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Hillsborough Schools to announce major donation

Hillsborough Schools to announce major donation

Tampa, Florida --The Hillsborough School District is talking up its first single-single gender schools.

The District will hold a news conference Tuesday May 24 at 11:15 a.m. at the Raymond Shelton Administration Center, 901 East Kennedy Blvd. in Downtown Tampa.

Superintendent MaryEllen Elia will be there to announce a donation to Hillsborough County Public Schools' first single-gender schools scheduled to open next school year.

Superintendent Elia and Step Up for Students Chairman Kirtley will discuss their efforts to work together to promote school choice in Hillsborough County.  

Kirtley, who in 2001 persuaded Florida lawmakers to create a statewide tax credit scholarship program to enable low-income students to attend private schools, has been working with HCPS and broadening his efforts to increase school choice.
 

Sen. Nelson meets with future Military Academy students

Sen. Nelson meets with future Military Academy students

At a reception today, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will host some of the nation’s future heroes, the select few Florida high school graduates chosen to attend one of America’s military academies.  The reception honoring the students will be held in the Davis Conference Center at MacDill Air Force Base.

The application process for appointments to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is highly competitive.  Candidates must be nominated by their congressional representative, one of their U.S. senators, the vice president or president.

Reception for incoming service academy students

Saturday, May 21, 2011

3:00 p.m.

Davis Conference Center

MacDill Air Force Base

Hillsborough School Board to hold recognition ceremony

Hillsborough School Board to hold recognition ceremony

Tampa, Florida --The Hillsborough School Board will recognize the  accomplishments of several organizations at 5:10 p.m. on May 24 at the Raymond Shelton School Administrative Center Auditorium  901 East Kennedy Blvd in Downtown Tampa.

Among those being recognized are: the 2011 Business Partnership award winners; District and State Sports Champions for Middle and High School; Schools and Individuals that Provided Exhibits and Supported the 2011 Florida State Fair; Finalists and Winners of the 2010/2011 Hillsborough County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest; and Award Winners Sponsored by the Hillsborough County Elementary Mathematics Council for the First Half of the 2010/2011 School Year.

Students at Berkeley Prep get ready to give back

Students at Berkeley Prep get ready to give back

Town 'N' Country -- Seniors at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa are spending part of their last week of school volunteering for various nonprofit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

On Thursday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the class of 2011 is breaking into groups to volunteer at the following organizations:

In addition to volunteering in the community, the seniors help to organize their end-of-year community service projects because it’s a great opportunity to participate in something meaningful and productive during their final moments together as a class.

Hillsborough expecting wave of teacher retirements

Hillsborough expecting wave of teacher retirements

Tampa, Florida (AP) -- Hillsborough County school officials are bracing for a large number of early retirements in the teaching ranks.

Officials cite changes to Florida's pension system and a tougher evaluation system as reasons some teachers may retire early. The school district's benefits manager told the St. Petersburg Times this week that nearly 370 teachers have already filed paperwork to leave the classroom at the end of the school year.

See Also: Hillsborough's school bus cuts

Tampa Bay competes for $1 million prize

Tampa Bay competes for $1 million prize

Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Bay region has registered to compete against 50 U.S. cities for the $1 million Talent Dividend Prize awarded by CEOs for Cities.

The prize will be awarded to the metropolitan area that exhibits the greatest increase in the number of post secondary degrees granted per 1,000 population through 2013.

A national promotional campaign centered around talent development will be launched for the winning city.

ONE BAY: Lifelong Learning is working to coordinate all three major Tampa Bay metro areas (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater; Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice; and Lakeland-Winter Haven MSAs) in the competition to increase educational attainment over the next few years.

Two Sarasota New College students receive teaching award in France

Two Sarasota New College students receive teaching award in France

Sarasota, Florida -- Two New College of Florida students will travel to France next year under a teaching assistantship grant awarded by the French government.

Christopher Hanks, of Seffner, Fla., will teach in Guyane (French Guiana) and Tess Somerville, of Newport, R.I., will teach in Provence, France, in the area of Aix-Marseille. Fifteen New College of Florida students have been awarded the French Government Teaching Assistantships since 2000.

Somerville, whose areas of concentration at New College are French and English, has been studying French for 11 years. While in France, Somerville plans to develop her fluency in Spanish as well.