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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. A flag supporting President Donald Trump flutters near the University of Florida's Century Tower before an Oct. 10 appearance on campus by Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle. A controversy over the political nature of the event has led to calls for the impeachment of Student Body President Michael C. Murphy, who helped set it up.
    A push to oust Student Body President Michael Murphy comes after an email surfaces, suggesting he worked with the Trump campaign to bring a political speech to campus.
  2. Michael Joseph Psilakis Jr., a 21-year-old of Hudson, faces a charge of homicide in the death of a person found inside a burning vehicle Nov. 1.
    Michael Joseph Psilakis Jr., who Pasco County deputies declined to call a suspect one week ago, is now charged in the death of a person found inside a burning vehicle.
  3. Shown here are photographs of damaged parking meters along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Those responsible for the damage were arrested Friday evening, according to city police.
    Three times in two weeks, police found city parking meters damaged with foam. Now a man and woman are in custody on felony charges.
  4. Rebecca Lavin-Burgher suffered a fatal fall at Eckerd College the morning of her graduation in May 2018. Now her mother is suing the school, alleging a "culture of drinking and drugs" on the St. Petersburg campus is to blame.
    The mother of Rebecca Lavin-Burgher makes the claim in a lawsuit. Her daughter died in 2018 after falling from a ladder inside Eckerd’s theater.
  5. In this undated photo from the Tampa Bay Times archives, Betty Jean Miller sits at her desk in the newsroom. Mrs. Miller was a columnist and staff writer for the Evening Independent and the St. Petersburg Times for nearly 30 years.
    A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she reported on community events in her hometown. Mrs. Miller died last week at age 88.
  6. Adjunct faculty at St. Petersburg College voted to unionize Tuesday, joining thousands of other adjuncts across Florida who are fighting for better working conditions and pay. [Times]
    The employees are the seventh group in Florida to join Service Employees International Union in recent yeas as it pushes for investment in the state’s higher education institutions.
  7. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    Legislators who were critical of the original plan say a new approach revealed Thursday is more in line with their expectations.
  8. La Universidad del Sur de Florida reveló un nuevo plan para la consolidación de la escuela el jueves por la mañana. A diferencia del primer plan presentado en septiembre, promete un alto nivel de autoridad a los líderes en los campus de San Petersburgo, que se muestran aquí, y Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Veces]
    Una propuesta del presidente de USF Steve Currall y dos cancilleres regionales mantendría un fuerte liderazgo sobre lo académico y el gasto en los tres campus de USF.
  9. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    A new proposal also aims to strengthen programs at the university’s St. Petersburg and Sarasota locations.
  10. In this image from a Pinellas County school district video, former School Board member Lee Benjamin motions to someone he knows while sitting with family members during at 2013 ceremony to name the Northeast High School gymnasium in his honor. Mr. Benjamin was the school's first basketball coach in 1954 and later became Northeast's principal in a long career with Pinellas schools that included 14 years on the School Board. He died Wednesday at age 92.
    A teacher, coach and principal at Northeast High, he rose to district administrator and served on the School Board. Mr. Benjamin died Wednesday at age 92.