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Six finalists vie for Pinellas schools' top educator

Doorways names Fran Martinelli its top mentor

Fran Martinelli from Tarpon Springs Middle was named Pinellas County's Doorways Mentor of the Year. The Doorways Scholarship Initiative, in partnership with Take Stock in Children, gives low-income students the opportunity to work toward a college education. Martinelli will represent Pinellas County for the statewide Mentor of the Year title through Take Stock in Children, a nonprofit group that offers colleges scholarships and mentors to low-income and at-risk students.

Apply for special programs in January

The application period for Pinellas County schools' magnet, fundamental and career academy programs begins Jan. 7 and runs through Jan. 20. Parents can get more information at a districtwide fair on Jan. 7 at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo, from 9 a.m. to noon. There also will be a south county information fair on Jan. 10 at Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg, from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents and students will learn if they have been accepted to a program between Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. For more information, go to

Classes are back in session on Jan. 3

Public schools are closed through Jan. 2 for winter break. Classes resume on Jan. 3.

Six finalists vie for Pinellas schools' top educator 11/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 1:49pm]
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