Megan Reeves - Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

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. Phone: (352) 754-6116

  1. The area will be closed to drivers headed north and south from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. through Friday.
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
    A man university police believe was target shooting near campus was not located, the university said.
  3. Cocoa Police Department video shows A.J. Plonsky being taken to a mental health facility under the Florida Baker Act on his first day of middle school, August 10, 2018.
    Never intended to be used on children, the 1970s law in increasingly applied in schools.
  4. Six of the 11 Pinellas County Head Start preschool centers found to have mold problems earlier this month are still closed. A few more could reopen next week, but some could be closed longer.
    Five of the 11 affected locations have reopened, but hundreds of children can’t go back to their preschool yet.
  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee in October. On Monday, he announced refunds for 224,000 Florida Prepaid accounts.
    Those who overpaid will receive a total of $500 million in refunds. The average payout will be $4,700.
  6. During a news conference Tuesday at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, state Sen. Darryl Rouson announced his push for Senate Bill 1000, which would establish a special program for art students. A companion bill in the House has been filed by state Rep. Ben Diamond.
    The legislation proposes creation of the Florida Seal of Fine Arts Program, starting in the fall.
  7. A lineman with Service Electric Co., a subcontractor with Duke Energy, works on a project at a Duke substation Tuesday. This is one of three substations which had problems Tuesday morning that left about 34,000 Pinellas County customers without power for one hour and 40 minutes.
    People in a large swath from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood were without power.
  8. Nicholas Souder is seen his workshop in 2010 while constructing the Epiphany Celebration cross. This year marks a decade since his grandfather, who made the cross for 40 years, passed down the honor of the tradition.
    The late Bill Paskalakis made the cross for 40 years, then passed the tradition to his grandson, Nicholas Souder. The grandson just made his 10th cross for Epiphany.
  9. Sarah Danielle Loria, 20, faces two counts of aggravated child abuse, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    The infant, less than six months old, is the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  10. Mold has been found in 11 of Pinellas County's Head Start centers, causing at least a week delay to the start of school after Christmas break. [Screenshot, Google Maps]
    The centers are located throughout Pinellas County, from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs.