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Education

  • 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.

  • New Yankeetown principal embraces leadership role at small school

    When Denee Hurst left for college to attend the University of Florida, she never thought she’d return to the kind of small-town setting like the one in which she was raised in Dixie County.

    She did, however, as she put in more than 20 years as a teacher and educational administrator in the county.

    And now Hurst is the new principal of Yankeetown School, which, with its enrollment of around 200 students, is an even smaller school than where she started.

  • District school grades remain the same

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

    In fact, all 10 of the district’s eligible schools scored the same letter grade as in 2016. The district also retained its ‘C’ grade.

  • Webber to make changes at CMHS

     

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER 

    Citizen Correspondent

     

  • School Board lashes out at trends in state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As School Board of Levy County Finance Director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • Edison, Board join call against ed bill

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • Knowledge is the key to success

    The position of a person in life is not their potential and that is because knowledge increases each time a certain position is attained, whether it be a promotion in school, work or in any other endeavor; and never let circumstances in life block achievement. Those two statements were the main pieces of advice Dr. Kendrick Scott offered Saturday during the Levy County Black History program in the Tommy Usher Pineland Center. 

  • 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.