Schools, Offices Closing for Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2014 Comments off

Hillsborough County public schools and offices will be closed Monday, November 24, through Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving.  Regular hours will resume Monday, December 1.

Student Cooks to Compete in 4th Annual Recipe Challenge

November 20th, 2014 Comments off

Who:     Hillsborough County Public Schools 3rd through 8th graders and Student Nutrition Services

What:    Cook It Up! Student Recipe Challenge

When:  Now through December 29

Why:     The purpose of the contest is to promote the importance of healthful eating and introduce new, kid-appealing school meal options.

How:     Participants must submit a healthy and creative entree recipe using at least two different food groups along with a short essay explaining what makes their recipe nutritious and why it’s important for kids to maintain a healthy diet.  Entries can be submitted instantly on the SNS website at  The Top 5 finalists will be announced by January 13, 2015. The top five (5) finalists will be invited to participate in a School Lunch Cook-Off. They will assist in preparing their dish for a panel of culinary judges. One participant will be named Cook It Up’s Ultimate School Lunch Chef.  The Cook-Off event will take place Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre from 6p.m. to 8p.m.

Prizes include:
• Fuel Up to Play 60 Prize Kit worth up to $400
• $100 worth prizes and gift cards
• Recipe featured on the district’s school lunch menu

Proposed Attendance Boundary Changes

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

In August 2015, Hillsborough County Public Schools will open an addition at Lennard High School to provide space for new growth in the area and offer relief to the overcrowded East Bay High School.

The attendance boundaries of Brandon, East Bay, Lennard, Riverview, and Spoto high schools will be impacted in an effort to balance enrollment among the high schools.  Some students currently assigned to East Bay and Riverview high schools are proposed to be reassigned to Brandon, Lennard, Riverview, and Spoto high schools.

Seniors (current juniors who will be seniors next year – class of 2016) will be allowed to remain at their current high school.  These changes will be effective for the school year starting August 2015.  The proposed high school boundary changes are not final until they go before the School Board for a vote in early 2015.

Two meetings will be held for the community to review the proposed high school boundary changes and provide input.  The same information will be available at both meetings.

6 to 7:30 p.m. December 8, 2014
Riverview High School cafeteria, 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview

6 to 7:30 p.m. December 11, 2014
East Bay High School cafeteria, 7710 Old Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton

Maps of the proposed high school boundary changes are available at  In addition, Barrington, Dowdell, Eisenhower, Giunta, McLane, and Rodgers middle schools will have information available for 8th grade students who will be impacted by the proposed high school boundary changes next year.

Families can explore other attendance options by visiting the School Choice website at  The Choice Expo will be held on December 12 at the Florida State Fairgrounds from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

To submit questions and comments about the proposed high school boundary changes, email