Monday, January 22, 2018
Education

School support employee of the year is honored

Support employee of the year is honored

Donna Crosby, a secretary in the Pinellas County school system's performing arts department, was named the district's Support Employee of the Year in a ceremony Friday. "Ms. Crosby's naturally engaging personality in combination with her work ethic, knowledge and customer focus make her a model for all employees," performing arts supervisor Jeanne Reynolds said. Crosby was chosen from nine finalists. Two runnersup also were recognized: Sandra Frazier, a cafeteria manager at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Education Center, and Kerry Afflitto, a clerk at Bayside High.

Parents can learn to help kids with math

The second of two Parent Academy workshops will be held this week, part of a program to encourage family engagement in schools. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, parents will hear about resources they can use to assist their students with middle and high school math. The session will be held at Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center, 2335 22nd Ave S, St. Petersburg. To register, call (727) 588-6405 or email parentacademywork [email protected]

Elementary lunches

Monday: No School: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday: Grilled cheese, mini chicken tacos, chicken Caesar salad, tomato soup, veggie dippers.

Wednesday: Beefy mac-a-roni or ravioli, chicken nuggets, fruit and yogurt plate, corn, salad.

Thursday: Cheeseburger sliders, pepperoni stromboli with marinara, farmers salad, baked beans, veggie dippers.

Friday: Pizza, fish hoagie sub, chicken dipper salad, mixed vegetables, romaine or mixed salad.

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USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

ST. PETERSBURG — Holding a piece of computer paper and a microphone, the leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg began a Friday afternoon forum by repeating the USF administration’s new mantra.He reassured the crowd before him that t...
Published: 01/19/18

Crews Lake thespians overcome the odds

SPRING HILL — It’s 8:30 a.m. — "homeroom" period in school speak — when kids in the Crews Lake Middle School drama club file into an empty chorus room to begin rehearsing under the direction of language arts teacher Kristen Sykora. There’s only 25 m...
Published: 01/19/18
Cuts hit top school leaders as Hillsborough sheds three six-figure salaries

Cuts hit top school leaders as Hillsborough sheds three six-figure salaries

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins on Friday announced the first in a series of belt-tightening moves that include the elimination of three six-figure positions.Jobs now held by Wynne Tye and Larry Sykes will no longer exis...
Published: 01/19/18
Tampa Bay schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

Tampa Bay schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

The Florida Department of Health has reported a sharp increase in flu activity in the last several weeks, prompting area schools to send out letters warning parents about the virus. At least two districts, however, say that flu activity in their scho...
Published: 01/19/18

More than 400 apply to Pasco technical high school

School choice for 2018-19 is in full swing, and district officials said they’ve been pleased with the interest they’ve seen so far.The window for applying to the district’s magnet schools closed Jan. 12, except for applications for the new Wendell Kr...
Published: 01/18/18
Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

"On Nov. 3, 2017, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 1012 Buena Vista Drive … in reference to a death investigation."So begins a charging document in the case of Andrew Coffey, the 20-year-old Florida State University student who was foun...
Published: 01/18/18
In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

In the state capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers breezed through the bullet points of a higher education bill. They skimmed past a hot-button proposal to consolidate the University of South Florida System into a single university without a peep of pushba...
Published: 01/18/18
Lithia Springs Elementary gets kids up with standing desks

Lithia Springs Elementary gets kids up with standing desks

VALRICO — Fifth-grade math teacher Melissa Forsythe walked around her Lithia Springs Elementary School classroom on Tuesday with zeal.She stopped at each station and listened with a big smile on her face as her students told stories about their new s...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/21/18
Five things to know about teacher pay negotiations in Hillsborough

Five things to know about teacher pay negotiations in Hillsborough

TAMPA — They were hoping to receive between $15 million and $17 million in scheduled pay raises. But the Hillsborough County school district says it can’t afford to give its teachers anywhere near that much, while the teachers say they deserve nothin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18
Young Pasco teacher faces cancer with support of students

Young Pasco teacher faces cancer with support of students

NEW PORT RICHEY — At age 28, things were really shaping up for Joel Santos-Gonzalez. Fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a teacher, he had just completed his third year at Gulf Middle School."I always liked to talk to people on an intellectual ...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18