NEW PORT RICHEY
Charter school has another new principal
The Athenian Academy of Pasco charter school, which serves close to 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, has its third principal in less than a year. Dan Rishavy took over as acting administrator over winter break, after Maureen Moore unexpectedly resigned for personal reasons. Moore — dismissed as the Pasco school district's communications director in June — landed the Athenian Academy job over the summer as the school underwent several leadership changes, including the end of principal Manuel Goncalves' term and the cancellation of its management contract with the Leona Group. Pasco schools assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose, who oversees charter schools for the district, said the school has taken positive steps, including a workable financial plan, and seems to be headed in the right direction. The district charter school division is about to begin its annual performance reviews of all five charter schools in the county.
Transformer fire blacks out 1,300
A transformer fire Thursday afternoon knocked out power to about 1,300 customers in the Saddlebrook area. It was unclear what sparked the blaze, which was reported just before 4:30 p.m. near the Saddlebrook entrance on State Road 54. Pasco Fire Rescue doused the flames that spread to the surrounding brush, and officials expected to restore power that evening.
Event to promote a greener lifestyle
Pasco County Extension will host the Green Solutions Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, with information on living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. A tree-planting ceremony will kick off this free event, which includes freebies such as tree seedlings, reusable shopping bags, light bulbs and more as long as supplies last. The Pasco County Health Department will be on site with free H1N1 flu shots. There will also be a dropoff for home electronics materials, and residents will receive a $5 gift certificate in exchange for thermometers and thermostats containing mercury. The dropoff does not include paint and painting-related items. For information, call (727) 847-8177, ext. 4288; (813) 996-7341, ext. 4288; or (352) 521-4288; or visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.