Megan Reeves, Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

Megan Reeves

Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

I write about K-12 schools in Pinellas County, the University of South Florida and how state education policy affects them both. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and will likely never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. Now, I can be found thrifting along Central Avenue, snuggling with my cat, Fran, in my mid-century living room or having coffee at my favorite spot: Black Crow in the Old Northeast. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

USF marine science dean to leave, return to research and teaching

Jacqueline Dixon is leaving her role as dean of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science. She will return to research and teaching June 30. [Courtesy Aimee Blodgett]
Jacqueline Dixon announced the move Monday. Now the college is looking for her replacement.

A St. Pete College institute focused on public policy is without a director. What's next?

St. Petersburg College campus in Midtown. [Times, 2015]
David Klement's contract was non-renewed May 9. He says the college's reasons for letting him go are bogus.

A deputy taunted an autistic student. Now the boy’s dad is suing Pinellas schools and sheriff.

In this image from a video released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in August 2017, Ural Darling, right, a long-time school resource officer at Osceola Middle School, escorts student Evan Dowdey down a hallway at the school on May 15, 2017 after the boy was removed from his classroom for throwing a book. The boy, who was 13 at the time, is autistic and has the cognitive and communication ability of a much younger child. Darling was fired after an investigation. Now the boy's family is suing the school district and the Sheriff's Office. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
The student was berated by a school resource officer in 2017. He has suffered emotional trauma since, the lawsuit states.

The next Hillsborough superintendent: Who’s on the short list?

The Hillsborough County School Board will need to find a replacement for superintendent Jeff Eakins, far left, as he has opted to let his contract expire in June 2020. [HCPS]
A national search does not preclude an insider or a local candidate from sealing the deal.

New Florida law granting amnesty to underage drinkers takes effect July 1

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]
Lawmakers and education officials say the legislation will save lives.