My wife and I have lived in New Port Richey now for almost 9 years. I am a native of Clearwater (about 20 minutes South of New Port Richey). We love the smaller town feel of New Port Richey and do not miss the congestion of Pinellas County (Clearwater, St. Pete, Tarpon Springs, etc).
Contact me if you have any specific questions on schools. I have two sons (age 9 and 11) and they both go to Richey Elementry. My wife and I have been very happy with their curriculum, staff, and student attention. My 11 year old is headed to Gulf Middle next year (they get big so fast!) so far we are happy with what we have heard in the sudent orientation events and from what other parents are telling us.
I have several videos about New Port Richey and nearby parks and beaches on my website and YouTube channel. My YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/belloise the other site is listed below.
Thanks and good luck!
Belloise Realty Tropical