm to create a strategic plan that will help the district set and meet goals for the com...

FACE Pasco charter school to close

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— The board of directors for a Zephyrhills charter school that serves autistic students has voted to close the school at the end of this academic year, the board’s ...

Pasco district in need of more bus drivers

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A shortage of school bus drivers in Central Pasco is causing scheduling woes and, on some days, the Pasco C...

Pasco to recruit teachers out of state

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— The Pasco County school district is sending recruiters out of state in search of job candidates to fill shortages in critical-teaching areas, but the teachers&#...

Man who’ll sport school union label of ‘president’ has worn quite a few

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The newly elected president of United School Employees of Pasco has an eclectic résumé that includes, but goe...

Zephyrhills charter school for autistic children may close

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— Chris and Tammy Dester were so pleased with how well their son thrived at a new Zephyrhills charter school for autistic students that in October they moved from Hernando...

Nurses honored for aiding theater victim

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Two registered nurses instinctively sprang to action after Pasco resident Chad Oulson was shot in a movie theater.

Cypress Creek retail developer proposes premium outlet mall

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Developers of Cypress Creek Town Center have submitted a site plan for a premium outlet mall on the 510-acre development.

Theater shooting suspect says facts will clear him of murder charge

- In telephone calls from jail, the man arrested in a fatal Pasco County movie-theater shooting discussed with his family his concerns about money, the loneliness he sometimes experiences behind bars and his hopes of being cl...

Authorities continue search for missing Zephyrhills pilot

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ZEPHYRHILLS — A massive search for a missing Zephyrhills pilot and his single-engine airplane continued today, with the focus turning to a section of the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County.

Schools scrutinize consolidated ICT literacy coach job

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LAND O’ LAKES — The merger of three Pasco County school district jobs into one this school year is still a work in progress, but Superintendent Kurt Browning sticks...

Playing it SMARTstart

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DADE CITY — Teaching English at Pasco High is Stephanie Reed’s primary job, but about 20 years ago she launched into photography on the side.

Dade City, Zephyrhills Sweetbays closing Saturday

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DADE CITY — Time is nearly up for two Sweetbay supermarkets in Dade City and Zephyrhills.

School employees could get $50K in free life insurance

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LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County school employees could soon be eligible for a $50,000 life insurance policy that would cost them nothing and remain in effect even after they leave employment with the district,...

Fivay teacher won’t be suspended after altercation, board says

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LAND O’ LAKES — A Fivay High School teacher accused of shoving a 16-year-old student during a classroom altercation won’t face any discipline in the case.

Building for school in works

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SHADY HILLS — Classical Preparatory Charter School, which is scheduled to open in August, plans to lease a soon-to-be constructed building on Shady Hills Road, not far f...

Pasco teacher shines in role for education ad campaign

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PORT RICHEY — An advertising campaign by Jeb Bush’s education foundation features a third-grade teacher from Pasco County who is unabashed about extolling the...

Law academy taps 2 new leaders

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando State College has hired a new leadership team for its law enforcement academy, which has been embroiled in a dispute with the Pasco County Sheriff&#x...

Union files complaint against Pasco district over teacher planning time

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LAND O’ LAKES — A dispute over the use of teacher planning time has prompted United School Employees of Pasco to file a complaint against the school district with the Florida Public Employees Relations Comm...

Leadership Challenge Academy launches careers

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HOLIDAY — Darian Spell thought he wanted to become an aerospace engineer.

‘Community school’ strategy provides support to families

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DADE CITY — Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper is a believer in one-stop shopping when it comes to family court, so she was intrigued when she learned about a

School district plan aims to avert academic failure

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LAND O’ LAKES — It sounds like something designed to raise the alarm about an approaching tornado or rising floodwaters.

Five hospitalized in Pasco mobile home fire

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Two children and three adults were hospitalized this morning after a fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home in Pasco County, just south of the Hernando County line.

Holiday mom appears on ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’

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HOLIDAY — Monica Miracle’s husband definitely thinks she qualifies as an unstoppable mom.

Center would train workers for manufacturing careers

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DADE CITY — Pasco County is hoping a proposed Innovation Training Center based on a German education and apprenticeship model will help prepare workers for high-demand manufacturing jobs and perhaps attract more m...

Pasco seeks way to keep laser firm

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DADE CITY — Worried that a manufacturing company might move to California, taking 83 jobs with it, the Pasco County Commission is considering offering either a cash incentive or a tax break to try to persuade the ...

High school soccer player case dismissed

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LAND O’ LAKES — The case of a Sunlake High soccer player denied eligibility after he transferred from Pasco High has come to an end after the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland dismissed an appeal fil...

Friends gather to watch Land O’ Lakes woman on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Brook Patterson credits the word-puzzle skills she developed watching the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” with her stirring victor...

Pasco schools to get new leaders

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LAND O’ LAKES — With their current leaders soon to retire, Veterans Elementary in Wesley Chapel and Gulf Middle in New Port Richey are about to get new principals.

High school diploma investigation continues

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ZEPHYRHILLS — An investigation into a questionable high school diploma now may come down to what kind of school Nina Duffield of Zephyrhills was running and what she was authorized to do.

Pasco authorities investigating fake high school diploma

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LAND O’ LAKES — The names are real.

Pasco teacher charged with abuse will still get pay

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LAND O’ LAKES — A music teacher arrested last week on a felony child abuse charge will continue to draw her salary at least until April 1 after her attorney raised questions Tuesday about whether she was gi...

Parents of Pasco social worker killed in 2012 file lawsuit

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DADE CITY — The parents of a social worker who investigators said was stabbed to death by a mental health patient in 2012 have filed a lawsuit against their daughter’s former employer and three other compan...

Pasco elementary teacher accused of dragging student

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NEW PORT RICHEY — A music teacher faces a charge of felony child abuse after she was accused of dragging a 10-year-old Calusa Elementary student across a classroom floor, leaving the boy with a slight laceration o...

Saint Leo launching cybersecurity master’s program

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ST. LEO — It’s an issue that’s befuddling businesses, worrying government agencies and causing headaches for individuals.

Authorities investigating Zephyrhills threats

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Law enforcement officials are investigating threats of possible violence at Zephyrhills High School and are taking steps to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Superintendent Browning says beware of teacher eval data

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LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County school district officials and the teachers union say it’s a move that could sow confusion rather than shed light on how well teachers are doing their jobs.

2 Sweetbay locations on chopping block

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A Sweetbay supermarket in Dade City and another in Zephyrhills are scheduled to close April 5 as part of a planned takeover of the grocery chain by Bi-Lo Holdings, the parent company of competitor Winn-Dixie, a Bi-Lo spo...