Wednesday, March 27, 2013
What should happen to underperforming schools in Pinellas County?
A proposed 'Parent Empowerment Act' has raised concerns with multiple members of the Pinellas County School Board who say the bill would hurt the school district. The bill, according to TBO.com, would "allow parents to request that school districts rehabilitate schools that earn consecutive failing grades from the state instead of leaving the decision up to the school board; in many cases, that would mean converting the schools into charter schools." In an interview with TBO, school board member Chairwoman Carol Cook said the proposed legislation is more harmful to the district than it is helpful to parents. “We aren’t just a bunch of yahoos that have been elected; we are constitutional officers and we are responsible for the education …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Pinellas School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors who would evaluate students identified as potential security risks and make sure they get treatment, TBO.com reports.
The Pinellas County School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors to evaluate students identified as potential security risks in an attempt to keep schools safer in the wake of the recent Connecticut shootings, TBO.com reports. Board member Renee Flowers, who floated the proposal at a board workshop Tuesday, told the news site the counselors would talk to students identified by school guidance counselors and follow up to be sure they get help if needed. The board has asked the school district to review its policies to see if such a proposal is possible, TBO reports. Flowers said officials would still need to figure out how to cover the cost for students who aren't covered by insurance, and that parents would need to give …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Elliot Stern will take on Janet Clark in the November general election for a seat on the Pinellas County School Board.
Incumbent Janet Clark collected 34.52 percent of the vote on Tuesday, which is not yet enough to secure her seat on the Pinellas County School Board. Now Clark and Elliot Stern, who came in second in Tuesday's primary, with 25.81 percent of the vote, will have a runoff in the November general election. Had she received more than 50 percent of the vote, there would have been no runoff. Clark collected 43,363 votes; 34.52 percent of the vote on Tuesday. Stern collected 32,418; 25.81 percent of the vote. "I'm pretty honored to have made the runoff," Stern told Patch. Stern says this is his first time running for any political office and he's very pleased with how well he did. He hopes to take this opportunity to reach out to voters and …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
School bus route information is in the mail.
The Pinellas County Schools mails postcards with school bus stop information to riders homes this week. Expect to get your school bus route notification in the mail starting Aug. 9. Have questions about your child's school bus stop? Call from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 727-587-2020.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Jackson wants to take the leap from working for the school district to help run it.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Name : Cassandra Jackson Age: 52 Place of Residence: St. Petersburg. Attended college : No Job titles held : Licensed Day Care Provider, Family Development Specialist and Paraprofessional Employers: Pinellas County Schools, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle Party affiliation : Nonpartisan Running for : Pinellas County School Board Chamber/district: 7 Website: electcassandrajackson.com Experienced, committed and dedicated to the public school system, serving on various boards SAC and PTA as Co-Chair and President volunteering for 16 years and now currently employed with the district. Having 10 years experience combined serving as commissioner for the Pinellas County Housing Authority, 6th Judicial Nominating Commission and the St. Pete …
Flowers will be taking on four other challengers for the seat currently held by interim board member Glen Gilzean.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Name : Rene Flowers Place of residence : 240 39th Street South St Petersburg Florida 33711 Attended college : Yes College : Howard University, USF, Graduated from Eckerd College Degree : Organizational Studies Job titles held : Health Unit Coordinator, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Health Educationa and Prevention Specialist, Vice Presdent of Health Education Programs, City Council Member, EZ Ride Program Manager, Customer Care Representative, Corporate Trainer Employers: Bayfront Medical Center, Community Health Centers of Pinellas, City f St. Pete, Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free St Petersburg Inc, Neighborly Senior Services, Progress Energy, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services Inc Party affiliation : …
Jackson will be taking on three other challengers for the seat currently held by board member Janet Clark.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Name : Dr. Jim Jackson Age : 67 Place of residence : Saint Petersburg FL Attended college : Yes College : Ohio State University Degree : BA in Sociology Year of graduation : 1965 University : Ohio State University Degree : MA in Medical Sociology Year of graduation : 1968 University : Florida State University Area of research : Community Mental Health Year of graduation : 1975 Job titles held : Teacher, Professor, Mental Health Counselor,Grants Coordinator Employers : Pinellas County Schools FACE-IT program part time, Adjunct Professor in Student Life Skills, St Pete College, Professor of Psychology, Miami-Dade College, Adjunct Professor in Psychology, Florida International Unviersity, Counselor, the Florida State Mental Hospital, and the …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Pinellas County School Board has given preliminary approval to a rezoning plan that would change boundaries for 27 elementary schools in the 2012-13 school year, including five in Clearwater.
School board members will decide next month whether to move forward with a rezoning plan that could affect 2,100 students at 27 elementary schools, including Leila Davis, McMullen Booth, Sandy Lane, Ponce de Leon and Belcher elementary schools in Clearwater. A vote at Tuesday's Pinellas County School Board meeting was the first of two needed to approve the plan, which would take effect during the 2012-13 school year. School officials say rezoning is needed to relieve crowding at some schools, while taking advantage of room at others. In Clearwater, that would mean changing the boundaries of: Local Parents Speak Out Against Changes About two dozen parents spoke against the changes Tuesday, including Robert Lasher of Clearwater, whose son …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Officials from the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners, Pinellas County School Board and the Tampa Bay Partnership met to figure out ways to spur job growth in a region with more than 10 percent unemployment.
Bold actions are needed to spur job growth and creation officials from throughout the Tampa Bay area said Thursday. The Pinellas Board of County Commissioners, Pinellas County School Board members and officials with the Tampa Bay Partnership talked about the regional business plan at the of St. Petersburg College in Largo. They talked about targeting manufacturing industries and using education to support job growth. The Tampa Bay area's three-year business plan includes increasing employment in industries including medicine, technology, financial and data services, and marine and environmental activities. The region’s workforce numbers are grim. More than 200,000 jobs were lost in the Tampa Bay area in the last five years and more than 50…
Monday, February 21, 2011
Two of the oldest schools in Clearwater remain closed with no plans to reopen.
The first of the two schools started as a log cabin in the Clearwater cemetery. In the 1880s, townspeople built a wood school building and called it Clearwater School. In 1906, Clearwater residents added a block building. Which still stands today. And until a few years ago, it was the oldest operating school in Pinellas county. While Pinellas County School work crews keep an eye on the land and buildings, there is no plan to sell them, reopen them or do major maintenance to them an official with the district said. “We might be able to use them in the future, we might not,” said Ginny Pannill, a real estate analyst for the school board. In 1912, the town built a brick building behind the Clearwater School, which became the original …