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.

Federal workers in Hillsborough can request free school lunch for their children
Even though the partial shutdown might be short-lived, school officials want to make sure children are fed.

In their own words: Excerpts from finalists’ essays for Hillsborough’s Excellence in Education awards

Bonnie Bresnyan, right, Hillsborough County School District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, is introduced by former student David Soto, center, during last year’s Excellence in Education Awards. This year’s leading support employee, diversity employee and Teacher of the Year will be named Jan. 24. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times]
Winners in three categories, chosen from among 686 nominees, will be named at a banquet on Jan. 24.

Smith Middle School AP is promoted to Principal

Robert Kleesattel is the new principal of Smith Middle School in Citrus Park. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
The assistant principal was a favorite among parents at the Citrus Park school.

Hillsborough School Board will vote on policy changes

Kaneshia Williams teaches reading at Sheehy Elementary School, one of 50 Achievement Schools in Hillsborough County. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Everything from employee free speech to how to name schools is up for a vote

Smith Middle School will get a new principal

Sharing a campus with Citrus Park Elementary School, Smith Middle will receive a new principal on Tuesday. [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times]
The appointment is part of Tuesday’s Hillsborough County School Board agenda.