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Education

  • 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.”

  • ‘PAWS-itively’ powerful

    “Don’t do this!” and “Don’t do that!” all the whole day long. Maybe this was the approach with which many of us were most familiar growing up, but what if someone noticed when we made a good choice, did the right thing? Williston Elementary School’s assistant principal, Angel Thomas, has brought an additional piece to the discipline puzzle we call the Positive Behavior System (PBS).

  • Hastings says district cannot meet state goal

       During his closing remarks at Tuesday's School Board of Levy County meeting, Superintendent Bob Hastings voiced his support for changing the state's class-size amendment.
       Hastings said that there was "no way" the district could meet the amendment's requirements this year, which means the state could impose penalties that could total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    "There's no way we're going to meet it 100 percent," Hastings said. "One size does not fit all."