• 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."

  • School Board overturns automatic pay increases

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously voted on Tuesday to change the language of the school district’s contract with the Levy County Education Association, altering the language so that automatic salary step increases for teachers and employees will now be negotiated annually between the parties.
    Both sides argued their cases before the board during an impasse hearing at the School Board’s offices in Bronson. The decision alters an agreement that has been in place for 30 years in the school district.

  • Levy schools back in contention for $1.1 million

    The School Board of Levy County is eligible for $1.1 million over four years from the federal Race to the Top fund, according to Superintendent Bob Hastings.

    Speaking before the school board on Tuesday, Hastings said he received word from the Florida Department of Education that Levy County was still eligible for the money from the federal education program.

  • The legacy will live on

    They came in droves to honor a teacher, a mentor, an outdoorsman, a sportman, a father, a leader.

    After teaching 37 years at Williston High School, Robert Philpot has decided to retire and Saturday marked a reception to honor his commitment to the students and people of Williston.

    For more than two hours, one by one–and sometimes in pairs and triples–people came forth and told the hundreds of people in attendance how much the teacher had influenced their lives.

  • WMS calls for parents of rising sixth graders

    Attention to Parents of Rising Sixth Graders:

    Williston Middle School is excitedly anticipating your child transitioning from fifth grade to sixth grade. Our desire is to make the transition a smooth one and positive academic growth and low anxiety. We believe the key to making this a reality for your child and your family includes having information about WMS and getting answers to your questions. To facilitate this we have scheduled the following dates of orientation: