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Education

  • Teacher challenges school board for second time

    A Chiefland teacher went before the Levy County School Board once again speaking of a culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation in the school system.

    During the public comments section of the school board meeting Tuesday morning, Chiefland Middle School history teacher Jerry Lawrence said the last meeting at which he spoke was epitomized by those two things.

    Lawrence said he asked to be put on the agenda and was not, he asked for 30 minutes to speak and was given 15, and he said the board was silent and relied on their legal counsel to respond.

  • CNA class graduates from Levy Center

    The College of Central Florida held graduation ceremonies on Nov. 25 at the Levy Center for 11 students in the Certified Nurse Assistant program.

    The class was held at Haven Hospice, which has partnered with the college for the six-week program. Many of the students also received scholarships through Career Source of Levy, Marion and Citrus. 

  • CHS gets behind Socks for Seniors

    Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that organizes, collects and distributes new socks for seniors in communities all over the country.

    The holidays are a fun time of year with all the holiday work parties, family gatherings, meetings with old friends topped off with all the bells, whistles, hustle and bustle of the season. It's the friendliest and most giving time of year but, for some it can also be a depressing time of year and our seniors can get lost in the shuffle.

  • Online classes fail to muffle graduation

    The move to online learning and testing at the College of Central Florida's Levy Center for the adult education program where students earn high school diplomas has downsized graduation celebrations but the enthusiasm has not been dampened.

  • Pie in the eye

    Chiefland Elementary School's top-scoring students on last year's FCATs got their reward on Friday, Dec. 5, when they “pie-ed” Principal Angela Thomas, faculty and staff in front of fellow students in the fourth and fifth grades.

    The pies are really whipped cream on paper plates, instead of the usual crust-filling-cream ones students usually consume.

  • CHS health students trek to Santa Fe

    On Oct. 16, Chiefland High School's Health Academy freshmen and  sophomores had the opportunity to visit Santa Fe College (SCF) in Gainesville.  

    The students were given a guided tour by the college's health program director. Students were able to closely examine many of the Health Science programs offered at SCF. They include: x-ray technician, nuclear medicine technician, cardiovascular technician, and also the nursing, respiratory and dental programs. They learned what the college has to offer along with a variety of things in the medical field.

  • Chiefland SGA pie auction is a sweet dessert

    The 23rd Annual Pie Auction for Student Government was held Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Chiefland Middle High School cafeteria. This is the largest SGA fund raiser and it helps to fund projects throughout the school year.

  • Teacher challenges school board

    One Levy County teacher is speaking up in saying that the school board is not following the Florida code of ethics for education.

    “A culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation exists in Levy County schools,” said Chiefland Middle High School teacher Gerald “Jerry” Lawrence during the public comment section of a school board meeting on Tuesday morning. Lawrence teaches U.S. History to eighth grade students.

  • Driving home the money

    Chiefland Middle High School Principal Matt McLelland, second from left, shows off the $2,780 check that represents the proceeds of a Drive 4UR School promotion sponsored by White Ford and Ford Motor Company.

    Students, from left to right, Christian Reyes, Payton Levy and J.C. Kennedy represent groups like the Student Government Association that will share in the cash for their student projects.

    Adults over the age of 18 who test drove a new Ford vehicle in August earned a $20 per drive donation for the students.

  • Chauffeured on hay

    Children from Kountry Kids Learning Center in Chiefland stopped by the Chiefland Citizen Friday during the school's annual fall hay ride through town.

    The Chiefland Citizen appreciates the visit. It gives everyone a reason to smile.