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Records reveal extent of Hillsborough schools cool air crisis

Records reveal extent of Hillsborough schools cool air crisis

TAMPA — The first request to fix a malfunctioning air conditioner at a Hillsborough County school came at 6:20 a.m. on the first day of classes. Benito Elementary reported on Aug. 10 that the AC units in some classrooms wouldn’t turn on at all. The very next complaints came from Chiles Elementary in New Tampa and Folsom Elementary in Thonotosassa: […]

Half-cent tax revenue chips away at mountain of facility needs in Hernando schools

Half-cent tax revenue chips away at mountain of facility needs in Hernando schools

BROOKSVILLE — A new roof at Pinegrove Elementary School. An updated gymnasium at Challenger K-8. Patched leaks, new air conditioning systems and replaced flooring. The list of recent improvements at Hernando County schools goes on and on. The district has routed more than $21 million in funding to school projects since 2015, when Hernando County voters agreed to a half-cent […]

Jesuit building drive passes $50M

Jesuit building drive passes $50M

Jesuit High president Fr. Richard C. Hermes closed the school’s “For Greater Glory” capital campaign last week with news that the drive had surpassed $50 million. Hermes made the announcement at Jesuit’s annual President’s Circle Dinner. It launched the drive in 2015 with a $35 million goal, and increased the target to $40 million in 2016. The $50 million mark […]

Voters flocked to Tuesdays primary, then skipped parts of the ballot. What does that mean for November?

Voters flocked to Tuesdays primary, then skipped parts of the ballot. What does that mean for November?

Election supervisors across the Tampa Bay area cheered a higher-than-expected voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary. Participation ranged from nearly 25 percent in Pasco County to just over 31 percent in Pinellas. That was 6 to 15 points higher than the typical turnout for a local primary contest in recent years. In Pinellas, you would have to go back to 1978 […]

Polk County testing schools for lead, four positive so far

Polk County testing schools for lead, four positive so far

The Polk County School District will be testing all 150 of its schools for lead levels over the next several months. So far, out of the five schools tested, four of them have had at least one elevated lead level. Cleveland Court, Union Academy, Inwood Elementary and Winston Academy of Engineering each have traces of lead, according to the agency. […]

Helios rewards USF Black Leadership Network a $2.1-million grant

Helios rewards USF Black Leadership Network a $2.1-million grant

When Bell It software company owner Jerry Bell, Integral Energy CEO Anddrikk Frazier and other members founded the University of South Florida Black Leadership Network in 2016, they sought to enhance education and leadership opportunities for African-American students in the USF System through endowed scholarships and programmatic initiatives. The membership has since created and funded a number of scholarships for […]