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Pinellas: suspension numbers down



The number of out-of-school suspensions in Pinellas fell 5.4 percent last year, according to the latest district reports, which were posted late last week.

Among high schools (not counting Bayside), Bogie had the highest suspension rate, moving from 11.3 to 17.3 percent. Gibbs was second with 17 percent, but that was down from 20.4 percent in 2010-11.

John Hopkins led all middle schools (not counting the two intermediates) with a 34.9 percent rate, down from 38.4 percent the year before.

Azalea Middle was second (34.3 percent), followed by Pinellas Park Middle (29.2 percent), which got a lot more media attention for its discipline issues.

Five elementary schools had double-digit rates: Lakewood (16.5), Woodlawn (14.5), Melrose (14.4), Sanderlin (13.1) and Maximo (12.3).

Five others had no suspensions: Bay Vista Fundamental, Curtis Fundamental, Orange Grove, Tarpon Springs Fundamental and Walsingham.

[Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2011 3:01pm]


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