The Pinellas County school district has announced how it will make up one of the seven school days missed by Hurricane Irma.
The first make-up day will be Monday, Oct. 16. The date is marked on the 2017-18 school district calendar as a non-student day that could be used as a hurricane day.
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Monday that she will waive two days from the state requirement that districts hold 180 days of classes....
LARGO — They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.
But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversial education bill that, critics say, unfairly favors charter schools.
The School Board voted unanimously to join the suit and contribute $25,000 to the fight, becoming the 12th Florida school district — and the only one in the Tampa Bay area — to do so. ...
The Pinellas County School Board will vote this afternoon on whether to join at least 11 other school districts in a lawsuit against the Florida Legislature over a controversial, charter-friendly bill.
Students across Florida returned to school Monday, still reeling from power outages and food shortages caused by Hurricane Irma.
To help families still in a bind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that students in 48 school districts across the state, including those in the Tampa Bay area, will receive free breakfast and lunch until Oct. 20. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam also has requested flexibility for school districts that may not be able to meet national nutritional requirements because of shortages and delayed deliveries....
All eyes will be on the Pinellas County School Board as it will hold a vote to join 11 other school districts in a lawsuit against the Florida Legislature over a controversial, charter-friendly bill.
Aside from that vote at the 3:30 p.m. board meeting, the board will have a packed day Tuesday with an 11 a.m. workshop and second public hearing on the budget and tax rate at 5:01 p.m. Here's what you should keep an eye on.
- The School Board is expected to approve a $1.5 billion budget and revised tax rate. Board members will discuss levying a proposed rate of $7.01 for every $1,000 of taxable property value, which is lower than last year's rate of $7.32....
All Pinellas County public schools are expected to open Monday following seven school days off due to Hurricane Irma.
But four schools either have no power or do not have power fully restored as of 4 p.m. Friday.
District spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra said Lakeview Fundamental in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater are both still without power. Bear Creek Elementary and 74th Street Elementary, both in St. Petersburg, have power partially restored. Parra did not specify what that meant for both schools....
Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg has been burglarized, police discovered overnight Thursday.
St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said a school staff member discovered the break-in, which police say occurred sometime over the period the school was closed due to Hurricane Irma. She said items were strewn about, but investigators will check back with school administrators when school resumes next week to determine which items are missing....
Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego is urging the School Board to join 11 other Florida districts in challenging a controversial law that steers more control and public dollars to charter schools.
Board members are expected to vote on his recommendation at their regular meeting Tuesday.
The board has discussed the possibility of joining a lawsuit since July, when Broward County school officials led the way by vowing to sue the Legislature over the law. Many board members appear to favor moving ahead with the challenge....
TAMPA — Sweaty from running with neighborhood pals, 7-year-old Aiden Rodriguez paused beneath the shaded shelter at the Villa Rosa community park before heading back for more.
Hurricane Irma had kept them indoors for days, but now Aiden and his friends could spread out. They had been at play for four hours, with three moms keeping an eye on their children and those of other parents....
The Tampa Bay area hasn’t suffered a direct hit from a hurricane since 1929. Did American Indians who roamed the land centuries ago protect Pinellas with a blessing?
Depends on who you ask, says Rui Farias, who knows a thing or two about local history. When he’s not teaching a Florida history class at St. Petersburg High, he works as executive director of the Saint Petersburg Museum of History near the Pier....
Candy Mortenson's Hyundai Santa Fe sat idle on the shoulder of the Pinellas Bayway.
She had been there for 30 minutes, and soon she could maybe put her mind at ease. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was set to open access to the barrier islands at 4 p.m.
While she was packing up to evacuate her own home and her mother's home ahead of Hurricane Irma, only four out of her five cats made it to the car. Bobbi, who Mortenson rescued from a dumpster, had bolted out of her carrier, never to be seen before the family left for a hotel on higher ground in St. Petersburg....
ST. PETERSBURG — The city was mostly spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, but the danger isn't over yet.
Mayor Rick Kriseman made that point clear during a news conference Monday at the city's Water Resource department. He said the city is not aware of any lives lost due to the storm, but worried some lives could be claimed by those who come into contact with downed power lines....
ST. PETERSBURG — The shelter at St. Petersburg High School feels like home to Carla Gamble.
With the heads-up from a community policeman, she was the first to arrive Saturday when the school was opened to accommodate a new wave of evacuees from Hurricane Irma. Her neon green wristband was marked with a 1.
That policeman was there, and as residents trickled in, Gamble, 49, recognized familiar faces: other community police officers, former classmates, co-workers from old jobs and other homeless people from Williams Park, where she had recently been staying....
Thousands of people are taking the threat of harm from Hurricane Irma seriously in Pinellas County.
About 20,000 people were holed up in 17 shelters in Pinellas County. All but one, Sexton Elementary School on 54th Avenue N., was still taking evacuees when county emergency officials announced around 11:30 a.m. that evacuees had an hour to get to a shelter.
There were more than 1,700 special needs evacuees taking shelter and about as many pets. Here are some scenes from inside Pinellas County shelters....
Hurricane Irma continued its ominous march toward Florida on Friday as residents prepared to escape or survive the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded.
In Tampa Bay, the wait grew more anxious: The latest forecasts show the monster storm making landfall near Naples on Sunday before making its expected trek up the state, bringing it closer to the bay area....