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Education

  • STARS Gala celebrates making a difference

    The theme of this year’s STARS Gala fundraiser presented by the Levy County Schools Foundation was summed up in a short parable about a boy tossing starfish back in the water along a beach.

    The point of the story is the boy’s determination to make a difference in each starfish’s life he saves, rather than succumbing to the feeling of futility in trying to save the thousands of starfish littered along the beach.

  • Levy County schools thrive in Career and Technical Education

    Vocational and technical training has come a long way in recent decades.

    To the uninitiated, much of today’s version – which comes under the banner of Career & Technical Education (CTE) – might look indistinguishable from the more advanced college prep paths.

    From biotechnology to computer design, CTE programs touch on a wide range of skills and knowledge areas, and meet rigorous requirements in terms of industry certification standards and college preparation.

  • Having a fin-e time in school

    One of the greatest pleasures of reading is to escape into another world.

    Yankeetown School’s busiest readers over the last quarter term got a glimpse into one such enchanting world last Friday, when they were treated to a visit from a Weeki Wachee mermaid.

    Mermaid Charlene posed for pictures with the students in the school’s auditorium and took questions from the ones who weren’t too shy, as the children queried whether she knew Ariel and Nemo, and how long she can hold her breath.

  • Levy ESP of the year passing on love for reading

    As with many teachers and aides who work in small schools, Gayle Gatton has worn a lot of hats as an educator.

    Now, after 30 years in her profession, she’s doing exactly what she loves, even if it means less money.

  • Levy teacher of the year enjoying diverse course load

    Allen Strickland can hardly believe he’s being paid for all the fun he’s having.

    The algebra teacher and baseball coach at Bronson Middle High School is in his sixth year as an educator, and he recently started teaching shop class, reconnecting the 30-year-old with his roots.

    Strickland earned a degree in building construction at the University of Florida and worked in the field before entering education.

  • Commission honors Students of the Month

    The Chiefland City Commission honored Students of the Month for October and November at its Dec. 13 meeting, presenting them with certificates of achievement. In addition the students each received a $20 gift card from the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Chiefland Middle High School Interact Club.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson did the honors presenting them and reading aloud their nominations for the honor.

  • Familiar face to patrol schools

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Chase Gregory, a graduate of Chiefland schools, is taking over the duties of school resource officer for the city's schools.

    Gregory is attempting to fill the shoes of his former instructor Deputy Steve Ellis who is retiring to spend time travelling and relaxing.

    Gregory started work Monday taking his daughter to school.

    daughter to Chiefland Elementary School, which he once attended.

    He then reported for duty at the Chiefland Middle High School, which he attended.

  • School Board millage sees slight drop

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously adopted its final 2016-2017 millage and budget, setting the combined millage rate at 6.876, and the total budget at $77,264,131.00.

    The budget was revised up from the original advertised estimate by $1,503,385, largely due to $1,259,923 in additional anticipated costs for capital projects.

  • Seventh annual Beast Feast to raise money for Levy County Schools Foundation

    The Levy County Schools Foundation is holding its seventh annual Beast Feast, which features southern food and a live auction fundraiser, on Oct. 1.

    The event offers a “unique southern dinner,” including venison, gator tail, mullet, sausage, pork, fish chowder, gumbo, swamp cabbage, boiled corn, grits, baked beans and desserts. and a live auction. The dinner is served at 6 p.m.

    It takes place at The Etheridge Farm & Produce at 2351 NE 140th Avenue, Williston.

  • Chiefland Elementary School Olympians go for the gold

    The CES second grade students in Mrs. Lloyd and Mrs. Townsend's classes began the school year following the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.  The classes selected countries to follow to chart the number of medals won by that country.  Each day they would watch highlights or a few minutes of live events. 

    They learned about the continent of South America, the country of Brazil and the city of Rio as well as some of the popular athletes and sporting events.