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Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Ronnie Blair

Tribune Staff

Nearly 400 students earn degrees at Pasco-Hernando State College


— Rachel Alexander decided on a career in nursing when she was serving as a medic in the U.S. Army.

District tweaks Bayonet Point Middle plan


— Students at Bayonet Point Middle School, who were scheduled to move into 35 portable classrooms during the 2015-16 academic year while their school is renovated...

Most Pasco high schools earn top grades


— Most high schools in Pasco County earned an A or a B for the 2013-14 academic year and none earned a D or F, according to data released Thursday morning by the ...

Pasco school board asks state to put new student assessment on hold


Frustrated by how Florida uses high-stakes testing, the Pasco County School Board approved a letter Tuesday evening calling on Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmake...

Pasco teachers get 3 percent raise under new contract


After months of negotiations, the Pasco County School District and the school employees’ union have reached a tentative contract agreement that includes ...

Trial date for Hudson quadruple murder suspect Matos delayed

- Setting a trial date for Adam Matos, charged with four first-degree murders in Hudson, has been postponed.

Pasco sees big swing in teacher scores


— The odds of a Pasco County student having a highly effective teacher have increased dramatically...

Construction well underway on Pasco’s first magnet school


— Lindsey Davis, awake watching television at midnight anyway, decided to get a head start on the applicatio...

Pasco School Board approves 10-period day for Wiregrass Ranch High


— The Pasco County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a 10-period day for Wiregrass Ranch High, a plan that proved controversial when parents and studen...

Pasco sheriff: Landlords held accountable for crimes at rental homes


— Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco vowed Wednesday to crack down on landlords who are renting out houses where criminal activity is happening, possibly even seizing th...

Pasco County delays work in area of holes at Holiday


— Pasco County Utilities delivered letters Monday to residents on Torch Street where two holes recently opened, assuring them that nearby work on a sewage pump station won...

Principals shifting as schools prepare to reopen


— Mid-year principal changes are being planned as the Pasco County School District prepares for the August reopening of schools that had been closed temporarily f...

Sheriff, schools to share health clinic services


— Employees of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are about to get access to the school district’s health and wellness centers.

Pasco detectives arrest serial rape suspect

- A Holiday man faces sexual battery and other charges after he invited prostitutes into his vehicle, claimed he was a law enforcement officer, then raped them, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Trial date for theater shooting suspect delayed again

- Setting a trial date for accused movie-theater shooter Curtis Reeves Jr. is being put off once again.

Pasco school board wants state to delay new student testing


— The Pasco County School Board plans to lend its voice to those calling on the state to delay for three years the ramifications of new high-stakes assessments be...

Former Pasco assistant principal files discrimination lawsuit


A former assistant principal at Sunlake High School who claims she faced discrimination at work because she is a lesbian has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Pasco County School Board.

Officials await test results on holes in Holiday neighborhoods


— Pasco County officials are still awaiting results of a geotechnical study to determine whether holes that opened up last week in two neighborhoods were caused by sewer const...

Crane pulls car from large hole in Holiday

- With a crowd looking on and applauding, a crane lifted a car from the hole that swallowed it four days earlier when it was parked in a driveway in the Holiday Travel Park.

Pasco deputy charged with evidence tampering

- A Pasco sheriff’s deputy has been fired and faces a tampering with evidence charge after he didn’t follow through on a shoplifting investigation when he realized he knew a man and woman caught stealing on stor...

School flu vaccinations keep kids in classrooms


Pasco County schools are taking on the flu in an effort to reduce student absenteeism related to the illness.

Residents await test results on holes in Holiday neighborhood


Every few hours, 80-year-old Cliff Denver ambles up to the yellow emergency tape to monitor what’s happening with two holes that opened up this week in the Holiday Tr...

Utility work halted near Pasco ground holes

- Some residents have blamed the county sewer department’s work on a sewer lift station just north of the Holiday neighborhood for causing the two holes to form.

Public defender to represent Matos in Hudson quadruple murder trial


— Adam Matos, the man accused in a quadruple homicide in Hudson, said in court Wednesday he wants to continue to be represented by the public defender’s office,...

Geologist: Third hole could form at Holiday mobile home park

- A second hole opened up Tuesday in the Holiday Travel Park community where a car was swallowed a day earlier by a hole in a driveway, and tests by a geologist indicate a third hole is possible.

Boy seen in photo deemed no threat to Pasco school


— Additional sheriff’s deputies were assigned to Land O’ Lakes High School today as precaution, although officials said there was likely no danger f...

Murphy, Burgess win state House races in Pasco


An incumbent held onto one state House of Representatives seat in Pasco County on Tuesday while term limits guaranteed someone new took the other.

Pasco may join other school boards opposing new student tests


— The Pasco County School Board could be joining a growing list of boards in Florida calling on the governor, the Florida Department of Education and the state Le...

Pasco elementary students learn they must repeat grade


— About 3 percent of Pasco County elementary school students learned they would have to repeat the grade at the end of t...

Union likens Pasco superintendent’s proposal to Halloween ‘trick’


— Contract negotiations between the Pasco County School District and the union that represents school employees became an exercise in dueling emails after the dis...

Failed charter a drag on Pasco County School District


— The Pasco County School District is running into problems closing out the books on a Zephyrhills charter school for autistic students that shut down at the end of the 20...

Richey Elementary students get lessons in nurtrition, origins of eggs from local farmer


— When state Sen. Wilton Simpson gives a lesson on eggs, those props he’s using are the real thing.

Pasco teacher will undergo gender change


A social studies teacher at Mitchell High School has begun the process of gender transition and plans to present himself as a woman no later than the beginning of next scho...

New nutrition rules eat into school fundraisers


— Pasco County School Board members expressed frustration this week about new federal standards that forced schools to change their a la carte offerings in cafete...