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Group backs school-based management

Group backs plan for school management

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has joined the Students First Alliance representing individuals and organizations that publicly endorse the Pinellas Education Foundation's "A Case for Change in Pinellas Schools" campaign.

The initiative seeks to shift from a centralized management of county public schools to "school-based management" giving principals, teachers and students new powers. Principals would become more like chief operating officers with responsibilities that include establishing a budget, staffing and deciding instructional strategies.

School management is business luncheon topic

"A Case for Change in Pinellas Schools" will be the topic of the chamber's business luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave. Guests will include foundation chairman Bob McIntyre and president Terry Boehm.

Spotlight Sponsor is Yellow Book USA. The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail

Nominations invited for two superlative awards

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Citizen of the Year and Mac Norcross Small-Business Person of the Year awards. Presentations will be at the chamber's 56th Annual Banquet on Sept. 15 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.

• Citizen of the Year nominees must be living individuals who have focused attention and direct efforts on the Largo and mid Pinellas area that has brought acclaim or public notice; have outstanding achievement in community service; have a place of business in the area and have performed volunteer services to the community. Offices and chairmanships of national, state and local civic and nonprofit organizations will be considered.

• Mac Norcross Small-Business Person of the Year nominees must own a locally operated independent or franchised business with 50 or fewer full-time employees and be active members of the chamber. A commitment to the community, as demonstrated by contributions of personal time and or resources, and a proven commitment to local entrepreneurship and small business must be demonstrated.

Nomination deadline is Aug. 20. For nomination forms or for more information about award criteria, call the chamber at 727-584-2321 or e-mail

Networking coffee at Beef O'Brady's Aug. 7

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly coffee and networking business leads program Aug. 7 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Beef O'Brady's, Pinellas Shopping Center, 841 West Bay Drive.

There will be door prizes and a networking exercise. Yellow Book USA is the Spotlight Sponsor. Free for members and $10 for nonmembers. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail

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