Marlene Sokol, Hillsborough Schools Reporter

Marlene Sokol

Hillsborough Schools Reporter

I’ve been a journalist since 1983 at newspapers all over Florida. After 15 years as an editor in the Tampa suburbs I was assigned to cover the Hillsborough public school system, the same one that gave my two children a great education. That last part didn't happen by itself. I was an active volunteer and believe schools should accommodate parents' busy schedules. I’m not a fan of the 3 p.m. parent conference or 10 a.m. PTA meeting! On weekends I play tennis and volunteer at a youth soccer program. Call or email me with your tips about the schools. I use Facebook for family and Twitter for self-promotion. But I prefer my conversations one-on-one.

Gradebook podcast: Teachers are being ‘voluntold’ to do extra? Are schools taking advantage of them?

Teachers and Hillsborough County School District officials at contract negotiations on May 23, 2018. For the union: Cherie Miller, Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, Jean Clements, Lindsesy Blankenbaker. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
The Hillsborough County Classroom Teachers Association says ‘yes.’

Early stats show Hillsborough traditional schools losing to charters

An empty classroom at Bloomingdale High School in Hillsborough County. Skip O'Rourke  |  Skip O'Rourke
More information will be available in September.

Principal changes in Hillsborough

Tony Saladino and Russell Wallace at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting, Aug. 20, 2019. Wallace was named principal of Kenly Elementary School. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times ] Marlene Sokol | Times
TAMPA -- Russell Wallace has returned to the rank of principal, chosen Tuesday to lead Kenly Elementary School.He replaces Carissa Spires, 48, who is being transferred to Graham...

Hillsborough Schools to become more community-focused

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesThird graders walk to their desks in front of a mural painted by artist Eric Hornsby, in teacher Yobi Reyes' classroom, on August 27, 2018 at Mort Elementary in Tampa, Fla.  Monica Herndon  |  Tampa Bay Times
The school board will vote on a research-based approach.

More Hillsborough policies will be discussed on Tuesday

Hillsborough County School Board members conduct the early part of their board meeting in a workshop format, without cameras. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Meeting without cameras, the School Board will discuss everything from teacher incentives to community schools.