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From left are Marion County area superintendent Ann Hembrook, Pinellas County associate superintendent Kevin Hendrick and Denver Public Schools deputy superintendent Michael Ramirez. The Pinellas County School Board on April 20, 2022, selected the three as finalists to replace outgoing superintendent Mike Grego.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Moez Limayem will be UNF’s seventh president, subject to approval by the state Board of Governors.
Those three reviewers were all linked to conservative political circles.
The two-story school and 48,000-square-foot YMCA facility is projected to open in 2024.

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  1. From left are Marion County area superintendent Ann Hembrook, Pinellas County associate superintendent Kevin Hendrick and Denver Public Schools deputy superintendent Michael Ramirez. The Pinellas County School Board on April 20, 2022, selected the three as finalists to replace outgoing superintendent Mike Grego.
  2. Students from Pinellas County private schools are graduating this month along with their peers in area public schools.
  3. Seniors applaud at the conclusion of the Star-Spangled Banner during Pinellas Park High School's graduation ceremony at Tropicana Field in 2019. Ceremonies for the Class of 2022 begin Thursday at the Trop, where all but three Pinellas high schools will hold their commencements.
  4. Moez Limayem, longtime dean of USF's Muma College of Business, was selected as the University of North Florida's seventh president.
  5. For more than 40 years, the 500 block of 62nd Avenue NE in St. Petersburg was home to Riviera Middle School. The school closed in 2008 and was razed the following year. Now Pinellas school officials will use the parcel for a joint school and YMCA facility. [Times (2009)]
  6. The Pinellas County school district and the St. Petersburg YMCA have proposed a partnership middle school on 62nd Avenue NE, at the site of the old Riviera Middle School. This is an artist's rendering of the school from an aerial perspective.
  7. Ajori Spencer chats with Ann Hembrook who is a finalist for the job of Pinellas Schools Superintendent as her husband Steve Hembrook watches on during a meet and greet at Pinellas County School District headquarters on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Largo.
  8. The entrance to Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo, where the School Board will meet on May 17, 2022, to choose a new superintendent.
  9. One of the math books that have been flagged by the state of Florida for inappropriate content pictured in the Tampa Bay Times studio on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  10. Philanthropist Jeffrey Walker, center, joins students rehearsing for the Walker’s Rising Stars competition at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday, May 12, 2022. From left are Megan Bishop, Kiley Campbell, Christy Do, Luna Garcia, Walker, Pinellas Education Foundation CEO Stacy Baier, Meghan McMillin, Charlie Lane, Sophia Sapienza and Afeiyah Kamall.
  11. Tyler Dumouchel, 5, is pictured playing May 6 at We Rock the Spectrum Playground in Clearwater. Tyler is autistic and the indoor gym is a safe space for him to run around. Some Florida parents complain that they have to wait months for their children to get diagnosed with autism, which then delays needed therapies.
  12. Rob Ferl, left, and Anna-Lisa Paul look at plates containing plants grown in samples of soil collected from the moon.
  13. A Clockwork Orange, The Bluest Eye and The Awakening are three of several books conservative groups have tried to get removed from Florida public schools as containing pornographic material.
  14. Students wearing mask as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus line up to receive KN95 protective masks at Camden High School in Camden, N.J., on Feb. 9. U.S. COVID-19 cases are up, leading a smattering of school districts, particularly in the Northeast, to bring back mask mandates and recommendations for the first time since the omicron winter surge ended and as the country approaches 1 million deaths in the pandemic.
  15. Students protest at Gaither High in Tampa against Florida's 'parental rights in education" bills, which critics called the "Don't say gay" proposals, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. The measures, now law, face a legal challenge.
  16. The construction of Sumner High School near homes in the Southfork Lakes subdivision, Riverview, is shown in March 2020. Earlier this school year, the school already was 700 students over capacity. Tuesday, Hillsborough commissioners approved rezoning land in Wimauma that could pave the way for three new schools to be built.
  17. April Gillyard, photographed in 2019 in the Memorial Middle cafeteria, is returning to the school as principal for the coming year.
  18. NorthStar Academy of Pinellas is a charter school in St. Petersburg. The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday gave the school a 90-day notice that it planned to terminate the school's contract, citing financial and enrollment issues.
  19. Sandy Lane Elementary School in Clearwater is one of several Pinellas County schools getting a new principal for 2022-23.
  20. fter an outcry from students and parents over yearbook censorship, a Florida school board overruled their superintendent’s plan to cover up a page showing students waving rainbow flags and a “love is love” sign during a walkout against the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law. This photo shows a protest in Hillsborough County.
  21. A view from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  campus in front of the USF St. Pete University Student Center on Monday, March 21, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  22. Hillsborough County's private-school graduates will join their peers from area public schools in celebration over the next few weeks.
  23. Graduates take their seats during Durant High School's 2019 commencement at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Graduation season for Hillsborough County's Class of 2022 will run from May 17-28 this year, with most ceremonies scheduled for the Fairgrounds.
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