TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School.
Superintendent MaryEllen Elia promised an auditorium full of drivers that, subject to a School Board vote, they will all get pay raises.
New transportation general manager Jim Beekman spoke of service, quoting Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....
Jim Beekman, 53, just wrapped up his first week as the head of transportation for the Hillsborough County School District. He has read some, but not all of the media reports about last year's worker complaints. He has ideas for fixing the driver shortage and says kids are far safer on a bus than in their parents' cars. Here are excerpts from a recent interview he gave to Tampa Bay Times education writer Marlene Sokol....
TAMPA — Seeking to round up every last conservative vote in his bid for a Hillsborough County School Board seat, Terry Kemple has issued a point-by-point comparison that shows he is farther to the right than insurance agent Melissa Snively, his opponent in District 4.
She's not even a longtime Republican, Kemple is telling voters. She was a Democrat, then changed parties in 2012, kind of a reverse Charlie Crist....
With the elections just over two weeks away, school board primary candidates have been stating their preferences for those who made the runoff.Paula Meckley, who got 17,050 votes in countywide District 6, is endorsing Dipa Shah over ...10/17/14 Blog
Since early 2013 the White House has been making money available to reduce gun violence, and $7.5 million of it is on its way to Hillsborough County.The district was awarded two grants, each totaling $3,750,000 under President Obama's Now Is ...10/16/14Kyc
School Board | District 2
Michelle Popp Shimberg and Sally Harris are vying for a seat that will be vacated by longtime member Candy Olson. Both have been active school and community volunteers, and Harris also has experience teaching and running a preschool and child care center. This is Shimberg's first try for public office and Harris' second. By Marlene Sokol, Times staff writer...10/16/14Kyc
School Board | District 4
Melissa Snively, running for the first time, is up against Terry Kemple, who is running for the third time. Both have business backgrounds, are politically conservative and oppose Common Core. Snively is former chairwoman of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Kemple heads up the Community Issues Council and has been at the forefront of Christian conservative issues in Hillsborough. By Marlene Sokol, Times staff writer...10/16/14Kyc
School Board | District 6
Brandon attorney Dipa Shah hopes to unseat April Griffin, who is running for her third term. Shah beat out six other contenders in the primary. Originally from India by way of suburban Pennsylvania, she has two school-aged sons and pledges to take an analytical, solutions-driven approach to board business. Griffin, whose passions include career education, prides herself on holding the administration accountable on issues including transportation and special education. By Marlene Sokol, Times staff writer...10/15/14K12
TAMPA — Half the faculty at New Springs Elementary School are first-year teachers.
Not a single student tested proficient in math at King's Kids Academy of Health Sciences.
At Community Charter School of Excellence, a quarter of third-graders could not advance to fourth grade last year. The year before, it was closer to one-third.
"The numbers don't lie. They show us that the school is sick and it needs help," Community's new principal, Matthew Torano, said....10/15/14 Blog
Jim Beekman, 53, is in his first week as head of transportation for the Hillsborough County school district. He’s read some, but not all of the media reports about last year’s worker complaints. He has ideas for curing the driver shortage and says kids are far safer on a bus than in their parents’ cars. These are excerpts from a question-and-answer session he had on Monday, his first day....10/14/14 Blog
Dave McMeen is the new principal of Kimbell Elementary School and Gaye Holt is the new principal of Hunter's Green Elementary. The Hillsborough County School Board approved the two appointments at its meeting Tuesday.
McMeen, 47, is moving over from Hunter's Green. He's been with the school district since 1995. He worked at Palm River, Northwest and McDonald elementary schools before he joined Hunter's Green....10/13/14K12
TAMPA — As head of transportation for the Hillsborough County School District, Jim Beekman is taking over a department that in recent months was racked with worker unrest.
But he's been there before. In Osceola County, there were racial tensions after his assistant was demoted, missing inventory and allegations against him that turned out to be unfounded.
In Orange County he took over a system that, he said, had a "lack of credibility with the community." But he said Monday, "We got that turned around quite a bit." ...10/13/14 Blog
If a memo went out saying Hillsborough County School Board candidate Michelle Shimberg has enough money, Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda didn't get one.
Neither did retired University of South Florida President Betty Castor, Lisa DeBartolo or the real estate industry's political action committee.
Their combined generosity in just one week brought $8,000 into a campaign that is already beyond healthy, at $136,699.
Not far behind in what has become a veritable arms race is Dipa Shah with $126,835.
While seemingly hesitant at first to showcase her Indian heritage, Shah posted an article to her campaign Facebook page entitled: Why Microsoft and Everyone Else Loves Indian CEO's.
It leads with Satya Nadella, who made headlines of a different kind when he apologized for suggesting publicly that women should not ask for raises....10/13/14 Blog
Seeking to round up every last conservative vote in his bid for a Hillsborough County School Board seat, Terry Kemple issued a point-by-point comparison that shows he is farther to the right than insurance agent Melissa Snively, his opponent in District 4.
She's not even a longtime Republican, Kemple is telling voters. She was a Democrat, then changed parties in 2012, kind of a reverse Charlie Crist....10/10/14K12
TAMPA — Hillsborough County School Board contender Dipa Shah promises to bring "a professional and respectful manner" to the work of running the nation's eighth-largest school district.
But incumbent April Griffin says a campaign attack by Shah is anything but.
A full-color flier features a picture of a crying child, accuses Griffin of having "temper tantrums" and asks voters to send her "to time out."...