Florida education news: Exploding toilets, election recounts, bonus pay and more
EXPLODING TOILET: A former librarian at Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary sues the city over injuries she suffered after a maintenance crew's work on school water lines caused a toilet to explode.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Hillsborough County election officials have yet to determine who won a tight race for School Board.
AT USF: University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft stands to receive a big bonus after earning top marks from trustees. • A USF administrator loses his post after officials learn of inappropriate activity at his past university.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? The Lee school district takes in some extra money by selling website advertising and building naming rights, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TEACHER PAY: Collier teachers earn above the state average, while educators in neighboring Lee fall below the line, the Naples Herald reports.
TURNAROUNDS: The Francis Marion Military Academy charter school will reorganize after four consecutive D grades, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
BAD ACTS: A Florida Virtual School teacher is fired amid accusations he gave students grades they did not deserve, WFTV reports. • A Sarasota County charter school teacher is removed from the classroom after allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct toward a former student, WTSP reports.
TROUBLED: The Flagler school district's director of growth and management is Baker Acted after being found running naked near the county government building, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: St. Johns teacher union and district officials find easier compromise a year after heading to impasse in contract talks, the St. Augustine Record reports.
FINANCES: The Florida Board of Education has continued concerns about the Jefferson County school district's financial performance, WFSU reports.