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Education

  • College of Central Florida to host open house Friday, Aug. 11

    The College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, will host an open house celebration Friday, Aug. 11, from 2-4 p.m.

    The first permanent facility for higher education in Levy County, the campus features a comprehensive student center, campus bookstore, student lounge, health and wellness area, a large multi-purpose room, a multidiscipline science lab, classrooms, computer labs and faculty offices.

    The college is offering 100 scholarships valued at $500 each to students who want to be among the first to attend the new campus. To be eligible, students must take six or more credits at the new campus when classes begin Aug. 21. The scholarships are available to new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at another college or university.

    The scholarships are a one-time opportunity to celebrate the opening of the campus, which is the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County. The $30 college application fee will also be waived for students to plan to attend the new campus.

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Higher learning

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • 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.

  • 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.