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  1. Pinellas County schools by the numbers


    7th largest district in Florida (out of 67) 101,865 students, K-12 based on April 2016 state count 18,286 students in adult education programs 9,537 full- and part-time instructional staff 399 administrators $1.3B annual budget 78.3% graduation rate 74 elementary schools 21 middle schools 2 elementary/middle schools  …

  2. Pinellas news briefs


    CUPCAKE CONTEST: The Morean Center for Clay is looking for volunteers to help with the sixth annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest. The center needs to fill the following times and slots Aug. 20: Two people are needed from 9 a.m. to noon, set-up and contestant escorts: Five people are needed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for sales and help counting ballots for People's Choice Awards. For information, …

  3. Times recommends: Komninos, Irizarry for Pinellas County judge


    Pinellas voters face two races for county court judge in the Aug. 30 primary election. County judges hear minor criminal and civil cases. The races are nonpartisan and open to all voters. Dora Komninos Group 8 …

    The Times recommends Dora Komninos, left, for Pinellas County judge Group 8, and Myriam Irizarry, right, for Group 9.
  4. Times recommends: Mike Twitty for Pinellas property appraiser


    Because of a terrible quirk in state law, the next Pinellas County property appraiser will be chosen only by Republicans in the Aug. 30 primary. The two candidates are Mike Twitty, a veteran appraiser in the private sector, and Jim Frishe, a former state legislator. There is no Democratic candidate, but the presence of a write-in candidate in November means only Republicans get to vote in a primary that should be open to all voters. Twitty is the clear choice. …

    Mike Twitty
  5. New crop of principals take the reins in Pinellas


    Elementary schools Azalea Michael Rebman, 39, was promoted from assistant principal to principal of Azalea. He launched his career in the Pinellas school district in 2005 and has also served as an assistant principal at Fairmount Park Elementary. Bear Creek …

    Harriet Davis, 62, principal of Lakewood Community School.
  6. Back to school: What you need to know in Pinellas


    Pinellas County parents can find back-to-school information at Here are a few important steps for families who are not yet registered: Getting started …

  7. 2016-17 Pinellas schools calendar


    Aug. 1-9: Teachers report for work. Aug. 10: All schools open. Classes begin for all pre-K and postsecondary schools. Sept. 5: Labor Day. No school for students, staff. Oct. 11: End of first quarter. Oct. 12*: No school for students. Teacher work day. Nov. 21-25*: Thanksgiving holiday. …

  8. Clearwater police plan cleanup day on Pinellas Trail


    CLEARWATER — Police will host a Neighborhood Cleanup Day along the Pinellas Trail on Saturday, and invite community members to join in sprucing up the area around the trail and in North Greenwood. …

  9. Pinellas news briefs


    MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL PHOTO HISTORY EXHIBIT: As part of the hospital's 100th Anniversary Celebration, Morton Plant Hospital has opened a photo history exhibit, "100 Years of Morton Plant Hospital," at the main branch of the Clearwater Public Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Clearwater.  …

  10. Work under way on next leg of Pinellas Trail


    I have heard that at long last, construction on the Duke Energy trail has finally started up. What is the expected completion date for this project? Bob Miller …

  11. Back-to-school events — Pinellas County


    Around the region Westshore Mall Back-to-School Fair …

    The Back to School Care Fair, organized by the Junior League of St. Petersburg, offers health and eye exams, immunizations and school supplies for children on Saturday.
  12. USF study: Pinellas County's 2014 sewage spill contained dangerous bacteria

    Bay Buzz

    (CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post said the sewer line break took place in St. Petersburg.)   Repeated sewage spills have an added public health threat, according to a new University of South Florida study: dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread with each spill. …

  13. Pinellas news briefs


    SURPLUS GOODS AUCTION: The city of St. Petersburg is selling a variety of surplus items, including church pews and a mahogany office desk, to the highest bidder during a public auction Saturday. The auction will be held at the St. Petersburg Consolidated Warehouse, in the Water Resources complex, 1650 Third Ave. N, at 10 a.m. Preview begins at 9 a.m. Prospective bidders may register with their driver's license at the auction.  …

  14. Pinellas brings back recess, but it won't be the same at all elementary schools


    When parents across the county joined others statewide to demand the return of daily recess in elementary schools, the Pinellas County school district responded with its own solution. …

    Responding to a push from parents, the Pinellas school district has mandated increased physical activity in elementary schools.
  15. Clerk complaint raises questions about Pinellas judicial candidate's demeanor in court


    For 11 years, Pinellas County judge candidate Curtis Korsko had an unblemished track record as a traffic hearing officer — until last year in May, when a clerk sent a scathing email to court officials. …

    Curtis Korsko is a Tampa civil litigation lawyer and a judicial candidate.
  16. Pinellas police leaders distance their departments from national tensions at Tiger Bay luncheon


    ST. PETERSBURG — In a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday about modern policing, three of Pinellas County's top law enforcement leaders sought to distance their departments from the violence and fractured race relations that have troubled authorities across the nation. …

    From left, St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter answer questions Wednesday at Tiger Bay.
  17. Pinellas Park Council talks property tax rate, money to charity during budget workshop

    Bay Buzz

    Council members gave the nod toward a lower property tax rate and increased donations to nonprofit organizations during a city budget workshop Tuesday night. …

  18. Police officers cleared in shooting that left man dead in Pinellas Park


    PINELLAS PARK — Two officers involved in a shooting that left a Pinellas Park man dead last month have been cleared and will return to duty, authorities said. …

  19. The DayStarter: Rising temps, Pinellas law enforcement leaders at Tiger Bay and a $36M transit decision


    Even though it probably feels like it can't get any hotter, high temperatures this week continue to rise into the mid 90s, with heat indices over 100 degrees. 10Weather WTSP reports there may be a few storms in the mid-afternoon hours, mostly inland. …

    The Sunshine State, according to a study released Wednesday by Climate Central, tops the nation in the number of metro areas expected to see a dangerous combination of heat and humidity, driving heat index temperatures to 104 degrees. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  20. Pinellas sheriff's deputy resigns hours after DUI arrest in Naples


    Times Staff Writer A Pinellas sheriff's deputy who was fired from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of driving while impaired eight years ago resigned Saturday after being accused once again of driving under the influence in Naples, authorities said. …

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