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Education

  • Back in session

    First grade teacher Jane Mitchell meets new students at Chiefland Elementary School’s Meet the Teacher open house on Aug. 9.

    School opened on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Levy County.

  • Slemp ready to lead Cedar Key School

    Joshua Slemp has been a fixture of Levy County’s school system at several levels, from teacher to project manager to assistant principal.

    His journey has led him to his latest stop, Cedar Key School, where the 39-year-old is in his first job as principal.

    It’s a culmination of the various roles he’s served, and a place where that experience figures to come in handy at the K-12 school, which has about 250 students.

  • Class back in session

    Students return to school a week earlier this year in Levy County, meaning they’ll be back in class on Monday, Aug. 10.

    Drivers are encouraged to be cautious of lower speed limits near schools as well as students waiting at bus stops.

    Schools are holding open house events for parents to meet their children’s teachers in the days running up to the start of school.

  • Stuffin’ the Bus for schools

    It was Stuff the Bus Day on Saturday, July 23 at the South Levy Marketplace. Because the open air market is only held on the last Saturday of the month, the Yankeetown-Inglis communities held their Stuff the Bus Drive earlier than the rest of the county to maximize their donations.

    The rest of the county will Stuff the Bus in Chiefland, Bronson, Williston, Rosewood-Cedar Key on Saturday, Aug. 6, to coincide with the state’s Tax Holiday for Schools.

  • Teen driver improvement course offers invaluable lessons on safe driving

    The alcohol simulation goggles – commonly referred to as “drunk goggles – that students wear while driving golf carts through a school parking lot course, as part of Levy County Sheriff’s Teen Driver Improvement Program, inspire a lot of laughs from observers and participants, who invariably topple most of the orange cones lining their paths.

    But the cause behind the exercise is less funny, as students learn the consequences of driving while distracted or impaired.

  • CF receives suicide prevention grant

    The College of Central Florida has been awarded a $294,930 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The funds will be used to implement a collegewide suicide prevention project. The project will allow the college to develop and implement an infrastructure that will promote education and awareness, incorporating the philosophy that it is everyone’s responsibility to be knowledgeable on suicide awareness, know the signs and symptoms, strategies to dealing with and know the resources to use, if an occurrence occurs.

  • Back-to-school sales tax holiday

    Florida’s three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m.

    During the holiday period, no sales or local option tax will be collected on purchases of “clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.” Additionally, applicable school supplies that costs $15 or less per item will also be exempt from sales taxes.

    Visit www.myflorida.com/dor for more information on eligible items.

  • Levy loses “B” under new assessments

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released July 8 by the Florida Department of Education.

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.

  • Bronson FFA named to Florida's Finest

    Florida FFA has honored the Bronson Middle High School FFA Chapter as one of “Florida’s Finest” FFA Chapters.  Thirty-two chapters were recognized as Florida's Finest at the state FFA convention held last week in Orlando.

    The selection of these chapters is based upon the completion of the National Chapter Award program application. These chapters have excelled in the areas of student, chapter and community development and have worked hard to fulfill the mission of the FFA.

  • Tri-County students mark higher performance on state tests

    Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart has announced that students in North Central Florida are improving their performance on state assessments in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Civics and U.S. History.