Forums set to discuss 4-day school week
The Pasco school district's task force exploring the possibility of four-day school weeks has scheduled three public forums to gather community feedback on the concept. The panel has collected research on the topic including from nearby Marion County, which is backing away from its plan for four-day weeks after learning the savings would be less than expected. The forums are scheduled for:
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pasco Middle School, 13925 14th St., Dade City.
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Rushe Middle School, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., Land O'Lakes.
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey.
"These forums are one more way to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to weigh in on this important topic," chairman Steve Luikart said. The district received about 10,000 responses to its online survey, which was unscientific because people could choose to participate more than once.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Get city manager's ear over coffee
Residents are invited for "Coffee with the City Manager" from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the New Port Richey Library meeting room, 5939 Main St. City Manager John Schneiger will discuss current issues, including budget discussions, and listen to residents' questions and concerns. Coffee and snacks for this free event have been donated by Starbucks and the Friends of the New Port Richey Library. Call (727) 853-1279 or (727) 853-1021 for information.
Art winners to be honored Friday
The Pasco Arts Council will hold an awards reception and gallery party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday to honor the winner of the 2012 Pasco Annual Art Exhibition at the PAC arts center, 5744 Moog Road. The show has 47 pieces of art in a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and three-dimensional works by professional and amateur artists ages 18 and older. The show was judged by Kevin Grass, associate professor of art at St. Petersburg College. The show will be open to the public Friday through March 9, during which visitors may cast a vote for show favorite. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information, call (727) 845-7322.
Digestive disorders topic of program
Dr. Keith Chisholm, a general surgeon, will host a program called "All Right Now: Solving Digestive Disorders" at 1 p.m. Friday at the Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630.
Haley Mamonoff, the younger sister of a teen who was hit and killed by a car last year, is 9 years old. A photo caption from a Saturday story on last week's candlelight vigil gave an incorrect age.