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Education

  • Board cancels contract for Williston school

    The Levy County School Board has cancelled its contract with its first choice for construction of the new Williston Middle High School and is now negotiating with its second ranked choice for the project. 

    The vote to end talks with Gilbane Building Company's Jacksonville unit came during the Tuesday, Feb. 10 board meeting and was unanimous.

  • CHS linemen off to university

    Two of Chiefland High School's brightest stars will be blazing out of town at the end of the year, thanks to athletic scholarships.

    "It doesn't happen, especially at a school as small as we are," CHS Coach Aaron Richardson said about the football scholarships given to players Willie Brannon and Austin Vincent. "Today is a culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance."

    The two signed letters of intent Wednesday.

  • 15th Annual STARS Gala Set for Feb. 14th

     The Levy County Schools Foundation (LCSF) will be hosting its annual STARS Gala on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m., doors open at 5:30, at the Chiefland Elementary School.

  • Celebrating Literacy Week

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School are celebrating Literacy Week with activities every day.

    These students, (from left) John, Amber and Alysha, read books for videos that will be uploaded to the school's website and learned to read recipes to make popcorn treats.

    The fifth grade students are reporting on the activities after two lectures from members of the news media, Chiefland Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones and blogger Jeff Hardison of HardisonInk.

  • Schools, District get report cards

    The state has issued performance grades for the Levy County School District and the county's four high schools for the 2013-2014 school year, and the news, according to some, may be confusing for parents who want to judge the quality of local schools. 

    For the third year in a row, the district has earned a C grade. And for the first time, all four Levy County high schools have earned a B. One school, Bronson, held on to the B it received for the 2012-2013 school year while three others — Chiefland, Williston and Cedar Key, went down from an A.

  • No school board meeting this week

    The Levy County School Board will not hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 20. 

  • School Board asking state to limit testing

    The Levy County School Board unanimously voted to approve the signing of a “Resolution on Assessment and Accountability” asking the state to limit testing.

    Superintendent Bob Hastings presented the resolution to the board at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    “We’re asking for flexibility,” Hastings said, adding it does not mean they are entitled to it. He said consolidation of a lot of these tests can be done.

  • CHS health students trek to Santa Fe

    On Oct. 16, Chiefland High School's Health Academy freshmen and  sophomores had the opportunity to visit Santa Fe College (SCF) in Gainesville.  

    The students were given a guided tour by the college's health program director. Students were able to closely examine many of the Health Science programs offered at SCF. They include: x-ray technician, nuclear medicine technician, cardiovascular technician, and also the nursing, respiratory and dental programs. They learned what the college has to offer along with a variety of things in the medical field.

  • Pie in the eye

    Chiefland Elementary School's top-scoring students on last year's FCATs got their reward on Friday, Dec. 5, when they “pie-ed” Principal Angela Thomas, faculty and staff in front of fellow students in the fourth and fifth grades.

    The pies are really whipped cream on paper plates, instead of the usual crust-filling-cream ones students usually consume.

  • Online classes fail to muffle graduation

    The move to online learning and testing at the College of Central Florida's Levy Center for the adult education program where students earn high school diplomas has downsized graduation celebrations but the enthusiasm has not been dampened.