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Visit the Times' 2015 back-to-school edition

Kara Smucker is principal at Quail Hollow Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, which has been closed for two years and is in the final stages of a complete remodel before the start of the 2015-16 school year. “I really feel like, in time, we can make a difference in this community,” she said.BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Pumped up for a big year

While state lawmakers and education leaders focus on broad issues such as standards, testing and how to evaluate teachers, the people who come to school every day just want an atmosphere where kids can learn. As a new school year draws near, we asked six of them to tell us about changes in the offing at their schoo …


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  1. Hernando County: What you need to know for going back to school


    Getting ready


    Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. To register for the first grade, students must be 6 and have proof of completing kindergarten. If the child did not attend a public school for kindergarten, parents should present a report …

  2. Meet Hillsborough County's new principals


    Students at these schools will be greeted by new principals for the 2015-16 year. Here's a look at who they are and what they have done so far:

    Tamethea Simmons
  3. Pasco County School District 2015-16 calendar


    Aug. 17-21: Teacher planning days.

Tampa Bay Times School Search 2015


Families get more choices as Pinellas broadens its school options

The Pinellas County School District is mostly a system of traditional neighborhood schools where students are assigned based on where they live. But you can feel a distinct shift over the p …