Florida education news: sinkholes, class size, school choice and more
SINKING SCHOOL: Hillsborough's Trapnell Elementary in Plant City will close temporarily as officials repair a sinkhole threatening the campus. Students will relocate to other schools. (Photo from abcactionnews.com)
IT'S A DEAL: The Hernando School Board and newly appointed superintendent Bryan Blavatt reach a contract agreement.
NO FOURTH TERM: Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin announces she won't seek re-election. (Story also talks about plans to revamp Pasco alternative schools.)
CLASS SIZE NEEDS: Hillsborough considers moving its middle schools to seven-period days to save money that it can use to meet the next phase of the 2002 class-size reduction amendment. • Hernando reports it will need about $4.5 million to hire teachers to meet the amendment requirements. • Collier continues to examine new attendance zones to shift students into empty seats, the Naples Daily News reports. • Brevard approves new boundaries for several schools for the same reason, Florida Today reports.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Pasco High freshman starts campaign to help Pennies for Peace
NOW WHAT? The Florida Department of Education has 600 donated portables available to go to Haiti relief. It just needs to figure out how to get them there, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ON THE MOVE: USF Sarasota-Manatee will relocate some operations from Venice to North Port so it can grow, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FALLING SHORT: Broward faces the elimination of as many as 475 facilities and maintenance jobs if it can't come up with millions, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LONG LINES: Loads of Lee parents wait in line to sign up for school choice, even though they have more than a month to submit their forms, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SAFER SCHOOLS: Martin officials look for ways to make their schools more secure, the Stuart News reports.