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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Anastasia Dawson

Tribune Staff

Pinellas superintendent earns high marks

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— From boosting the performances at more than a dozen failing schools to improving graduation rates and narrowing the achievement gap between black and white students, ...

In Pinellas schools, parents spell ‘Success’

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Pinellas County is home to some of the lowest-performing schools in the state and long has struggled to turn those statistics around.

Billiris, Peluso compete in school board runoff

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Beverly Billiris and Ken Peluso have been campaigning for more than six months for the District 4 Pinellas County School Board seat after Robin Wikle announced in Febr...

Flowers faces write-in candidate

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Rene Flowers is no stranger to St. Petersburg or the campaign trail.

Pinellas school employees getting 2.5% pay raises

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Pinellas County public school teachers will soon receive a 2.5 percent pay increase.

Fair seeks volunteers to mentor in schools

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— Between working her way through St. Petersburg College and studying for admittance to the University of South Florida’s medical program, Rhode Benjamin knows the v...

Clearwater festival showcases Hispanic heritage

- An estimated 13,000 people came to Coachman Park to help highlight the area's diversity. It was the biggest public event put on by the city.

Magnet program draws East Lake middle schoolers

- East Lake High School became the first in Pinellas County to add a middle school Academy of Engineering, and welcomed 396 middle schoolers.

Pinellas schools to return 28 M16 rifles

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— After a firestorm of questions from parents and school board members, the Pinellas County school district’s internal police force will return 28 military surpl...

Powerboat race brings thousands to Clearwater Beach

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— With a roar somewhere between a jet engine and a race car, the Sixth Annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship ignited the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on S...

Pinellas schools getting $1.1 million to go digital

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Pinellas County classrooms will get more than $1 million in computers, bandwidth access, programs and training to prepare for the new state standards for digital learning.

Pinellas School Board adopts Student Progression Plan changes

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High school students’ weighted grade point averages now will qualify them for the honor roll and dean’s list, school officials said.

Pinellas teachers to get pay boost

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— Pinellas County public school teachers are in line to receive a 2.5 percent pay increase, officials said.

Pinellas school district on a mission to make college education affordable

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The cost of college is climbing, and financial aid programs are running dry. But if the Pinellas County school district succeeds in its mission to expand its partners...

The Children’s Initiative is expanding to several Pinellas schools

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— Some of Pinellas County’s lowest performing schools are beginning a new program that combines high expectations for parents and a variety of social services in...

Pinellas schools add M16 rifles to police cache

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— The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M16 rifles for its internal police department, according to Law Enforcement Support Office documents.

Pinellas charter school Plato Academy builds on success

- Plato Academy started out like many Pinellas County charter schools: broke, failing and struggling to keep students in the classroom.

Taste of Dunedin kicks off city’s Restaurant Week

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— Gray clouds and a light sprinkle didn’t deter hundreds of hungry festivalgoers from standing outside Pensare Italian Bistro and Wine Bar Sunday afternoon, anxious to ...

Clearwater firefighter runs in memory of Sept. 11 fallen

- Fire and Rescue Lt. Mark Wing cut a haunting figure Thursday morning, running across Clearwater Beach in full firefighter gear, hoisting an American flag.

Pinellas school budget has room to grow

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Four new magnet programs, two new schools, a major remodeling project and new technology in every classroom are a few of the items on the Pinellas County school districtȁ...

Divers in Gulf stalk invasive species at Lionfish Safari

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— The scene at TradeWinds’ Guy Harvey Outpost on Sunday morning was a hodgepodge assembly line of fishermen weighing catches, scientists analyzing samples and hi...

Pinellas schools flip decade-old trend

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— Enrollment in Pinellas County’s public schools is increasing for the first time in a decade, school officials said.

Palm Harbor University High ranked among best in Florida for college prep

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— Palm Harbor University High School is the best in Pinellas County and among the top schools in the state when it comes to preparing students for college, according to...

Growing USF revitalizes downtown St. Petersburg

- As USF St. Petersburg has grown from a meager satellite school to a separately accredited institution, the surrounding city has become a home and hangout for more senior students than senior citizens.

Tampa-area high school students face online deadline

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— High school seniors this year will be the first class required to have completed an online course before they can graduate, and nearly one in three may have to squeeze...

Sleep Walk in St. Pete raises awareness of disorders

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. PETE BEACH — Lauren Saslow rose with the sun Sunday morning to embark on a 2 mile walk on St. Pete Beach. But just a few years ago, it was a struggle to wake up before noon, or ma...

Lerner wins record Pinellas school board term

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. PETERSBURG — Linda Lerner opted not to throw a party Tuesday night, instead spending the evening with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and neighbor at her Seminole home, eating g...

Students, Rowdies team up to make fitness fun

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Pinellas County physical education teachers are hoping a workout video made with the Tampa Bay Rowdies will encourage their students to be a bit rowdier in and out of...

Fire destroys Vietnamese church in St. Petersburg

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. PETERSBURG — A fire ripped through a St. Petersburg church Sunday morning, displacing its congregation for the morning services and changing polling locations for the Aug. 26 prim...

In Pinellas, Head Start starts again

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The Head Start program has been around since 1965, but its history in Pinellas County has some gaps. This school year, however, the program is back and hoping to expan...