Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The vice president's Oct. 4 visit to Land O' Lakes was a first for the community and Pasco County schools.
Vice President Joe Biden made Land O' Lakes history Monday when he stopped at Oakstead Elementary School to talk about the American Jobs Act. Click through the photo gallery to see images from his visit. We also invite you to add your own photos of the occasion to the gallery.
While not everyone agreed with his politics, most in attendance at Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance Monday say it was an honor for the community to host him.
It’s not every day a sitting vice president pays a Land O’ Lakes school a visit. In fact, according to Summer Romagnoli, the Pasco County School District’s spokeswoman, it’ never happened before. The historic significance of Vice President Joe Biden’s stop in Land O’ Lakes wasn’t lost on those in attendance at his speech at Oakstead Elementary School on Oct. 4. Biden was there to speak about the American Jobs Act and the impact it could have on Pasco County schools and campuses nationwide. “It think it’s great for the county,” said Steve Luikart, a Pasco County School Board member. “I’m glad that he and his office think Pasco has the pulse of the state.” As for the $32 million for Pasco schools the act would provide if passed, Luikart said…
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
An estimated $32 million would go to Pasco schools.
Vice President Joe Biden came to Land O' Lakes on Oct. 4 to talk about the merits of the American Jobs Act. If passed, the bill is expected to infuse an estimated $32 million into Pasco County Schools. Biden told parents, teachers and students gathered at Oakstead that placing an emphasis on education is a must for keeping America competitive in the global market. He also said that putting an estimated 400,000 teachers to work nationwide would have positive effects on the economy. Watch the video of Biden's address and let us know what you think about the American Jobs Act in the comments or cast your vote in our ongoing poll.
As Joe Biden makes his way to Land O' Lakes, we'd like to hear from you.
Today marks a first for Land O' Lakes and Pasco County Schools. A sitting vice president is on his way to town and we at Patch would love to know what's on your mind. If you were able to ask Joe Biden a question during today's address on the American Jobs Act at Oakstead Elementary, what would it be? Share your thoughts in the comments.
While parents can expect a mostly normal day, students are excited about the “men in black” visiting their campus.
When helicopters buzzed overhead and “men in black” toured the Oakstead Elementary campus last Friday, no one knew for sure if the school would be in for a historic visit or not. Then the news broke late Saturday night that Vice President Joe Biden would make a stop at the school during his tour touting the American Jobs Acts. It’s been a whirlwind for faculty, staff and students ever since. Not wanting to disrupt the school day too much, Biden and his staff insisted that business as usual be conducted on the campus during today’s visit. “They really wanted it to be as normal a day as possible,” said Tammy Kimpland, Oakstead’s principal. With that in mind, parents and volunteers will still be allowed to visit the campus tomorrow. Parents …
Joe Biden’s plea for the bill’s passage hits home for Pasco County schools.
After facing another round of budget cuts and eliminating more than 500 positions, officials at the Pasco County School District are ready for a break. That break might come soon if Vice President Joe Biden has his way. Biden intends to visit Oakstead Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes today, Oct. 4, on a tour urging Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. The proposed bill includes an estimated $32 million for Pasco County Schools, said Summer Romagnoli, district spokeswoman. If the bill passes, Romagnoli said the money could be used to put teachers back into the classrooms. It could also be used to ease overcrowding at schools like Oakstead that are operating well above capacity. Oakstead, she said, opened six years ago with a design to …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Parents and students can expect a relatively normal school day despite a vice presidential visit on Tuesday.
Oakstead Elementary School students who were hoping to get out of work on Tuesday when Vice President Joe Biden stops by to pay a visit might be out of luck. According to Pasco School District officials, the academic day should be much like any other. “It will be a normal school day,” said Summer Romagnoli, the district’s spokeswoman. “The Vice President will tour one class and speak to some parents in the media center.” Students in other classes can anticipate little change to their schedule. “They have worked all weekend to ensure that his visit will cause as little disruption as possible,” Romagnoli said. Biden is coming to Florida this week to speak about the American Jobs Act. While the Oct. 4 stop at Oakstead is just one planned …
If you could tell the White House your opinion of the proposed legislation, what would you say?
In light of Vice President Joe Biden's planned visit to Land O' Lakes on Tuesday, Oct. 4, we thought we'd take the opportunity to ask you for your opinions about the bill he'll be lobbying for. Biden intends to make a stop at Oakstead Elementary School on his tour to urge Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. We'd like to know what you think about the proposed bill. Just repond to the poll or add your comments below. Check back in with us on Friday to find out the results of our non-scientific poll and to hear what other area residents are saying about the bill.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
The vice president will make an appearance at Oakstead Elementary School.
Vice President Joe Biden will make an appearance in Land O’ Lakes next week to discuss the American Jobs Act. According to the White House press office, Biden will pay a visit to Oakstead Elementary School around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4. During his visit, Biden is expected to deliver a plea to Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. Pasco County was selected for the visit because of the recent elimination of more than 500 positions, including eight at Oakstead. The act, a White House media release said, will help “keep teachers in the classroom, rebuild schools in Florida and across the nation, and put more money in the pockets of working Americans, while not adding a dime to the deficit.”