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Education

  • 4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest held

    The environment, sisters, a hero dad, pets, faith. The speech topics ranged the gamut for 4th and 5th graders at Williston Elementary School at the recent     4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest.
    Fifth grade teacher Carol Glass sent the speech information to all the 4th and 5th grade teachers, who coached their students. The students were responsible for writing their own speeches.

  • Can you spell ‘rambunctious’?

    Ten wordsmiths from the Levy County School District tested their spelling prowess during the district selling bee at the Bronson High School cafeteria on Friday.
    Cedar Key sixth grader Ariel Alexander carefully, but correctly, spelled out the word "rambunctious" to win the event.
    "I was really nervous," Alexander. "I practiced every day for about an hour. I've been practicing for weeks."

  • Levy teachers earn top honors

    By Mike Capshaw
    Four teachers from the Levy County School District were honored during Tuesday’s School Board of Levy County meeting in Bronson.
    The meeting kicked off with the Levy Soil and Water Conservation Teacher Awards Presentation. Chiefland’s Lita Weingart, Bronson’s Jennifer Bray and Marcia Smith all received plaques and $1,000 for their class projects. Chiefland’s Katie Jones also was honored, but not present for the presentation.

  • WES picks Golden Apples

    Good citizenship and acceptance of responsibilities are characteristics worthy of cultivation. Williston Elementary School salutes those students who have been recognized by their teachers, counselors, adminis-trators and other school personnel for these exemplary qualities.
    Golden Apples for the first nine weeks are:
    Bobby Shinn, Blaine Isaacs, J. D. Dillard, Sarah Proctor, Joyce Jimenez, Alexis Sauls, Lamonte Terrell, Aujunae Mincey, Blake Stacey, Hannah Johnson.

     

  • Levy voters turn down millage increase

    Levy County voters on Tuesday turned down a school board referendum to add 0.25 mills to the school district’s millage rate starting in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
    Voters turned down the school board referendum by a vote of 6,091-5,916, or 50.72 percent to 49.27 percent. Using this fiscal year’s numbers, the vote could cost the school district about $1.5 million over the next two years.

  • Council honors Students of the Month

    Williston City Council paid tribute to November Students of the Month at Tuesday night’s meeting.
    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat introduced the students from each of the city’s schools and presented them with certificates of excellence and gift certificates for pizza.
    Honored were:
    Joyce Bullock Elementary
    Maclayne McGowan, 2nd grade, the daughter of Paul and Scarlett McGowan who was nominated by her teacher Kim Milton.

  • School health care will cost lot more

    In a speedy, 17-minute meeting this past Tuesday, The School Board of Levy County’s semi-monthly officially approved an 11.85-percent increase in the health plan rates for district employees.
    The approval came with little discussion, as it was debated at a previous meeting in October. The increase is expected to cost the school district about $300,000. Superintendent Bob Hastings, in his closing remarks, said that the health plan increase and $335,000 in bonuses approved at their previous meeting are necessary costs to the district in a tough economic climate.

  • WHS grad ‘Teacher of the Year’ in Duval Co.

    Sadie Tillis Elementary School is in Duval County. Williston High School graduate (Class of 1987) Pamela White Penny has taught there for 10 years. Now she has been named Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 by her peers.
     Penny is the daughter of Sammie and Ruthena (Edwards) White, long-time employees of the School Board of Levy County and now retired. She is married to Larry Penny of Raleigh,. They and their two sons, Jalen and Jared, attend Potter’s House Church in Jacksonville.

  • Teachers blast salary step decision

    In a quick decision Tuesday, the School Board of Levy County passed an addition to the contract between the district and the teachers union that made salary steps for teachers a negotiated item effective July 1, 2011.

    Previously, the step increases in pay were automatic. Now they must be negotiated annually starting in 2011. During an Sept. 14 impasse hearing, the board voted unanimously to make the steps negotiable. The decision was officially added to the current contract Tuesday.

  • WES taps first group for ‘Student of the Month’

    Kudos to our first group of students who earned the title, “Student of the Month,” here at Williston Elementary School! “This year we’re recognizing one student per month in each homeroom teacher’s class,” said Marla Hiers, principal. “The teacher can choose which category: citizenship, academics or most improved. We’ve planned to hold this award ceremony the first Friday morning of each month.”