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Education

  • Senate bill defeated, educators still worried

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a controversial education bill last week, but according to School Board of Levy County Superintendent Robert Hastings, more controversial legislation is likely to pass without much notice.

  • CFCC News

    n CFCC To present "35 Years Later: Good bye Vietnam"

    Central Florida Community College will present “35 Years Later: Good-Bye Vietnam,” a retrospective and contemporary look at the era through the eyes of former and current CFCC employees and author Alivia Tagliaferri.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Webber Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, and is a Global Conversations presentation of the CFCC Council for Diversity and Global Understanding.

  • CFCC news

    Memoir writing course 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.

  • 2010-11 School year extended

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved a revised calendar for the 2010-2011 school year that lengthens the school year by several days, yet adds a few perks for students and teachers.

    The board discussed two potential calendars at Tuesday’s twice-monthly meeting, both of which contained various pros and cons.

    The approved calendar for next year puts the final day of school at June 9, as opposed to June 3, which was presented as an alternative.

  • 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.