NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: Summertime usually offers ample opportunities for would-be employees to seek school district work. Not this year for Tampa Bay area districts.
A NEW IMAGE, ONE STROKE AT A TIME: About three dozen students and teachers take two days to help spiff up Gulf High in Pasco, a step toward reestablishing some pride and ownership in the school. (Times photo, Mike Pease)
AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE: The Pinellas School Board culls its list of superintendent candidates to five Florida-based finalists, including the current interim superintendent.
MIT COMES CALLING: A non-profit R&D firm created by MIT will set up biotech labs in Tampa and St. Petersburg, employing more than 150 researchers.
CAFETERIA COSTS: Hillsborough's finance chief gets it mostly right when she talks about the efficiency and costs of the district's food service program.
BAD PRINCIPAL: A federal judge used his ruling to chastise a Holmes County school principal for using his position to harass gay students, the AP reports. The man is no longer a principal.
CHECKING THEM TWICE: Collier officials are reviewing every employees' background to comply with the state's new educator ethics law, the Naples Daily News reports.
A BOARD DIVIDED: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew's days could be numbered, with three board members wanting to fire him, three hoping to keep him and three undecided, the Miami Herald reports.
GETTING TOUGH WITH BULLIES: Broward becomes the first Florida school district to adopt an anti-bullying policy in compliance with new state law, the Miami Herald reports.
SUSPEND? OR FIRE? Palm Beach officials are pondering the proper punishment for a principal accused of faking student grades and inflating enrollment, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: St. Lucie schools are feeling the strain of budget cuts, the Palm Beach Post reports. Martin approves its tax rate without corrections from the state that it had requested, the Stuart News reports. Volusia works on its budget but warns that everything could change depending on how many kids show up, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.