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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.

  • 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.

  • Commission honors Students of the Month

    The Chiefland City Commission honored Students of the Month for October and November at its Dec. 13 meeting, presenting them with certificates of achievement. In addition the students each received a $20 gift card from the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Chiefland Middle High School Interact Club.

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson did the honors presenting them and reading aloud their nominations for the honor.

  • Familiar face to patrol schools

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Chase Gregory, a graduate of Chiefland schools, is taking over the duties of school resource officer for the city's schools.

    Gregory is attempting to fill the shoes of his former instructor Deputy Steve Ellis who is retiring to spend time travelling and relaxing.

    Gregory started work Monday taking his daughter to school.

    daughter to Chiefland Elementary School, which he once attended.

    He then reported for duty at the Chiefland Middle High School, which he attended.

  • School Board millage sees slight drop

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously adopted its final 2016-2017 millage and budget, setting the combined millage rate at 6.876, and the total budget at $77,264,131.00.

    The budget was revised up from the original advertised estimate by $1,503,385, largely due to $1,259,923 in additional anticipated costs for capital projects.