Combined, nearly one in four teachers staffed at eight schools in the Pinellas County school district's Transformation Zone will not return to their school in the fall.
Lakewood Elementary in St. Petersburg will hemorrhage 41 percent of its staff, losing 17 out of 41 instructional staff members. Midtown Academy, Campbell Park Elementary and Melrose Elementary, all of which are also in St. Petersburg, will each lose around 31 percent of their respective staffs....
Former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman, who was under investigation for sending a directive to her staff that said white students should be in the same class when creating classroom rosters, has chosen to retire.
Pinellas County school district superintendent Mike Grego announced her retirement in an email sent to School Board members on Friday. Board members will hold a vote to approve her resignation at a June 6 board meeting. ...
Letter from 'many' St. Petersburg High faculty, staff to Pinellas School Board pushes for assistant principal to be next principal05/24/17 Blog
A St. Petersburg High teacher sent a letter on the behalf of "many" school faculty and staff to the Pinellas County School Board and school district superintendent Mike Grego in support of appointing their assistant principal, Darlene Lebo, as principal.
The letter, which you can read here, was dated April 25, almost a month before Northeast High assistant principal Robert J. Gagnon had been selected for the coveted position pending School Board approval at a board meeting held Tuesday, but it was not sent to the school district until May 21. Grego pulled the recommendation Monday, citing "new information shared with me" regarding Gagnon's experience in Lake County nearly 20 years ago. He promised to review the matter "to gain a full understanding before proceeding with a personnel recommendation for this position." ...
After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that aims to tackle the achievement gap in 10 years and settles a long-running lawsuit over the education of black students.
"I'm an optimist. I think this is going to work," board member Linda Lerner said. "I like things that are clearly put. And I think we have the sustainability and continuous quality improvement."...
Robert J. Gagnon was all set to be the new principal at St. Petersburg High, a plum position in the Pinellas County school district. His name was on a list of top administrative candidates to be approved at a special School Board meeting Tuesday. The job starts July 1.
On Monday, however, superintendent Mike Grego pulled his recommendation of Gagnon, saying in an email to board members that the action came "in light of new information shared with me" regarding Gagnon's experience in Lake County....
TAMPA — They came from Massachusetts two weeks ago for a change of pace, spending their first few days as Floridians fishing, swimming, basking in the sun.
But within a week, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk knew something was off with their roommate, Devon Arthurs, who invited them to live in his apartment at the Hamptons at Tampa Palms subdivision, said Himmelman's sister Lyssa Himmelman....
After more than a year of negotiations, the Pinellas County School District has reached a new agreement in a 16-year-old state lawsuit that accused it of shortchanging black students, unveiling a plan Friday to "greatly narrow" or close the achievement gap within a decade.
District officials and the plaintiffs in the case crafted the agreement behind closed doors, with a mediator, after informal talks yielded little progress....
After more than a year of negotiations, the Pinellas County School District has reached a new agreement in a 16-year-old state lawsuit that accused it of shortchanging black students, unveiling a plan Friday to “greatly narrow” or close the achievement gap within a decade.
District officials and the plaintiffs in the case crafted the agreement behind closed doors, with a mediator, after informal talks yielded little progress. ...
Upcoming Pinellas School Board workshop: Transformation Zone, teacher evaluations and lawsuit updates05/17/17 Blog
In what appears to be the briefest workshop agenda in recent history, the Pinellas County School Board will review three hot topics Tuesday before summer break.
Board members will start the day with an "overview of support" provided to all schools, especially the eight in the Transformation Zone. Then the board will review proposed revisions to the teacher and administration evaluation system for the 2017-18 school year....
Fourteen talented Tampa Bay high school seniors overcame a stringent, two-year-long process to be selected as National Merit Scholarship winners.
Out of 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools who took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2015, the highest-scoring 16,000 students became semifinalists who entered in the competition. Out of those, 7,500 were named finalists....
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The Pinellas County school district is looking for its next Transformation Zone leader following the resignation of Antonio Burt, who was hired December 2015 to oversee improvement efforts at eight low-performing schools....
ST. PETERSBURG — Ross Bubolz is a father to nine children. For eight of them, he's been their school principal, too.
From their hometown in suburban Chicago to most recently the Cathedral School of St. Jude in St. Petersburg, almost all of the Bubolz children, ages 10 to 22 with three sets of twins, were used to seeing their dad in the administration office, until they left for high school....
More than 250 juniors and seniors from Pinellas County Schools endured seven months of auditioning to be named a winner in the 14th annual Walker's Rising Starts Scholarship Competition.
They learned their fate Tuesday night at the Mahaffey Theater. The Pinellas Education Foundation awarded about $60,000 in scholarships and prizes to deserving students. Here are the winners for each category:...
Daniel L. Brennan, the former principal at Pasadena Fundamental Elementary who resigned Feb. 8 after a Pinellas County school district investigation, has been criminally charged, according to Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor Elizabeth Constantine.
Constantine said Wednesday that Brennan has been charged with scheming to defraud, a third-degree felony. His bond has been set at $5,000. Constantine said the charges would appear on the court docket later Wednesday. The school district's investigation had found that Brennan mishandled and could not account for more than $5,000 from Parent Teacher Association at Pasadena Fundamental....
Palm Harbor Middle teacher Vanessa Ko, who was named the Pinellas Outstanding Educator of the Year in January, was selected as one of five finalists for the statewide 2018 Teacher of the Year award.
Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Leigh Ott, Macy's district vice president, surprised Ko with the news at school Wednesday morning....