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Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program

The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday. The district is one of at least 120 education organizations, including the University of So …


  1. Brooksville police chief defends officers' actions in Taser incident


    BROOKSVILLE —Brooksville Police Chief George Turner on Friday strongly defended two of his officers who have recently come under scrutiny after a man they were trying to place in custody was shot with a Taser, stunned and eventually hospitalized.

  2. Hernando School Board authorizes steps to relieve overcrowding at K-8 school


    WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County School Board this week declared the overcrowding at Winding Waters K-8 School an imminent risk for students and authorized superintendent Lori Romano to take immediate steps to remedy the situation.

  3. Hillsborough tops the state in National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County leads the state in National Merit Scholar semifinalists with 67 recipients, the school district announced Friday. Hillsborough surpassed Miami-Dade and Broward, which are larger districts.

  4. Pinellas school employees may get 2.5 percent raise


    Teachers in Pinellas County Schools will see another pay bump this year.

  5. Pinellas charter schools come under scrutiny


    LARGO — The point of charter schools is to do better for students. They have the freedom to think outside the box, innovating with longer school days or years, gender-segregated classrooms and more, all in the name of providing better options for children than the traditional system can.

  6. Pasco class notes



    The Sydney Has a Sister Scholarship Foundation will host a silent auction fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Beef O'Brady's Wilderness Lake Preserve, 7040 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Auction items include golf packages, date nights, hotel stays, spa packages and …

  7. Jesuit gets seventh million-dollar gift since last year


    TAMPA — Jesuit High School, looking toward a sweeping transformation of its N Himes Avenue campus, has been quietly seeking donations from its alumni, and they have come through in a big way: The school has received seven $1 million gifts in little more than a year.

  8. Students harvest sweet potatoes at Gulfside Elementary


    HOLIDAY — It was harvest day at Gulfside Elementary School, and second- and third-grade students were mightily excited to be pulling sweet potatoes planted in the raised garden beds in May.

    Second-graders Domonic Brown, left, and Aidan Meagher, right,  harvest sweet potatoes in the school garden at Gulf Elementary in Holiday.