The state Department of Education's grades for high schools are out and it's a mixed report for Levy County.
The report card:
• Bronson Middle/High School got a C, down from last year's B
• Cedar Key High School got a C, down from last year's A
• Chiefland got a B, down from last year's A, and
• Williston High School got a B, up from a C.
The Levy Soil & Water Conservation District (LSWCD) recognized three Levy County School teachers on Dec. 6, at the Levy County School Board meeting for “2011 Conservation Teacher of the Year”. The LSWCD sent out applications at the beginning of the school year for those teachers interested in receiving funds of $1,000 toward a conservation project funds would be allocated for. The LSWCD received three applications with conservation programs that are being implemented in the classrooms everyday and choose to allocate funds to all three recipients.
Tri-county Homeschoolers joined the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Ranger for a day of photography and creating a nature journal. Cameras, printing of the photos, and the journals were supplied by the Refuge & their Friends group (talent was supplied by the students).
When Candy Barber started working as a substitute in the Chiefland schools lunchroom she only wanted to have a job that allowed her to be home with her children, Royce and Janet, when they were not in school.
On Jan. 4 Barber, who estimates she has served or overseen the serving of over 5 million meals, will retire from her post as coordinator of food service for the county's 13 schools. She is also president of the Florida School Nutrition Association.
Levy County Schools Foodservice Director Candy Barber, left, is presented a plaque honoring her 40 years of service by Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings on Monday. The presentation was at a retirement party put on by food service personnel at Chiefland Elementary School. Barber, who is president of the Florida School Nutrition Association, is retiring Jan. 4
The Bronson Middle/High School Band has qualified to participate in the Florida Marching Bands Coalition's Class 1A State Semifinals on Nov. 19 at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa. The FMBC has been hosting state competitions since 2000, according to its website.
Sanchez Farms hosted a field trip by Levy County agriscience students.
Virginia Sanchez teaches a student how the debris found in a sample of peanuts can affect the grading. Samples should not contain an excessive amount of sticks, leaves, dirt, gravel, etc.