Dry weather pattern means weekend is expected to be warmer, wonderful
Chilly Floridians can celebrate this weekend as the temperatures climb back up into the 80s after nearly a week of semiwinter weather. Some parts of the Tampa Bay area were due to drop to the low 40s Friday night but will warm dramatically today, said Mike Clay a meteorologist with Bay News 9. Tonight's low will be in the 60s, and it's unlikely to rain through Monday. "It's going to be beautiful," Clay said. "The rain chance is less than 20 percent on Monday. It's a very dry pattern."
Sligh Middle teacher did not follow testing rules, officials say
One month after a King High School teacher was suspended without pay for helping her students pass an end-of-course exam, a special-education teacher at Sligh Middle School awaits similar treatment at Tuesday's School Board meeting. Officials say Linda Jordan, 53, did not follow the rules in administering and grading an alternative FCAT. As a result, the scores could not be counted for the school's overall rating. Jordan told administrators it was all a misunderstanding and that she was under stress, according to a letter from district officials. Jordan has been on the job since 2006.
Bus ridership sets county record
October was the biggest month for bus ridership in Hillsborough County's history, topping the previous monthly record by 65,000 trips. Despite declining gas prices, HART officials say their buses totaled 1,344,854 trips, or an increase of 10.6 percent compared with the same month last year. This is the first time HART has surpassed the 1.3-million level. October streetcar ridership totaled 28,220, or an increase of 11.2 percent compared with the same month last year.
Pasco schools to review special needs system
The news of tragedies with Hillsborough County special education students fresh in their minds, Pasco County School Board members have called for a workshop to discuss their district's procedures for caring for children with special needs. Board member Alison Crumbley said she feels confident in the district's operations but that a review seems prudent to ensure that there aren't holes in the system. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said her staff already had begun a review after reading stories about two deaths in the Hillsborough district. The workshop date has not been set.
The St. Petersburg City Council will talk about requiring bars that serve alcohol past midnight to get permits at a Nov. 19 meeting. A story Friday listed an incorrect meeting date.