Archive for May, 2013

Ocala.com Reporting: Marion County School District lays off 261 employees

Ocala.com Reporting Marion County School District lays off 261 employees The School District on Friday laid off 261 employees — including all 160 first-year teachers — to fill a $29 million funding gap for 2013-14. The 101 other layoffs are: • 16 middle and high school clerks • 13 physical education technicians • 72 district-funded […]

Recent School Board Meeting Clarifications

Recent School Board Meeting Clarifications There have been several misunderstandings as to what took place at the workshop and board meeting and as well as misunderstandings regarding who suggested what and what will happen next. If you missed any portion of the meeting or if you have not had a chance to see the meeting […]

Getting to the Graduation

Getting to the Graduation “Take off your shoes.” I got to the parking lot with time to spare.  I checked to make sure I had everything I needed and nothing I didn’t. I ran to the gate, got checked in, and went through the metal detectors and security scanners where security reminded me, “Take off […]

Planning for Next School Year

Planning for Next School Year These days, when as School Board Members we are not at Award Ceremonies, Retirement Parties, graduations, or end of the year events– school administrators, district staff, the executive team and the school board have been deep in budget and staff planning for next school year. Many of you are aware […]

Chronicle: School board wants to hear more about Media Specialist

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Chronicle: School board wants to hear more about Media Specialist By Eryn Worthington Wednesday, May 15, 2013 “The Citrus County School Board on Tuesday postponed action on a budget-cutting plan that would eliminate media specialist positions in elementary and middle schools… …After hearing from media specialists, principals, staff and spouses, board members elected to postpone […]

Citrus Teacher One of Five State Finalist for Teach of the Year

Citrus Teacher One of Five State Finalist for Teach of the Year Dr. Tony Bennett, Florida Department of Education commissioner came down from Tallahassee on Thursday to join Superintendent Sam Himmel and the Citrus High School staff to do the ‘Cains’ version of the “Harlem Shake” and announce that Nancy Smith, from Citrus High School, […]