LARGO — Principals at three of five failing elementary schools will be replaced at the end of the school year, the latest of several major steps being taken to transform the south St. Petersburg campuses, superintendent Mike Grego announced late Tuesday.
Melrose, the lowest-performing elementary school in Florida, will get a new principal. So will Campbell Park and Fairmount Park. No decision has been made about the principals at Maximo and Lakewood....
You know the old adage that, before you leave the house, you should remove one accessory? Well, throw out grandma's ring AND toss those bracelets in the gutter, because you're about to arm yourself with America's favorite accessory: free Kahwa coffee.
In honor of Kahwa's 10th anniversary, the beloved local coffee purveyor is holding a "10 Days of Kahwa" celebration with new deals and surprises announced every day....
ST. PETERSBURG — Black leaders on Wednesday vented frustration at being left out of new proposals to aid St. Petersburg's black students and failing schools, but said they welcomed the spotlight that has been cast on the problem.
They said that a revolving cast of district officials have come before, with promises and plans but little change.
"We've had conversations with people who preceded you and here we are having it again," said Goliath Davis, a former police chief and deputy mayor, during a packed meeting of the Concerned Organization for Quality Education for Black Students. ...
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday opened a civil rights investigation into whether the Pinellas County School District systematically discriminates against black children, the agency said.
The review will determine if Pinellas is denying black children access to the courses and special programs they need to be successful in high school and after graduation.
It also will assess whether the district is denying black children access to quality teachers, school leaders and support staff, an education department official told the Tampa Bay Times....
TALLAHASSEE — Last school year, as it's well known, the quarterback of Florida State University's football team was investigated after a classmate accused him of rape. A defensive end was accused of filming the act; a cornerback, of looking on.
So when the university announced in February the launch of a new, mandatory leadership course for freshmen athletes, promising to help them "make the most of their college years and grow into well-rounded adults," it was not surprising that one of the first courses would discuss sexual assault. ...
Pinellas school officials held a community forum at Lakewood High School last night, where they shared details of a proposed plan to transform the five struggling schools in south St. Petersburg.
Notably, Antonio Burt, director of school leadership, said teachers could make up to $25,000 more next year under a plan to extend the school day, increase merit pay and add professional development days....
I have bad vision like the pope has religion.
When I don't have contacts or glasses in, I can't tell that the people around me are human. I have mistaken a laptop bag for my dog. If my glasses fall off my nightstand, it can take several minutes before I find them on the floor. Sometimes my laptop bag/dog finds them first.
So on days when I want to wear my glasses but also put on makeup, everything is a nightmare, because I can't see my face as I am applying makeup....
ST. PETERSBURG — Teachers and administrators at five struggling elementary schools stand to make up to $25,000 more next year, one of several major reforms proposed to transform the south St. Petersburg campuses, Pinellas County schools officials said Tuesday night.
These educators would have to reinterview for their jobs at Campbell Park, Fairmount Park, Lakewood, Maximo and Melrose elementaries as district leaders look to recruit top talent from other areas of the county and outside its borders....
The director of the University of South Florida's advertising and communications school was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a report emerged that he had intimate relations with three students at his previous job at Texas Tech University.
According to a Texas Tech report, Samuel Bradley admitted in 2009 to exchanging sexual text messages with a graduate student and kissing her. Married at the time, Bradley promised he would stop the relationship. But it and two others, including one with an undergraduate, continued through at least August 2012....
The University of South Florida paid a former athletic director and assistant football coach $626,000 more than the state's legal limit for compensation, according to a report released Wednesday by Florida's auditor general.
In 2014, USF paid former athletic director Doug Woolard $610,000 — $100,000 more than Woolard's annual salary and $415,000 beyond what the director should have legally received, according to the audit....
TAMPA — They had been in the car for nearly two hours, and their two young children were in the back seat. So when Matt Smith and his wife pulled up to MacDill Air Force Base for its AirFest 2016 celebration Saturday, only to find the gates of the base being shut, they were not pleased.
"The good part is we brought some Goldfish crackers and snacks, and we plied them with food," said Smith, 39, who tried another entrance before giving up on AirFest and driving his toddlers back to St. Petersburg....
I have given up apologizing for watching The Bachelor, you hear me? Too many of my smartest, classiest female friends watch it and enjoy it for me to feel the need to defend it as good television. Also, have you ever even seen it, Becky? WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE. #thehillshaveeyes
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, I want to tell you about a bout of déjà vu I had when watching the finale on Monday. Ben Higgins, the bachelor in question, popped the question to his season-long frontrunner, flight attendant Lauren Bushnell....
Under Florida law, foster children who are admitted to a public state college or university are entitled to free tuition. But a Board of Governors has limited those students to a 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree, frustrating those foster students who take longer to graduate, or who want to pursue graduate-level courses.
The Tampa Bay Times reported in January that the Board of Governors had quietly told state universities to ignore its rule after lawyers on behalf of two students filed a petition against the Board. Legislation seeking to nullify the regulation was dropped after the Board committed to examine it....
When you're sick, the weather's bad, or you're just still bummed about Amy Poehler's marriage not working out, there's nothing like comfort food: mac and cheese, soup, chocolate cake, etc.
Getting dressed this morning, I realized I have "comfort clothes." That even when it's pretty warm out, if it's raining and gross and Monday, all I want to do is burrow into soft pants and a big sweater....
TAMPA — Judy Genshaft's status as one of the top-paid public university presidents in the country was preserved Thursday morning as the University of South Florida's Board of Trustees approved a hefty raise in her new contract.
Under the one-year deal, Genshaft's base salary would become $493,500, a 5 percent bump. But with a bonus based on performance, and deferred compensation, Genshaft could make up to $867,200, an 8.2 percent increase over what she stands to make this year....