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Education

  • Rotarians get legislative update on CF campus

    There has been a lot of negativity in the media and news about what happened in Tallahassee this year, a recent Suwannee Valley Rotary speaker started out saying, and added the truth of the matter is everyone goes up there with several priorities in mind. 

    Bob Batsel, general counsel and director of government relations with the College of Central Florida, presented an update on the legislative session and spoke of twin issues related to health care funding and the prospect of a Medicaid expansion.

  • Community Based Training offers life skills to students

    By Pam Thompson

    Special to the Citizen

    Great things are happening in Levy County.

    A Community Based Training Program (CBT) has long been a top priority for Dr. Rosalind Hall, Director of ESE and Student Services for Levy County.

    Early in the school year, Bronson Middle High School teacher Kyle Quincey spoke to several local businesses, shared the district’s goal and inquired about having students work there one day each week. This experience would help them learn valuable job skills.

  • AMVETS collect supplies for students

    It's that time of year for the AMVETS Post 422 Annual School Supply Drive. We first donate these supplies to children related to our Post members and those children we have assisted throughout the year then donate to Old Town Elementary School.

    If you can make a donation towards the purchase of these supplies or can bring in any type of school supplies, it is greatly needed and appreciated.  A donation box and envelopes for donations of money are located in the Canteen. 

  • Back-to-School

    It's almost time to return to school as stores stock up on supplies, schools release lists of what's needed and supply drives and giveaways to get children ready for the classroom.

    The state's sales tax free holiday runs from Aug. 7-16. There will be no sales tax on clothing items up to $100 value, school supplies up to $15 in value and computers up to $750 in value.

  • Career and tech students can now be Presidential Scholars

    As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

  • Julia Oberst is schools' new food service coordinator

     The Levy County School Board has hired a new food service coordinator and like her predecessor, she is very passionate about what she does.

    “She’s very enthusiastic and very qualified,” Levy County School Board Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jeff Edison said of Julia Oberst, the Bronson resident who was hired for the position following Becky Tyson’s departure.

  • Busing cessation draws SRO crowd at school board

    People came out in droves for a standing room only school board meeting to express their concerns over the end of transportation provided by Levy County for Yankeetown area students to Dunnellon High School.

  • Saluting jobs well done

    Featured by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best High Schools, Chiefland High School Principal Matthew McLelland, pictured far right, received a silver award on behalf of Chiefland High School which ranked 135 in the state.

    Also pictured, from left to right, with bronze awards are Principals John Lott for Bronson High School, Eulin Gibbs for Williston High School and Darby Allen for Cedar Key School.

  • Four apply for Philpot's school board seat

    The late Robert Philpot, retired Williston High School teacher and Levy County School Board member, was one of a kind, devoting his teaching career to molding youth.

    And that could be why it will take a while for Gov. Rick Scott to find the right person to fill Philpot's old seat on the school board.

    According to a spokesperson for Scott, four people have applied for appointment to the unexpired term:

    • Bradley Etheridge, a Williston cattleman and businessman,

    • Rob Sistrunk

  • Chiefland graduate makes Dean's List at TU

    Josue R. Martinez of Chiefland, a class of 2015 graduate, was named to the Dean’s List at  Thomas University for the Spring Semester 2015.

    Dean’s List students attend TU full-time and have a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.Thomas University, established in 1950, is a private not-for-profit  university of about 1,100 students located in Thomasville, Ga. TU awards  associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees using traditional classroom  settings and online delivery.