Moore Mickens rumors prompt Official meeting
Word that the Pasco school district might relocate the programs at its history-laden Moore Mickens Education Center has riled up some Dade City residents. The City Commission has called an emergency meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday, with the sole purpose of discussing what to do about Moore Mickens, which once housed the county's first full-time school for black children. Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning, a longtime Dade City resident who proposed moving the school's services to other east Pasco campuses, said the commission can meet if it wants. "But they're going to meet without us," he told the Times. "This is a school issue. It's not a Dade City issue." Browning said he plans to conduct a town hall meeting in the near future to tell residents what his ideas are, and to listen to feedback and ideas. "We will let them know the facts, and not these rumors that are flying through Dade City like lightning, and very little of it is true," he said, stressing that the district has no plans to raze Moore Mickens — the most common rumor he's heard. Before any changes take effect, Browning added, he and his team want to make sure the plans are feasible and in the best interest of students. At the same time, he continued, he had no intention of offending anyone from the Dade City area. The district staff plans to update the School Board about its ideas for Moore Mickens, as well as Quail Hollow and Shady Hills elementary schools, at a Tuesday meeting.
Author will speak at university
Wiley Cash, author of the New York Times bestselling novel A Land More Kind Than Home, will speak at Saint Leo University at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. Cash's literary thriller is set in a small town in North Carolina. His appearance at Saint Leo is free and open to the public. The university is at 33701 State Road 52, 4 miles east of Interstate 75. The library is at the west end of the campus.
Route 21 extended for bus service
Pasco County Public Transportation has extended Route 21 to include Clayton Boulevard through Beacon Woods East, from Hudson Avenue to Fivay Road, starting this month. Residents will be able to catch the bus every hour, Monday through Saturday. Bus stops will be marked with signage reflecting Route 21. For information, visit www.ridepcpt.com or call (727) 834-3322.