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.

Plato Academy Schools severs ties with management company

Plato Academy Clearwater, shown here, and eight other Plato schools in the Tampa Bay area have severed ties with management company Superior Schools. [Times, 2014]
The news comes less than a year after the companyís CEO died suddenly while vacationing in Costa Rica.

Proposed Pinellas County vegan charter school wonít be all vegan

King Charter School wants to open in Pinellas County as the nation's first vegan public school. [Photo from King Charter School Facebook page]
Federal food guidelines are standing in the way.

Experts urge caution as Florida lawmakers push to make college president searches more secret

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would largely shield president searches at state universities and colleges from public view. The Univerity of South Florida, pictured here, has been criticized for its lack of transparency in finding its new president, Steve Currall, who will take over for retiring leader Judy Genshaft on July 1. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
The public would have less insight into how Florida colleges and universities hire presidents if HB7115 becomes law.

USF trustees elect Jordan Zimmerman board chairman

Jordan Zimmerman, right, was selected by fellow University of South Florida officials Monday to replace Brian Lamb as chairman of the USF board of trustees. [Times, 2015]
He replaces Brian Lamb, who was tapped by Gov. Ron DeSantis to join the State University Systemís Board of Governors last week.

State confirms USF president pick Steve Currall

JAMES BORCHUCK | TimesSteve Currall is shown interviewing to be the University of South Florida's next president. He was picked for the job March 22, and today state leaders confirmed his appointment.
Currall will replace longtime USF president Judy Genshaft on July 1.