New charters to get grants
Three Pinellas charter schools set to open this fall will receive $325,000 each as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The grants will go toward operating costs and training for three Plato Academy schools in the northern, middle and southern part of the county. The Pinellas School Board approved the grants Tuesday.
The schools will serve students in kindergarten through 8th grade. About $200,000 of the funds will go toward computers and equipment. The remainder will go toward lease payments, teacher training, textbooks and marketing, said Charlie Eubanks, the district's director of special projects.
The first Plato Academy opened in Clearwater in 2005. Students learn Greek as a second language, and teachers use the Socratic method, where discussion and dialogue are encouraged.
— Luis Perez, Times staff writer
Elementary school menus
Students have a choice of one entree or cold sandwich and two fruits or vegetables, or a salad plate and one fruit or vegetable. Meatless entree, chef salad and cold sandwich selection available daily. Both include choice of low-fat milk, skim milk or skim chocolate milk; bread or crackers; and dessert when available. Check pinellas.k12.fl.us/is/fsmenus for changes and more information.
Monday: chicken nuggets, pasta with marinara, salad, broccoli Normandy, garlic roll
Tuesday: meatball sub, corn dog, meatless entree choice, salad, deli roasted potatoes
Wednesday: Asian chicken, ribeque, farmer's salad, Oriental veggies, salad, roll
Thursday: sloppy joe, max sticks with marinara, veggies with dip, mixed veggies, roll, dessert
Friday: pizza, fish sticks, salad, green beans, bread basket.