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Hillsborough board to weigh budget, Middleton principal



TAMPA -- Members of the Hillsborough County School Board face a crowded agenda today at their regular 3 p.m. meeting.

On tap is the district's first public hearing on millage rates and tentative budget for the coming school year. Officials say they're facing a $10 million shortfall and may have to resort to unpaid furloughs next spring for teachers and staff.

The board is also expected to vote on new principals for Middleton High School and Franklin Middle, and consider a proposal to terminate the contract of a struggling charter school, Re-Birth Academy.

And there could be a few surprises at the meeting, after some readers told the Gradebook they plan to speak to the board about incidents in which a King High School assistant principal pulled the bare toes of students with low grades. District officials say they're satisfied no harm was done, but the authors of two letters to the editor in today's Times beg to differ.

For updates and details, visit the Gradebook at or read tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.

-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]


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