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Education

  • 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.

  • On the job training, brings success

    The School Board of Levy County, along with Dr. Rosalind Hall, director of Exceptional Education and Student Services, was pleased to award certificates to five students who have successfully completed the Community Based Training program this school year.

    Community Based Training, or CBT, allows high school students to gain on-the-job training while still in school. This is the program’s second year. The local business partners are The Gathering Table Restaurant and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Thrift Store, both located in Chiefland.

  • Lecanto’s Davis departing to focus on family

    By Andrew Caplan

    In just four years, Jeff Davis guided Lecanto High School through its brightest and darkest days.

    The principal and former coach, a fixture at many athletic events, was on the field when the football team won its first county championship. He was in the classroom after a 15-year-old freshman boy shot himself last November — and grieved with faculty, parents and students for weeks after.

    Reflecting on the disparity, Davis finds himself thankful for where he is and where he is heading.

  • CMHS seniors will graduate on Friday night

    The Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2016 will walk across the stage on Friday, June 3, in ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. on C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium on the school campus.

    There are 83 graduates in this year's class,

    The Chiefland graduation will be followed by the Cedar Key Graduation on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. There are 21 seniors in the class.

    Bronson Middle High School will graduate 68 seniors on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Phillips Art Center in Gainesville.