Marlene Sokol, Hillsborough Schools Reporter

Marlene Sokol

Hillsborough Schools Reporter

I’ve been a journalist since 1983 at newspapers all over Florida. After 15 years as an editor in the Tampa suburbs I was assigned to cover the Hillsborough public school system, the same one that gave my two children a great education. That last part didn't happen by itself. I was an active volunteer and believe schools should accommodate parents' busy schedules. I’m not a fan of the 3 p.m. parent conference or 10 a.m. PTA meeting! On weekends I play tennis and volunteer at a youth soccer program. Call or email me with your tips about the schools. I use Facebook for family and Twitter for self-promotion. But I prefer my conversations one-on-one.

Details emerge as investigations clear Susan Valdes

Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa [The Florida Channel]
State ethics investigators dug into child care and computer purchase issues, finding no probable cause of wrongdoing.

Hillsborough school board takes first steps to find next superintendent

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins talks at One Buc Place in August 2018. He will retire when his contract ends a year from now. But the school board must start searching for his replacement. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
A search could take six months. But other school boards are also looking for a new leader.

Hillsborough School Board will turn cameras on for two important workshops

Hillsborough County School Board meeting [OCTAVO JONES | Times]
Viewers can see the action on the website or TV

Hillsborough teacher pay could get a new look

Hillsborough schools employee relations manager Mark West, human resources chief Marie Whelan, deputy superintendent Chris Farkas and assistant superintendent Tracye Brown at teacher union negotiations. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Teachers and administrators want to arrive at a more competitive starting pay.

Principal moves in Hillsborough

Robert Stingone is the principal of Eisenhower Middle School. [HCPS]
One principal is promoted, three transferred out of their positions.