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USF needs a new president

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
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[ John Pendygraft, Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jul. 20

The University of South Florida needs a new president. Steve Currall, who came to Tampa from Southern Methodist University in Texas, didn’t have the staying power — or the popularity — of his predecessor, Judy Genshaft. His last day is Aug. 2, and trustees are preparing to conduct a search for his replacement. Read on for that story and more Florida education news.

Currall said he plans to stay at USF as an academic. His focus on research rather than community made his tenure less successful than some had hoped. Here’s a timeline of his two years leading the school.

More leadership news

A Hillsborough County parent accused superintendent Addison Davis of mismanaging district funds. An independent investigator found he did nothing wrong.

Flagler College is seeking a new permanent president. Former UNF president John Delaney will run the school in the meantime, the St. Augustine Record reports.

Coronavirus concerns

A new strain of the coronavirus is surging in Florida. Some school districts including Duval County are reconsidering their mask rules as a result, WJXT reports. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended masking all children in schools. The Centers for Disease Control has offered a conflicting recommendation, Florida Phoenix reports.

Jackson County has seen its positive cases increase. School district officials remain committed to holding in-person classes in the fall, WMBB reports.

School news

Schools are still hiring. The Martin County school district has 50 teaching vacancies remaining three weeks before the new school year, WPTV reports.

The Escambia County school district will move some elementary school start times. A lack of bus drivers is causing the change, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

The Cape Coral charter school district is short on money to pay for needed renovations. It wants the Lee County school district to help cover the costs, WINK reports.

Don’t miss a story. Here’s a link to yesterday’s roundup.

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