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Education

  • Board, union clash over pay for experienced teachers

    Levy County Education Association President Cindy Roach says a recent change to school board policy, designed to save the district money, could end up costing more than it saves.

    In Tuesday’s meeting of the Levy County School Board, the board held a public hearing on three proposed changes to board policy. The first, pertaining to a plan to return to weighted GPAs in order to more fairly determine valedictorians and salutatorians, passed with minimal comment.

  • WHS Open House is Aug. 20

    Williston High School will hold its open house on Thursday, Aug. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Student schedules will be distributed at this time, along with a general supply list for all classes. Additional supply lists will be provided to students by teachers in each course during the first week of school.

    To register your child for classes, please see Ms. Tindale at WHS to pick up an enrollment package as soon as possible. The school is currently open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you may call at 528-3542.

  • WMS Open House is Aug. 20

    Williston Middle School will hold Open House Thursday, Aug. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Students may pick up their schedules and parent information will be provided.

    Guided walk-through for new and returning students will be  Friday, Aug. 218:30 a.m. – noon. 

  • Bad news day for school board

    The new school year is set to begin, and the School Board of Levy County finds itself facing some fearsome challenges. Administrators are trying to maintain a disciplined, yet nurturing, learning environment, while dealing with looming budget cuts, the possibility of severe weather, and the ever-growing possibility of an outbreak of H1N1 — Swine Flu — virus.

    Jeff Edison, director of administration, recounted his recent meeting with the State Health Board on the flu issue, and what steps will be taken to avoid any outbreaks of the illness.

  • School Reunions

    WHS 1980-1989

    Williston High School, Classes 1980-1989 will hold a reunion June 27 from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. at Williston Crossings Resort, 410 NE 5th St., Williston.

    The class of 1989 will be honored as it commemorates its 20th reunion.

    The cost is $45 per person and a cash bar will be available. Only 300 tickets are available and must be purchased in advance. Attire is dressy/casual.

    For tickets visit www.luanncox.com/whsclassreunion or send checks payable to Susan Parks, P.O. Box 770244, Ocala, FL 34477-0244.

  • New software will screen visitors to JBE

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School administrators are taking extra precaution this fall to ensure they know just who is on their campus.

    Frances LaSalle, assistant principal, came before the Williston Chamber of Commerce last week to inform members of software the school hopes to purchase to help regulate the more than 6,000 visitors to their school each year.

    LaSalle said the new software would scan a visitor’s driver’s license and would tap into the sex offender database to alert administrators to any potentially dangerous guests at the school.

  • Livestock team heading to Denver

    The Levy County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently attended livestock judging competitions at State level. The Senior Team placed second and earned the qualification to attend the National Livestock Judging Competition in Denver Colorado.

    The 4-H Senior Team members are: Krystal Munnerlyn in the front (Chiefland 4-H); from back left to right: Ella Merrill (Morriston Cowpokes 4-H), Jaden Fant (Morriston Cowpokes 4-H), and Tevin Mills (DoubleSink 4-H).

  • Back-to-School Rally is Aug. 8

    WE SOAR, Inc., will host the 15th Annual Back-to-School Rally on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 48 NE 9th Street, Williston.

    A rally program will feature the WE SOAR Step/Mime team and other youth performing arts groups. There will be free school supply packs (assembled by appropriate grade-level), door prizes and refreshments.

    This event was designed to promote school readiness as well as provide school supplies to the youth and families throughout the community.

  • Stuff the Bus is Aug. 15

    Take advantage of back-to-school specials now and buy school supplies to help the Levy Schools Foundation Stuff the Bus on Aug. 15.

    All supplies collected will be distributed among the county’s teachers for use by Levy County students.

    In Williston, a bus will be at Hitchcock’s Foodway from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and in Bronson it will be at the Buy N Save Grocery.

    Cash donations are welcomed and will be used to buy supplies in bulk.

    Items needed include:

    • Pens

    • Pencils

    • Erasers

  • Williston teen tours Europe as ambassador in People to People Program

    WOW! That’s all I can really say. Europe was awesome, though it was kinda dirty and there were a lot of beggars and people wanting to steal stuff it was still nice and beautiful.

    As a quick overview these are the things that I did on my trip. The first day after about a 10-hour flight, we arrived in Paris in the morning so we stayed up about 36 hours straight just looking around and getting to know the delegates with us.