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B4s_janssen050208_21903c HE'S STILL HERE? Two Pinellas School Board members try to speed the departure of outgoing superintendent Clayton Wilcox to make way for interim leader Julie Janssen (left), but fall short in the votes. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)

CHANGE IS COMING: Bayonet Point Middle School is about to get its sixth principal since 2001, and teachers there aren't too thrilled about it. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino spoke to the faculty to ease their concerns, but didn't satisfy everyone.

DEALING WITH GRIEF: First-graders at the Learning Gate charter school in Lutz learn about how to overcome sadness with the death of a classmate.

BENEFIT FOR A TEACHER: Garrison-Jones Elementary in Dunedin plans a fund raiser to support music teacher Briana Foley, who is battling brain cancer. Foley will be honored as Pinellas music educator of the year next week.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Hernando - Students' job is to put it in print (Eastside Elementary); Hernando official helps kids fight mosquitoes (Westside Elementary); Pasco - Problem-solving teams off to Odyssey of the Mind world finals/Wacky brain waves at work (Marlowe Elementary, Sand Pine Elementary, River Ridge Middle, River Ridge High, Wiregrass Ranch High)

LAWSUIT SOLVES LITTLE: A group of Broward black activists tells the School Board that their schools remain as deprived as 13 years ago, when they sued the district over unequal treatment, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

READY TO FIGHT: The Florida Education Association is among a growing list of groups making plans to fight constitutional amendments on vouchers and taxes that the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission put on the November ballot, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CONDOM-USE VIDEO APPROVED: Five months ago, the St. Lucie district was ablaze with a battle over its sex ed curriculum. This week, the School Board approved a condom-use video with barely a word, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Collier begins planning to tackle a $19.4-million shortfall, the Naples Daily News reports. Orange changes its student start times during a heated 6-hour session to save a projected $6-million, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Miami-Dade continues to pore over its cutting options, but has yet to tackle the issue of eliminating jobs, the Miami Herald reports. Leon won't close two schools as initially proposed in its budget trimming efforts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Volusia raises its meal prices to offset rising costs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Marion moves some district administrators back to schools to replace retiring principals and save some cash, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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