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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. Florida Department of Transportation workers inspect damage to the Interstate 175 overpass at Sixth Street S caused by a roll-off dumpster truck that left its hydraulic arm upright, according to St. Petersburg police. The incident sent concrete falling onto Sixth Street S below.
    Sixth Street S from Fourth Avenue S to Fifth Avenue S will be closed for up to three weeks for repairs, state officials say.
  2. A view of the student center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where opposition is mounting over a plan to consolidate USF's three campuses. Some state lawmakers are opposed to parts of it that would concentrate authority over academic decisions in Tampa.
    They say the proposal by USF president Steve Currall conflicts with a new Florida law by giving too much authority to the Tampa campus.
  3. The Pinellas County School Board meets on Sept. 10, 2019 to approve its budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Board members voted unanimously for a $1.6 billion budget that locked in a tax rate of $6.58 for every $1,000 of assessed taxable property value — about 2 percent lower than the previous year.
    Some residents could still pay more due to the county’s rising property values.
  4. University of South Florida president Steve Currall, pictured earlier this year, presented a plan Tuesday for consolidating the school's three now-separate campuses. While his presentation answered some questions, it also added to concerns among faculty at USF's St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
    Under a preliminary plan by president Steve Currall, USF’s three campuses would share some roles. But academic decisions would be based in Tampa.
  5. Northeast High School in St. Petersburg.
    School administrators heard about the gun from an anonymous tipster, then informed St. Petersburg police.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday holds a University of Florida football jersey with his name on it following his announcement the school's rise to No. 7 in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report list of top public schools. (University of Florida)
    USF made the top 50 while UF ranked No. 7 on a list of America’s top public colleges and universities.
  7. Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg will host its third annual college fair for black students next week. Last year's event, shown here, drew more than 600 people.
    This year is the first time the St. Petersburg event will stretch over multiple days.
  8. From left, Gio Ortiz, 7, Xavier Bridges, 10, and Fritzcar Pierre, 11, play a game of bocce ball at the Port Tampa Community Center in Tampa on Tuesday. The center was one of several locations where the city of Tampa offered a free "Non-School Day Camp" for kids affected by Hurricane Dorian. The storm's position off Florida's east coast prompted Hillsborough Schools and other local school districts to cancel classes Tuesday.
    Preparing for the storm was a huge task, school leaders say, even though the bay area was spared.
  9. Hernando County Sheriff's Office  DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
    A man and woman were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
  10. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and developments.
    A minivan collided with Keysean Jeremiah Williams on State Road 54.