Connerton Elementary students Darren Butler, left, Damion Mitchell, Dominique King, Jonathan Hollis and Miranda Petrillo check out the jungle gym at the school’s newly renovated playground, which received $75,000 in upgrades.Photos by BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Playgrounds, recess as important as testing, class time, Pasco principals say

LAND O'LAKES — Karley Green stared wide-eyed at the newly renovated playground behind the yellow ribbon and the shiny gold helium balloons. Connerton Elementary School's outdoor play area had been closed for a year, as workers replaced equipment and ground cover to make it safer and more accessible to all children, …