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Education

  • Memoir writing class at CFCC Levy Center

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a class for aspiring authors in April.

    Memoir Writing: Developing and Refining Your Story is for anyone who has begun writing a memoir and is looking for help in developing and organizing their story. Participants will learn to narrow their subject and how to insert information that will create more relevant and interesting characters.

    The class will meet on Mondays, April 5-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The course fee is $65. Enrollment deadline is Thursday, April 1.

  • Something to Think About When Choosing a College

    Investing in a college education is always worthwhile; in this economy, it is even more crucial.

    Over a working life, the typical worker with a four-year college degree earns in excess of 60 percent more than a worker with only a high school diploma. When you invest in something this important, you want to be sure it’s worth your time and money. One way to do that is to make sure the college and the program you choose are “accredited.”

  • School board trades less rent for guaranteed payment

    The School Board of Levy County approved a renegotiated tower lease with T-Mobile during their meeting on Tuesday that reduces the rent, but guarantees a 10-year income stream.

    The tower is on school district property, and the school board rents the tower space to the cellular company.

    With the new lease, T-Mobile will pay the school district $19,000 a year, down from $20,700. But T-Mobile will ensure the income for 10 years, whereas under the old 30-year lease they could cancel with 90 days notice.

  • Money squeeze gets tighter for schools

    Another precipitous drop in state revenues is bad news for local public schools, Superintendent Bob Hastings told the Levy County School Board at a Feb. 2 meeting.

    Hastings said no one knows what will happen with the state budgets when the Legislature’s session begins on March 2. “It’s anybody’s guess,” Hastings said.

    But he noted that the revenue estimate for the state’s coffers is down by $3 billion overall which translates to $1 billion less in state money for schools.

  • Crist proposes record education budget

    By STEVE WATERS

    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Gov. Charlie Crist unveiled his 2010-2011 proposed budget on Monday, recommending $22.7 billion for state, federal and local funding.

    The proposed budget is a $535.5 million increase over the current fiscal year, and would set a record in school funding if passed.

    Though ambitious, Crist's proposals are, for now, just that.

  • Learn about Nature Coast through CFCC Levy Center

     The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer its first guided Ecotourism Field Trip on Saturday, Jan. 23. The trip is part of the Ecotourism Business Workshops program that begins on Jan. 11.

     The trip is open to the public and includes visits to both Manatee Springs State Park and Fanning Springs State Park, with lunch in Fanning Springs. Participants will also visit Point of View Gifts & Antiques and Dakotah Winery.

  • By STEVE WATERS sports@chieflandcitizen.com The School Board of Levy County is discussing whether or not to participate in the Race to the Top fund, a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states for high performance in education. Meeting l

    The School Board of Levy County is discussing whether or not to participate in the Race to the Top fund, a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states for high performance in education.

    Meeting last Tuesday with the school board, teachers' union and administrators, Superintendent said that the district was still in the opening phases of examining and planning for the fund.

    "Right now, we've just got more questions than answers," he said.

  • School board urged to cut spending

    In a General Fund budget review, the School Board of Levy County on Tuesday was warned that so far this school year, spending has only decreased 3 percent from last year, rather than the required 7 percent.

    Director of Finance Bob Clemons, speaking to the board, said at the current rate of spending, the school district would be about $1.4 million over the approved budget by the end of the school year.

    Both Clemons and superintendent Bob Hastings said that all options were being considered as to how to stay within budget.

  • CFCC Course Offerings

    • GED prep starts now

    Central Florida Community College encourages adults who would like to earn a GED to prepare now.

    Before beginning the General Education Development Test program, students must complete the 12-hour introduction to adult education course, which helps them identify strengths and set educational goals. All adult education programs are free.

  • Florida Prepaid College Plans Open Enrollment starts this week

    There aren’t many things in life that are guaranteed.  But starting this week, parents can purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan that is financially guaranteed by the state of Florida.

    With this safe and secure way to save for children’s higher education, families don’t have to worry about tuition increases or the credit crunch, and they cannot lose their money when they purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan.