Pinellas education news: Licensed practical nurses needed, fall classes at SPC and more

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
The Pinellas County school district is looking for licensed practical nurses to staff school clinics and work with registered nurses. Applicants can call (727) 588-6320. [Times (2002)]
The Pinellas County school district is looking for licensed practical nurses to staff school clinics and work with registered nurses. Applicants can call (727) 588-6320. [Times (2002)]
Published July 5

Licensed practical nurses sought for Pinellas schools

The Pinellas County school district is looking for licensed practical nurses to staff school clinics and work with registered nurses. Applicants must be high school graduates or have a GED, they must be certified in CPR, must pass a Level II background check and have a clean license from the Florida Board of Nursing. For more information, call (727) 588-6320.

SPC events help students prepare for fall term

St. Petersburg College will host “Get it Done,” a countywide open house event where new and returning students can meet with staff to wrap up preparations for the fall term. The event is from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at these campus locations: Clearwater, 2465 Drew St.; downtown, 244 Second Ave. N, St Petersburg; Midtown, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; Seminole, 9200 113th St. N; St. Petersburg/Gibbs, 6605 Fifth Ave. N; and Tarpon Springs, 600 Klosterman Road. Attendees can speak with an advisor, get financial aid help, meet with a career specialist, attend an orientation, and register and pay for classes. For those who can’t attend, career and academic advisors, financial aid counselors and others are available in live interactive sessions, where participants are asked to RSVP. For more information, visit

Programs at several schools seek to engage struggling students

The Pinellas County school district’s Educational Alternative Services Department will offer new and recurring programs in the upcoming school year for students who need additional support. The department serves students who have previously been retained or are in danger of being retained, have a GPA under 2.0, have struggled with standardized testing, or have attendance issues. The programs include: a business technology and culinary program at Clearwater Intermediate School (Call 727-298-1616 for information); a new cosmetology program at Lealman Innovation Academy to go with the school’s existing programs in building construction, culinary arts and business education (727-528-5802); a program at Blanton Elementary called Alpha 4.5, allowing students to complete fourth and fifth grades in one school year (727-547-7508); programs offering drone, nail and facial specialist and culinary arts training at Bayside High (727-507-4730); training programs at Pinellas Gulf Coast Academy and Disston Academy for drone pilots, 911 operators, facial specialists, smart home technology installation and culinary arts. Call (727) 474-8836 for the Gulf Coast programs and (727) 893-1115 for the programs at Disston.

Students invited to free digital media clinics in July

The Pinellas County school system will host a series of free clinics on digital media skills for middle and high school students. The goal is push students to the limit with hands-on instruction in design, writing, photography, leadership, web and multimedia skills. It’s also an opportunity to improve a student’s knowledge and skill level in digital cameras, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign, writing for the web and more. Participants will get to interview real people and tell their stories in a compelling multimedia format. The sessions, to be held at John Hopkins Middle School, will be presented by local media professionals and are scheduled for July 9, July 16, July 18 and July 31. For more information, email Crystal Pruitt, coordinator for the Centers for Journeys in Journalism and Multimedia Studies, at For additional information or to register, click here.

Honors and awards

Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego has been selected to receive the Education Leadership Award from the Hispanic Education Collation of Palm Beach County for promoting educational equity for Hispanic/Latino students. … Becky Bride of Palm Harbor University High has been selected as one of three state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has taught mathematics in the district for 32 years, was department chair of mathematics at Palm Harbor University High for 18 years, and teaches in the International Baccalaureate program. … Brian Huang of Dunedin Highland Middle School earned an Award of Merit for Music Composition for his work titled Slow Down. His music and works by other award winners will be featured in the National PTA Reflections traveling exhibit, Heroes Around Me. … Seminole Middle School recently was presented with the Promising Practices Award at the Florida Character Education Conference. The award recognizes the practice of Character Circles, which allow students to apply the school’s core character traits through rich and reflective conversations.

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