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.

New medical engineering lab a ‘shining example’ of teamwork at USF

Robert Frisina, chairman of the University of South Florida's department of medical engineering, is shown with a hearing device called a
Born out of a partnership between the colleges of engineering and medicine funded by “preeminence” money, the lab opens this week to provide students with hands-on research experience.

Building boom: Pinellas is spending millions to update nine schools around the county

Work continues on a $35 million “campus renewal” at Pinellas Park Middle. The school is one of nine campuses undergoing major improvements totaling $158 million throughout the Pinellas County school district. At Pinellas Park, aging buildings on the east side of campus were gutted so new classrooms could be built inside. One of the renovated buildings opened in the fall of 2018 and students moved into a second on Jan. 8, 2019. A new wing for exceptional education students, administrative offices and a media center will be complete within a few months. [Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]
With more than $158 million in projects under way or about to start, the Pinellas County school district is making what it says is an unprecedented push for improvements.

USF reviewing more than 30 resumes for president job

Les Muma, center, will lead the search to replace USF president Judy Genshaft, who is retiring next year. At right is Muma's wife, Pam. The three were celebrating the Mumas' gift to the USF business college in 2014. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
"All of you would be blown away at the quality of the resumes we are looking at," USF trustee Les Muma said, adding that some come from international applicants.

‘Several important’ decisions left to make before USF consolidates

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees discusses an update on the school's upcoming consolidation during a meeting Tuesday at USF St. Petersburg. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
A report by the Consolidation Implementation Committee notes multiple items still undecided as USF's March deadline to submit final plans looms.

Pinellas teachers reach tentative agreement on raises, working conditions
"Any time we improve our teachers' working conditions, we are improving our kids' learning conditions," the union president said. "I think the district started to understand that."