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Pasco briefs: STEM school closer to reality


STEM magnet school closer to reality

A proposal to create a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet school in Pasco County took a step closer to reality on Friday when the state Senate included $1.5 million for the initiative in its appropriations bill. Sen. John Legg, R-New Port Richey, placed the item in the legislation after working with county school district and business leaders on the idea. "We may finally get a Pasco magnet career-tech school yet," Legg said. The line item does not appear in the House budget. But Legg said "we may have some members in our delegation who may have some influence in accepting the Senate position," referring to, among others, House Speaker Will Weatherford.


Schools to review policy changes

The Pasco County School Board has canceled its regular meeting for Tuesday, but instead will have a workshop at which members will review proposed policy revisions. One of the recommendations that could generate some heat centers on the district's implementation of recently approved state laws governing student-athlete transfers. A new policy before the board would bar student-athletes who transfer schools from participating in sports for one year, among other actions. Other rules facing changes include those governing charter schools, career education and virtual education. The board is not scheduled to take formal action during the workshop, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the district headquarters in Land O'Lakes.

Superintendent to address group

Pasco school superintendent Kurt Browning will be the guest speaker at the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations' monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). PACA is a not-for-profit organization whose members include 70 homeowner associations, community development districts and condominium associations. For more information, contact vice president/membership director David Quinones at (813) 751-9110 or visit


Drawing for Bucs season tickets set

The Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation will conduct a drawing during Chasco Fiesta to raise money for its children's hearing programs. Tickets offer a chance to win two Tampa Bay Buccaneers Club Level season tickets valued at $4,100. The drawing tickets are $75 each and only 150 will be sold for the drawing at 8 p.m. April 13. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. To purchase tickets and get more information, call the foundation at (727) 834-5479.