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Education

  • 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.

  • Mom, son graduate together

    It was more like a family reunion than a ceremony for 21 graduates receiving their General Equivalency Diploma.

    Janet Williams, a mom, may have outscored her son and fellow graduate, Alex Bolinger, but she was proud to hug him, pose for a photo and admire his diploma.

    Bessie Ezell sat in the audience rather than donning the blue cap and gown, and let husband and fellow graduate Rickey Ezell hold the spotlight.

  • Fall 2009 GED Graduates

    Jena Adams, Old Town

    Alex Bolinger, Chiefland

    Caitlin Butler, Alachua

    Tony Crews Jr., Chiefland

    Bryan Crosby, Williston

    Kelsie Daniels, Chiefland

    Catherine Daniels, Chiefland

    Catherine Davis, Steinhatchee

    Bessie Ezell, Chiefland

    Rickey Ezell, Chiefland

    Leo Folger III, Chiefland

    Sean Hicks, Williston

    Destiny Humphreys, Williston

    Britney Knight, Inglis

    Laura Mott, Old Town

    Beatrice Perez, Chiefland

    Michael Rhein, Chiefland

    Calvin Root IV, Williston

  • School Foundation helps close money gap

    Everyone knows college can be an expensive proposition for parents.

    The tuition. The textbooks. The living expenses. Over four years or more, it adds up quickly.

    But for Levy County students, the Levy County Schools Foundation can help students — and parents — with some of the costs of higher education.

    Coordinator Angela Johnson said that the foundation provides much needed financial assistance to Levy County students. Though the scholarships don't cover all higher education costs, every little bit helps.

  • 14 students complete CFCC Levy CNA class

    Central Florida Community College recognized 14 students who completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program at the CFCC Levy Center on Monday, Aug. 17.