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Land O' Lakes student athletes land scholarships

Land O' Lakes student athletes land scholarships

Land O' Lakes, FL - More than a half dozen Land O' Lakes High School athletes are college bound this fall, getting a free ride for their exceptional talents as student athletes. 

Soccer goalkeeper Kody Parker signed with the University of Tampa.

Morgan Crescent has accepted a soccer scholarship to play at Eckerd College, while Tera Marshall and midfielder Justing Lyles will head north to Thomas University in Georgia, both on soccer scholarships.

Pasco announces high school graduation schedule

Pasco announces high school graduation schedule

Pasco County, Florida -- Mark your calendars, because 2010-2011 high school graduations will be here before you know it!

Below you will find the date, time, and location of the various graduation ceremonies, listed individually by each Pasco county high school.

Please contact the schools listed below for directions or additional information regarding each graduation event.

Congratulations to all graduating seniors!

Rasmussen College opens near Land O' Lakes

Rasmussen College opens near Land O' Lakes

Land O' Lakes, FL - Rasmussen College will open next week, May 1, in Central Pasco County, a new location nearby the existing Rasmussen New Port Richey campus.  The New 25,00-square-foot building is located at Sunlake Boulevard and SR 54 near Land O' Lakes.  Rasmussen has schools of nursing, health science, tech and design, business education and justice studies on campus.  Beginning in August, Rasmussen will offer online and traditional courses.

The campus is also located across the road from a 72-acre site where T. Rowe Price plans to build office complex that may one day employ up to 1,600 workers.

College administrators say they are paying close attention to employers in the communities it serves and will offer programs and courses that feed into the needs of those employers. 

Pasco set to host Middle School Tech Olympics

Pasco set to host Middle School Tech Olympics

Second Annual Pasco County Middle School Tech Olympics is being held at Crews Lake Middle, in Shady Hills, on Thursday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pasco County Schools will be featuring student work from several local middle schools. 

Guests can observe CO2 car races, rocket launches, catapults, free flying planes, house designs, and more creations by middle school students.

More protests against budget cuts at Pasco schools

More protests against budget cuts at Pasco schools

According to the Pasco County School Board, the County Commission has gone too far with budget cuts. United School Employees of Pasco (USEP) released the following statement: "As if a $60 million projected shortfall isn't enough, the Pasco County Commission is set to deal Pasco schools another $5 million blow. The commissioners will vote to cut impact fees by half on April 19 at a time when school employees and many parents cannot attend!"

Many attended a Impact Blues Rally and Community Stakeholder Meeting on Monday, April 18 at the corner of SR 54 and Little Rd. as the USEP waved signs from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Everyone who attended the rally received a blue "I make a difference everyday" t-shirt.

Then the group packed into the Community Stakeholder Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the West Pasco Government Center to let the Commissioners know that they think reducing Impact fees will hurt our schools. The goal was to "leave the Commissioners singing the "blues" after seeing our tidal wave of blue-shirted school supporters."

Pasco students, parents rally to 'Save The Arts'

Pasco students, parents rally to 'Save The Arts'

Land O' Lakes, Florida - A group of parents and students have made "save the arts" its rallying cry as the Pasco County School Board contemplates what programs and jobs to cut to deal with a potential $60 million shortfall.

Many of them attended the school board town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m.on Thursday, April 14.

The meeting was hosted by board Chairwoman Joanne Hurley at Rushe Middle School in Land O' Lakes.

Were you one of the families that participated? Comment below to join the conversation about what school programming should stay - and what should go away.

Pasco schools continue 'Fired Up Fridays'

Pasco schools continue 'Fired Up Fridays'

According to a press release from United School Employees of Pasco, Pasco schools are continuing Fired Up Fridays and adding Budget Blues Monday to the agenda this week.

Fired Up Friday, April 15, 2011:
Wesley Chapel schools will be out letting the public know that the attacks upon public education and employees are unfair, unjust, and downright wrong.

  • Land O' Lakes:  Sign waving in front of the Land O' Lakes Post Office beginning at 4:00 p.m. – sponsored by Pine View Middle School employees. Park across the street at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Wear red, create some signs and join the crowd!
  • Wesley Chapel: Sign waving at corner of 56 and Bruce B. Downs, Wesley Chapel beginning at 4:00 p.m. – sponsored by Wiregrass Ranch High School employees.
  • Shady Hills: Crews Lake Middle School and employees from area schools will be out in front of their schools on Shady Hills Rd. to oppose corporate tax breaks and support fully funding our schools.