• 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. 

  • CES and CMHS go to Wild Adventures

    Christy Jones’ class went to Wild Adventures on Tuesday, May 26, a celebration of a yearlong mentoring program set up with Chiefland High School’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) junior class led by Kelly Beauchamp. Beauchamp’s HOSA students came once a week during the school year and mentored students in Jones’ class at Chiefland Elementary.

  • Students of the month

    The students of the month for May were recently honored at the Chiefland City Commission meeting. Aubreigh Brown, daughter of Jason and Stephanie Brown, is in the third grade at Chiefland Elementary School. The nomination by the teachers said, “Aubreigh is a hardworking student dedicated to doing her personal best. She is thoughtful and kind to classmates, and a team player.”

  • School board sends letter to Gov. Scott

    The School Board of Levy County decided unanimously to send a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting an executive order to suspend the use of certain assessments.

    Superintendent Bob Hastings presented the letter to the board during their meeting on Tuesday evening. He read the letter aloud, which highlighted the school board does support and value accountability for everyone in the educational process and said, “However, we insist the measures must be valid, reliable equitable and fully funded.”

  • Levy School Board accused of First Amendment violations

    An out of state organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is accusing the Levy County School Board of multiple First Amendment violations they say have been brought to their attention.

    “We are dealing with it and we will respond to it,” Hastings said in a telephone interview on Monday.

    They have turned the matter over to School Board Attorney David Delaney to determine what is valid.