Education: A look back at 2008

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By Kellie Parkin

From new science standards and deep budget cuts to teacher awards and a new Superintendent, education in Levy County experienced many newsworthy occasions in 2008. The following are highlights from this year’s important headlines.


Superintendent Cliff Norris announces he will not run for re-election, opting instead for retirement.

The School Board of Levy County (SBLC) reaffirms its unanimous position against teaching evolution as a scientific fact, sending a letter to the Department of Education stating strong opposition to the proposed changes. Levy County Board of County Commissioners also condemns the proposal.


Students shine at the annual Levy County Superintendent’s Gala, raising approximately $22,000 to fund scholarships for area students.

Teachers Marcia Smith of Bronson Middle High and Lida Weingardt of Chiefland High are presented with $1,000 grants from the Levy Soil and Water Conservation District to fund projects that address water and erosion issues.

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