Thursday, January 10, 2013
Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has a plan that calls for a review by a security expert, and an additional 130 armed personel at Hillsborough Schools. The extra staff would cost $4.1 million alone.
After continuing the law enforcement presence at South Tampa schools when students returned from winter break, school officials announced a long-term plan on Wednesday to continue enhanced security measures in the wake of last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. During a press conference at the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center in downtown Tampa before PTA officials and local principals, schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia discussed a "multi-faceted proposal" that will be brought to the school board at the next meeting on Jan. 15. The plan, which school officials outlined in a document passed out to the crowd, is as follows: "I wish that it wasn't necessary," said Elia. "Our lives have changed over …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
School officials want to increase the presence of security and have school psychologists on hand as a precaution, in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shootings Friday.
Additional police officers and security guards will be assigned to Hillsborough County schools Monday, officials announced. Hillsborough County school officials are taking the measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings Friday that killed 20 young students and six adults inside the Sandy Hook elementary school. Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is sending out an automated phone message today to notify parents of Monday’s plans. There have been no threats made against any Hillsborough County school. The goal is to increase the visibility and presence of security and school resource officers as a precaution. “Also, the head of psychological services has been sharing tips with principals and has made plans for…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Seffner residents arrived at 2 p.m. to get a spot in the front of the line.
Three Hillsborough County School District employees arrived at Land O' Lakes High School at 2 p.m. Saturday to make sure they were among the first inside for Mitt Romney rally. "We know we need to get (President Barack) Obama out," Donna Posey said. "This country can't last another four years with him." Posey and her husband, Robert, of Seffner, said they wanted to avoid the lines and ensure they got a good spot once inside, she said. The Poseys were joined by friend and former colleague Kathy Giel of Seminole Heights, a retired Hillsborough school district employee. And while they were waiting patiently at the front of the line to enter John Benedetto Stadium, where gates opened at about 4:30 p.m., about a dozen members of the Pasco …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
It's teacher planning day.
Hillsborough County public school students get to sleep in a little later on Friday, Oct. 19. All public schools are closed on Friday for a teacher planning day. The first grading period ended Oct. 18, which means teachers need Friday cleared to tally grades and get prepared for the next grading period. The next time students are off in Hillsborough is Monday, Nov. 12, in recognition of the Veterans Day holiday. For a complete look at the school year calendar, visit the district online. How are your kids spending their Friday off? Share your best ideas for keeping kids busy in the comments section.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Take a peek at the calendar for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.
Summer’s coming to a close and the first bells are soon to ring on the 2012-13 school year. If you’re wondering just when kids in the South Tampa area will go back to class, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the calendar for the upcoming year: First day of school – Tuesday, Aug. 21, except for Rampello students who report Aug. 14. Note that start times vary by school. Check with your kids' individual schools for this information. Editor's note: Information for this post came from the Hillsborough County Public School's website.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tropical Storm Debby won’t create a long weekend for students.
The Hillsborough County School District has announced that all summer school programs and HOST sites will be open tomorrow despite the heavy storms that have moved through the area over the weekend. According to a media release, the district intends to conduct business as usual on Monday, June 25. School buses are also expected to run their standard summer routes, as well. “Due to the heavy rains and flooding in some areas of the county during the weekend, the school district is asking that parents exercise their own judgment about whether to send their child to summer school, based on conditions in their area of the county,” the release said. Do you know of any closings? Let us know in the comments section.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Elementary and middle schools in Hillsborough County performed well on their annual report cards from the state.
Today’s release of elementary and middle school grades by the Florida Department of Education gives area schools a cause to celebrate. At a 9 a.m. news conference with Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, School Board chair Doretha Edgecomb and two principals, the superintendent pointed out that three-quarters (73 percent) of the district’s elementary schools earned an A or B grade, and half (51 percent) of the middle schools earned an A grade. Among the schools that received grades Thursday, seven Hillsborough County schools were among the top 50 statewide in terms of the points that contribute to the school grade. Hillsborough is the only district in the Tampa Bay area with schools in the top 50 in terms of points. These accomplishments are …