Following a two-year dry spell, the Pinellas County school district has received two applications to open charter schools in St. Petersburg.
Lighthouse Academies, a nonprofit charter chain with 16 schools in three states, according to its website, submitted an application to open an elementary school in south St. Petersburg. The school plans to open with 340 students next August and expand enrollment to 580 by 2022....
Following a two-year dry spell, the Pinellas County school district has received two new applications to open charter schools in St. Petersburg.
Lighthouse Academies, a charter school chain with 16 schools in three states, submitted an application to open an elementary school in the 33705 zip code in south St. Petersburg. Former Pinellas County School Board member Glen Gilzean sits on the charter's national board....
08/21/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Hunter Holland came to school Monday with a NASA space T-shirt and solar viewers in his button-up shirt pocket. But he'd rather be in Missouri.
The 16-year-old Shorecrest Preparatory School senior was ready to witness the first solar eclipse in his lifetime. As the co-president of the school's astronomy club, he excitedly gave a presentation to his classmates on what to expect that afternoon....
Principal Kristy Cantu pored over Sutherland Elementary's test scores last year, looking for trends.
She found one that schools nationwide grapple with: boys lagging behind girls in reading.
"It was noticeable enough that we wanted to address it," Cantu said.
Scores from the state's 2016 English language arts test showed a divide between boys and girls beginning in third grade, and the results from 2017 showed some gaps grew to almost 10 percentage points. ...
The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association says in its mission statement that it promotes solidarity and respect for the profession.
It represents roughly 7,800 teachers, half of whom pay $690 in annual dues. It negotiates fair pay and work conditions, and settles grievances on teachers' behalf — all with the goal of a happier workplace.
But the union's small staff is anything but happy right now, riven by a long-running dispute over pay, working conditions and the management style of PCTA president Mike Gandolfo, a former middle school teacher....
LARGO — Amid rising rates of food allergies and chronic diseases among students, the Pinellas County school district may get enough funding to staff a nurse in every school by 2021.
Sara O'Toole, the district's managing officer for school health services, told School Board members at a workshop Tuesday that funding from the Pinellas County Commission would cover the cost of a licensed practical nurse at every school and a registered nurse overseeing every 10 LPNs. ...
Pinellas bus driver says chemical smell caused her to drop kids off blocks away from school (w/video)08/15/17 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — Officials are investigating a Pinellas County school bus driver who made 24 students get off her bus 10 blocks from Lealman Innovation Academy on Tuesday morning. The driver told a dispatcher she suspected someone poured chemicals into the vehicle's engine, making her sick.
Angela Williams, 53, called 911 around 7:35 a.m. to report the chemical smell on her bus, also telling the dispatcher it had happened before and it wasn't being done by the students....
Here's what you need to know about the Pinellas County School Board workshop, which starts at 9 a.m. at 301 Fourth St SW in Largo. Check out the agenda and supplementary materials here.
- Nurses for all...
Years ago, Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick was an Advanced Placement teacher in southern Mississippi, tasked with teaching a college-level English class to high school students.
But when her gifted students struggled with the heightened demands, she didn't know what to do. She found that academic research overwhelmingly focused on under-performing students.
"I didn't know what I could do at that time to really help them, other than be supportive and be a listener and be an encourager," Shaunessy-Dedrick said. "I only had intuition and the will to try to understand, but I didn't have enough tools."...
The Pinellas County school district received some heat earlier this week when it named math and engineering centers as the sole example for schools to spend recess, which is supposed to be 20 minutes of unstructured, free-play time.
District spokeswoman Lisa Wolf emailed revised guidance to a Times reporter on Wednesday. It doesn't eliminate language on math or science activities (they're suggested as part of indoor and outdoor play) but the guidance gives several examples of how schools may spend that time. It also names options that have been considered structured "brain breaks."...
Today: Hundreds of school buses hit area roads as Hillsborough, Pinellas practice for the real thing08/09/17K12
It's the annual ritual that signals summer vacation is pretty much over.
More than 1,000 school buses will be on Tampa Bay area roads Wednesday morning and afternoon in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties even though public school classes do not begin until Thursday.
At last count, Hillsborough has 973 buses on the road, not including spares, and Pinellas 450.
Before she left the classroom to join the Pinellas County School Board, Eileen Long sat down Dejarae Thomas for a talk.
Long, a science teacher at Clearwater Intermediate who was elected to the board in August, taught Thomas for two years. Though he was no longer her student that year, he often hung out in her classroom, and she kept tabs on his grades, attendance and social circle, which were far from ideal....
It's all about the basics for kindergartners: numbers, letters … and programming?
The Pinellas County school district, which starts classes on Thursday, has found a way to introduce the fundamentals of computer coding to its youngest learners this year. The district has purchased 100 "Bee-Bots" to be used in kindergarten classrooms throughout the county.
Some Pinellas County school district parents were rattled when guidance given to schools solely named math and engineering centers as suitable ways to spend unstructured, free-play recess.
Following the statewide mandate signed into law earlier this summer, which does not specify whether recess could be spent indoors or outdoors, the district included this in its teaching and learning handbook given to schools:...
Remember Antonio Burt, the former leader tasked with turning around the Pinellas County school district's most struggling schools?
He resigned in May for personal reasons (he recently married and his wife lives in Memphis), but now he's taken on a similar role in Tennessee....