Florida education news: New USF dorms, tobacco-free college, fighting the flu and more
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: USF-Tampa unveils new freshman residence halls as it requires most incoming students to live on campus in hopes of becoming more than a commuter school. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)
JOB HUNTING: Ousted Pasco administrator Ray Gadd puts his hat in the ring to lead the county's economic development council.
SERVICE HOURS: Some Hillsborough students spend their summer volunteering in pursuit of credit for a Bright Futures scholarship.
FIGHTING THE FLU: Hernando officials aim to keep their schools healthy and clean in the face of a continuing swine flu pandemic.
STUDY SCIENCE: A USF engineering professor hopes a robotic Lego soccer match will get kids more interested in science.
LABOR NEWS: Santa Rosa's administration rejects mediation as it heads to impasse hearings, the Gulf Breeze News reports.
CLEARED: A former Flagler teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student is cleared as investigators find the accusations to be false, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SAVINGS NOT FOUND: Manatee hoped to cut health insurance costs by $8 million; instead, it spent $1 million more than the year before and is looking for ways to cut now, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO SMOKING: Edison College-Punta Gorda becomes Florida's first public college or university to go completely tobacco free, the Naples Daily News reports.
PASSING RATE UP: Duval sees a higher percentage of students passing their AP exams, the Florida Times Union reports.
STICK AROUND: Miami-Dade extends superintendent Alberto Carvalho's contract another three years, the Miami Herald reports.
SWEET DEAL: Frank Brogan would make about $357,000 in base pay as university system chancellor, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HIRING MINIMAL: Citrus hits a five-year low in new teacher hires, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.