Board to hold hearing, adopt budget today
They're calling it a working document, one that certainly will be changed. But in keeping with state law, the Pasco County School Board will adopt its 2008-09 budget after a final public hearing at 6 p.m. today. The $1.2-billion plan features an unchanged tax rate of $7.208 per $1,000 of taxable value, and an overall spending decrease of 5.71 percent from a year ago. District employees have registered their complaints that the budget does not include pay raises, and they plan to protest at the hearing. But board members and administrators have cautioned that the budget is likely to shrink even more as the state's tax revenue continues to decrease. The hearing will take place in the district board room, 7205 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Building 3.
No makeup day for Tropical Storm Fay
Remember that day of school students missed because of Tropical Storm Fay? Forget about it. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has sent a memo to the School Board saying that the district already has met the statutory time line for net hours of education without any added classroom time. So no makeup days will be needed. What's more — this part is for you, district workers — any employees who took a leave of absence on Aug. 19 would get the hours back under the plan, too. The board is scheduled to give its blessing to the "hurricane day" today.
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Drugs suspected in porch death
Authorities do not suspect foul play in the death of a 24-year-old man found Saturday on his front porch on Sutters Mill Road. Emergency workers responding to a 911 call about 9:30 a.m. thought Michael Stanzione might have been shot. Further investigation revealed otherwise, Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said. "There are indications at the scene that this was drug-related," Tobin said. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Virginia Perry, the grandmother who raised Stanzione, said she was still trying to figure out what happened to him. "Basically he was a good kid. I don't want everybody thinking he was just one of those, you know, scumbag drug addicts," she said Monday. "He wasn't like that at all."
Chamber to mark 10th anniversary
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 10 years with "A Red Carpet Affair" on Sept. 25. There will be an awards banquet and the installation of the board of directors. Social hour is at 6 p.m. with the banquet at 7 p.m. Call (813) 994-8534.
Kramer, Eleanore "Nora"
Lingle, William R.
Long, Frank H.
Longworth, Keith Scott
Moore, Anne-Marie C.
Pomeroy, Garrett David
Woods, Joseph Patrick
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.