Sunday, September 23, 2018

Florida education news: Free meals, dual enrollment, construction costs and more

FREE MEALS: All Hernando County school students will have access to free breakfast and lunch at school through 2022, because of the impact of Hurricane Irma. • Students at all Polk County schools will receive free meals in the next school year, the Ledger reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: The Pasco County school district seeks to grow participation in dual enrollment courses, while also decreasing the expenses.

MENDING FENCES: Hernando County's new interim superintendent endeavors to repair relations in a district that has been divided.

CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Pasco County district finance officials raise concerns that revenue for maintenance and construction projects won't meet need. • The Volusia County School Board reverses course and decides not to borrow money for new construction projects, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LEADERSHIP: The Marion County school district sees several administrative changes, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SECURITY: Brevard County's sheriff says there's no way the district's new security guards will be in place by the first day of classes, Florida Today reports. • A Palm Beach County school officer who lives on campus will lose his home because of campus improvements, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Miami-Dade County school district swears in a new class of school officers, WLRN reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A management firm explains its improvement plans for two low-scoring Duval County schools, WJCT reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A construction executive anticipates Florida's new charter school rules could impact the state's commercial real estate market, Commercial Property Executive reports.

WATER CHECK: Thirteen Brevard County schools will have their drinking water supply tested for traces of firefighting chemicals, Space Coast Daily reports.

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