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School registration period begins soon

Parents of incoming kindergarten students or other children who will be new to Pinellas County schools in August 2007 can register their children at a Family Education and Information Center beginning Dec. 1.

The center will provide a student identification number that is required for the application process.

Parents interested in countywide magnet, fundamental and career academy programs for their children must apply between Jan. 15 and Feb. 3. Parents who apply during this period will know the results of the computer selection for those programs before the start of the choice application period.

Parents should use the automated phone system to apply and call into the system again to accept a program invitation during the Feb. 22-28 acceptance period.

Parents applying for choice attendance area schools must apply March 5-24. Parents need to apply for schools in their choice attendance area:

* If they have a child entering a public school for the first time in August, including all children entering kindergarten, new to the district or re-entering Pinellas schools.

* If those entering grades 6 or 9 are not eligible for or do not choose to use extended grandfathering.

* If they are applying to a different school in the attendance area.

Parents may contact a center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for information. Family Education and Information Centers are at 1101 Marshall St., Clearwater, 298-2858, and 3420 Eighth Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 552-1595. To research schools, visit www.pinellaschoice.org.

Foundation scholarship deadline is Dec. 15

Pinellas County Schools' high school seniors have until 5 p.m. Dec. 15 to apply for a Pinellas Education Foundation scholarship.

More than $400,000 in college and technical school scholarships are available, distributed by the foundation through more than 100 scholarship funds.

To submit an online application, visit www.PinellasEducation.org.Recipients will be notified by the foundation before graduation.

Starbucks takes part in school supply drive

Starbucks has partnered statewide with Take Stock in Children and the Doorways Scholarship Program to collect and distribute school supplies to public schools this year. The Holiday School Supply Drive will continue through Jan. 3. School supplies can be dropped off at any of Pinellas County's 20 Starbucks locations.

Food service division wins regional award

Pinellas County School Food Service has been selected as a U.S. Department of Agriculture Southeast Region recipient of a Best Practice Award in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points Food Safety Implementation Program.

The entry was judged the best among districts with an enrollment of 20,000 or more. Selection was based on innovation, cost effectiveness and presentation.

Principal of Our Savior wins the Eggers award

Jesse Crosmer, principal of Our Savior Lutheran School in St. Petersburg, has been named this year's recipient of the Ben Eggers Outstanding Educator Award.

The award is presented by the Lutheran Administrators' Association to a principal in Lutheran Schools of the Florida-Georgia District.

Crosmer, principal since 1993, was recognized for his leadership and service.

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