School year

starts Aug. 13

LAND O’ LAKES — Students will return to classrooms for the start of the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, Aug. 13, school district officials remind parents and youths.

The Pasco school district has many resources posted at

Information includes immunization requirements and waiver information, as well as steps to register and registration days and hours for each school.

Other resources detail after-school enrichment programs, bell schedule, bus stops, code of conduct, dress code, free or reduced-price lunch applications, high school graduation requirements, medications at school, school lunch program, school-year calendar and more.

Other tips involve checking grades online, elementary curriculum guides, media and library resources, Pasco eSchool, students with disabilities, volunteer program and more.


 STEM trip

NEW PORT RICHEY — Evan Huff, a homeschooled freshman from New Port Richey, attended the Global STEM Alliance 2018, an initiative of New York Academy of Sciences on an all-expenses-paid trip.

He earned the Mentee of the Month award for exceptional work in science, technology, engineering and math as he aspires to become a cybersecurity engineer.

Evan was selected as a junior member of the New York Academy of Sciences in September 2017, with a year-long one-on-one mentorship from an industry professional,

The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sceinces is a virtual program for exceptional students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math that provides applicants with access to student peers from across the globe.

Volunteer Way 

give away

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Volunteer Way has been collecting backpacks and school supplies for Pasco County schoolchildren. On Aug. 8, the food bank nonprofit agency will distribute the backpacks from 9 a.m. to noon at the Moon Lake Mission, 10008 Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey.

For information, call Cliff Gill, marketing coordinator for the Volunteer Way at 727-815-0433.

PHSC board

names leader

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco-Hernando State College district board of trustees elected a new chair and vice chair for the 2018-19 academic year. Hospital executive Robin Schneider was elected, succeeding cardiologist Rao Musunuru.

Health insurance executive Alvaro “Al” Hernandez was elected vice chair.

Schneider, a Spring Hill-area resident, is marketing coordinator at Medical Center of Trinity. She has served on the PHSC board since 2014 and was vice chair for the 2017-18 academic year. She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Pasco and a 2003 graduate of Leadership Hernando.

Schneider has more than 16 years of experience in health care marketing and has served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society.

Hernandez, who lives in the Odessa area, is market vice president at Humana and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nova Southeastern University. He has served on the PHSC board since 2017.

Musunuru, a founder of the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, the outgoing chair, was recognized for his exemplary leadership throughout his 2017-18 term. Musunuru has been a PHSC trustee since 1999, when the school was known as Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Gov. Rick Scott reappointed Hernandez, Lee Maggard and Schneider to the PHSC board for terms through 2022.

New school

supply drive

HUDSON — Allison Schwartzkopf, owner-agent for Taurus Insurance Professionals LLC says the Bayonet Point-area firm has filled its conference room with supplies, with all-new items backpacks to pencils.

Schwartzkopf seeks to donate the supplies to a local organization for distribution to students. Contact Schwartzkopf at 727-534-1698 cell or

NPR student

earns degree

NEW PORT RICHEY — Ashley Johnson of New Port Richey graduated from Tallahassee Community College with an associate degree in nursing program.

PHSC gets


NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando State College has been placed in the Silver category for state college performance funding as announced by the Chancellor’s Office, division of Florida colleges.

The college will receive Institutional Investment Funds of $799,073 as well as State Investment Funds of $799,073 to support college operations for the 2018-19 academic year.

Performance funding is based on student retention, completion, job placement, and starting salaries for graduates.

Saint Leo elects

10th president

ST. LEO — Jeffrey D. Senese officially was elected as the 10th president of Saint Leo University on July 26.

He has served as the acting president of the university since the retirement of William J. Lennox Jr. on April 30.

Senese was the university’s first provost and senior vice president of academic and student affairs and provided oversight of all educational programs offered at the main campus, at its 35 education centers, and online.