ST. PETERSBURG — The athletic facilities at St. Petersburg High are just like Bob Carter remembers from 50 years ago.
He recalls it all fondly: The concession stands, ticket booths and bathrooms are still the same. The track is still outdated asphalt, nicknamed I-75. The field house still lacks central air.
"It was one of the happiest times of my life," said Carter, who played baseball and graduated with the class of 1965....
CLEARWATER — A High Point Elementary student who was airlifted with burn injuries Wednesday had a lighter at school, district officials say.
Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Wolf on Thursday said the student was burned while in possession of the lighter and described it as an "isolated incident involving one student and was not part of a classroom activity."...
CLEARWATER — A High Point Elementary student was airlifted with burn injuries after a fire broke out at the school Wednesday afternoon.
The Largo Fire Department responded to the call around 2:20 p.m. and is still investigating the cause of the fire, said spokesman Terry Tokarz. A boy was transported by Bayflite to Tampa General Hospital's burn center.
Tokarz said the boy's father was on the scene and that the boy was "alert and talking to us."...
Florida State University president John Thrasher has indefinitely suspended all fraternities and sororities following the death of a fraternity pledge and another student's unrelated drug arrest over the weekend.
The pause was necessary to "review and reflect on the loss of a young life," the university said in a statement Monday.
"For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university," Thrasher said at a news conference. "There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it."...
CLEARWATER — After two weeks of no work, no income, no cell phone signal and no power, Bianca Vazquez decided it was time to leave her home in Humacao, Puerto Rico and move to Florida — permanently.
She booked the first one-way flights she could find for herself, her 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. Her 2-year-old, Bryan, would stay behind with her parents until she got everything settled....
ST. PETERSBURG — The Canterbury School of Florida has been gripped in recent weeks by strife and bruised feelings over a back-and-forth tussle over who will lead the private institution over the next few years.
School spokeswoman Heather Lambie confirmed this week that a new board of trustees plans to renegotiate the contract of Canterbury's longtime head of school, Mac H. Hall, and "hopes to reach an amicable resolution with him." ...
Pinellas County government is hosting a bilingual panel Thursday featuring community organizations providing help for local Hurricane Maria evacuees.
The informational panel in English and Spanish will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. Participating agencies include Hispanic Outreach Center, the Pinellas County school district, the Supervisor of Elections, the Salvation Army and RCS Food Bank....
Canterbury board resigns, replaced by four new members following decision not to renew head of school10/30/17 Blog
Nearly two weeks after the board of trustees at Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg decided to not renew the contract for their head of school of 13 years, all board members will resign and be replaced by four new members.
An email obtained by the Times was sent out to families on Saturday informing Canterbury families of the board's shakeup. The email comes after a contentious town hall meeting held at the school Oct. 16 regarding Mac Hall's departure as head of school at the end of the school year....
ST. PETERSBURG — Six third-graders trickled into the media center and began fidgeting with colorful puzzles called tangrams. It's how they wrap their heads around adding and subtracting fractions.
They have some of the best grades and test scores in the school, and they know it. It's why they were pulled out of their regular schedule to go to "talent development" class at Lakewood Elementary....
Pinellas school board member (and mother of a high schooler) pledges to sign petition for later start times10/27/17 Blog
The new online petition pleads with the Pinellas County School Board and superintendent Mike Grego to change the high school start time from 7:05 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., just like neighboring Hillsborough County.
It says scores would improve, graduation rates would climb and fewer teens would fall asleep behind the wheel. It offers links referring people to research. And it argues that if Hillsborough can do it starting next August, why can’t Pinellas?...
Hordes of moms fought for years to get the Florida Legislature to make a law requiring 20 minutes of daily recess in all traditional public elementary schools. That's on top of 150 minutes of state-mandated physical activity -- time often used for physicel education classes.
Some of the founders behind the "recess mom" movement were taken aback this week when they saw the Florida School Boards Association proposed legislative platform for 2018. A bullet point suggested eliminating the PE requirement but keeping daily recess for all students, including those in charter schools that are currently exempted....
A year after the Pinellas County school district was chastised in a state report for clustering inexperienced teachers in the state's most struggling schools, the district has reported a first look at its teacher corps.
None of the schools had as much as 30 to 40 percent of staff with three years or less of experience as the report found in the 2014-15 school year, but some schools still skew high percentages of first-year teachers....
PINELLAS PARK — Two black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle have requested transfers out of the school, alleging the work environment there has become "hostile and racially charged."
In a letter addressed to Pinellas County school district officials, the presidents of the Upper Pinellas and St. Petersburg branches of the NAACP said the problems began when nine minority teachers banded together over the summer to develop an after-school tutoring program primarily for black students, who scored the lowest on this year's state English language arts exam. ...
Mac Hall, the head of school for Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, will leave his role of 13 years at the end of the school year.
Canterbury spokeswoman Heather Lambie confirmed in an email Thursday that Hall's contract will expire at the end of the school year and will not be renewed.
"It has been decided that we are going to have a change in the Head of School at that time," she wrote....
Pinellas County School Board members once again gave school superintendent Mike Grego high marks on his annual evaluation, which was made public Tuesday.
Every year, board members evaluate Grego on his performance on seven goals outlined in the district strategic plan. Board members also rate him on impact/rapport, integrity and work standards. They can also write-in comments....