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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. School employees Jarvis Delon West, left, and Dontae Antonio Thomas, right, were both arrested in connection with the assault and injury of a 12-year-old boy who attended AMIkids in Pinellas Park. The state shut the school down.
  2. Jarvis Delon West was arrested for child neglect after failing to report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police
  3. Patrick Suiters, 10, left, and Gabriel Stanford, 9, both fourth-graders at San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin, fill out a survey after tasting falafel tots and nuggets during the 2nd Annual Student Food Connection taste test at Pinellas Technical College. About 120 students tasted and rated 28 new food items that could be added to school breakfast and lunch menus next year.
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  5. Jarvis Delon West was arrested on child neglect charges after he didn't report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police.
  6. Nadia King, 6, is smiles for a photo. The special-needs student was taken from school Feb. 4 and placed in a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act, and now her mother and a team of attorneys are asking why.
  7. A school threat circulating among students and parents in East Lake and Tarpon Springs originated in Texas on Snapchat, authorities said.
  8. Orlando high school student Yomar Fontanez is shown rapping in a music video he released Wednesday to commemorate the victims of the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
  9. Lakewood Elementary School students and others pass the St. Petersburg school after being dismissed on Monday.
  10. From left, Nicholas Passero, 15, and Serene Sevilla, 14, both ninth-graders from Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, stain head board and foot board sections of beds at the school on Friday. They were among about 200 students who volunteered to help build 40 bunk beds for children in need across the county.
  11. Members of the student-led Men's Bathroom Choir pose outside the restroom where they practice and perform at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. The group started making videos of their work in the fall. They now have more than 1.2 million total views on YouTube.
  12. Fellow educators applaud in the background as David Martinez-Cooley, a music teacher at Leila Davis Elementary, crosses the stage to receive the Teacher of the Year award for Pinellas County Schools Wednesday night at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
  13. Pinellas high school students march alongside Lynda Blackmon Lowery, center, during Tuesday's Unity Walk in Clearwater to commemorate the iconic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. “Use your power," Lowery told the students. "Use your voice.”
  14. Alexander Bradford Jacobson, of Land O Lakes.
  15. This time last year, Nicole Kenngatt, holding hands with student Lilly Crandall, was announced as Teacher of the Year. The award for the 2019-20 school year will be given Wednesday in a ceremony at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
  16. In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
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A look at the progress of the overhead extension of the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.
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  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee in October. On Monday, he announced refunds for 224,000 Florida Prepaid accounts.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.