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Coming up at the first Pinellas School Board meeting of 2017



New year, new to-do list for the Pinellas County School Board.

The board will meet Tuesday to discuss a number of new projects for the second half of the school year. Among them: a new pilot program designated by the Florida Legislature that would give principals of schools with a history of poor letter grades from the state "increased fiscal and administrative authority." Upon board approval, the district will submit applications for Maximo, Lealman Avenue and Seventy Fourth Street elementary schools to be the first schools to participate.

The School Board has turned to the bond market to speed up a selected hefty construction projects, and on Tuesday board members will vote on a $26 million project to revamp Pinellas Park Middle. The school is getting a new administration and media building, an expanded cafeteria and two story classroom building, renovated classrooms and new outdoor athletic spaces.

The total project cost includes a design agreement with Harvard Jolly for $1.9 million. See their concept design proposal here.

A few other schools have construction projects up for approval, but because they are funded out of the district's budgeted general capital outlay, they're bundled in the consent agenda. Bardmoor Elementary will get a permanent wall renovation for a total project cost of $4.4 million, Tarpon Springs High will get $12.3 million for construction, renovation and remodeling and the Walter Pownall Service Center will get for $1.5 million.

January is packed with School Board events. The board will meet Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. at Pinellas Technical College Clearwater campus for its Legislative Delegation Partnership breakfast. A regularly scheduled board workshop will take place shortly after at 9:30 a.m. at the district's Largo headquarters.

The district is also holding another job fair for its Transformation Zone schools Jan. 19 at High Point Elementary from 4:30 to 7 p.m. It is unclear whether the district is seeking teachers for the current school year or for 2017-18.

[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2017 3:57pm]


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