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Former school staffer sentenced to 16 years for sexually assaulting a student. Girl’s mother sues Hernando School Board.

Former school staffer sentenced to 16 years for sexually assaulting a student. Girl’s mother sues Hernando School Board.

BROOKSVILLE — A Fox Chapel Middle School staffer who sexually battered a female student multiple times last year at the school was sentenced in March to 16 years in prison. The girl’s mother has sued the Hernando County School Board for negligence.Ma...
Published: 05/16/18
Eakins ‘exploring’ a referendum to help fund Hillsborough schools. ‘We have some clear needs’

Eakins ‘exploring’ a referendum to help fund Hillsborough schools. ‘We have some clear needs’

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins announced Tuesday he is exploring a tax referendum to supplement what the district already receives from property taxes and the state.Speaking at a School Board meeting, he cited the distr...
Published: 05/15/18

Column: Some Pasco student start times, lunchtimes, passing times to change in fall

Students, teachers and staff at Pasco County’s middle and high schools will see changes in their daily schedules when they return to classes in August.Some campuses will see their start and end times shifted by a few minutes. Some will have their pas...
Published: 05/15/18
Report: Teachers shell out nearly $500 a year on school supplies

Report: Teachers shell out nearly $500 a year on school supplies

Pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, T-shirts, snacks and, sometimes, a pair of shoes: The costs add up for public school teachers who reach into their own pockets for classroom supplies, ensuring their students have the necessities of learnin...
Published: 05/15/18
Class of 2018: Jesuit’s Lazaro Alvelaez works his way to Boston College

Class of 2018: Jesuit’s Lazaro Alvelaez works his way to Boston College

TAMPA — Graduations mark new beginnings, but every new beginning begins with an end.For Lazaro Alvelaez this next step is extra bittersweet.While the Cuba native is no stranger to change, leaving his family behind as he prepares to travel more than 1...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Class of 2018: Brandon High’s Victoria Harman finds her calling in loss

Class of 2018: Brandon High’s Victoria Harman finds her calling in loss

BRANDON — The last two years of Victoria Harman’s high school career were not spent in typical teenager fashion.The 18-year-old, who will attend the University of South Florida in the fall, ran on pure motivation and endured through her grandfather’s...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/18/18
Once a homeless addict, he learned to read at 37. Now, he’s a college graduate.

Once a homeless addict, he learned to read at 37. Now, he’s a college graduate.

Freddie Sherrill was homeless, an alcoholic and drug addict, and he used to steal his kids’ Christmas presents from under the tree and sell them. He was eating out of dumpsters. He could not read or write.Sherrill spent years in and out of prison and...
Published: 05/14/18

School news for May 18

School Calendar• May 17-20: High school graduations• May 25: Last day of school for studentsBriefs• Head Start/Early Head Start applications are available at the following elementary schools: Anclote, Centennial, Chasco, Rodney B. Cox, Fox Hollow, Dr...
Published: 05/14/18
Challenger students experience Florida wetlands without leaving school

Challenger students experience Florida wetlands without leaving school

SPRING HILL — Mouths dropped as students walked through the door and were immersed in an underwater cave of the Florida aquifer, looking up at the mouth of a natural spring.Beyond the aquifer model was an equally impressive diaroma of the Florida wet...
Published: 05/14/18
The senior prom was jungle-themed, then a real wild tiger showed up

The senior prom was jungle-themed, then a real wild tiger showed up

They knew their prom night would be jungle-themed, but surely didn’t think it would be so lively.Christopher Columbus High School, which held its annual senior dance at the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center on Friday, thought it was ...
Published: 05/14/18