Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The incoming chancellor formerly led a branch campus of Penn State University.
Dr. Sophia Wisniewska is the new chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Wisniewska, 61, has led Penn State Brandywine for the past eight years. She was tapped from a field of 784 applications, the Tampa Bay Times reports. She replaces Margaret Sullivan, who resigned last summer. According to the The Tampa Bay Times, Wisniewska said in a phone interview after her appointment was announced Tuesday: "I think the institution has more of an opportunity to establish its own reputation, its own ranking, and to move forward with developing new programs and new service." Judy Genshaft, the president of the USF System, announced the appointment on the USF St. Pete website. In an open letter to…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The 11-year-old student climbed onto the roof of Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
Updated, 5:05 p.m.: Officials say the student who was on the roof of Azalea Middle School on Tuesday has been safely taken into custody and students have been dismissed. The 11-year-old girl apparently gained access to the roof by climbing onto an awning, according to a St. Petersburg Police spokesperson. "It has been discovered that prior to leaving her classroom the student did leave a note with a classmate threatening to harm herself," spokesperson Mike Puetz wrote in a media release. "The student now claims she was not going to jump, but just wanted to be by herself." Dismissal was delayed by the incident but the school was not placed on lockdown, Pinellas County Schools spokesperson Melanie Marquez Parra told Patch. Officers will be …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Students in St. Petersburg won't have to go to school on Monday, Feb. 18.
Public school students in St. Pete won't have to go to school Monday in honor of Presidents Day. Pinellas County Schools are closed Monday, Feb. 18, for a professional development day for school employees. The next time Pinellas public school students will have an official day off will be for the start of the spring holiday, which lasts from March 25-29, according to the district's 2013 school calendar. Sign up for the St. Pete Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A new program at USF St. Petersburg will allow students, faculty and the general public to rent a car by hour, day or overnight. People can reserve one of two vehicles parked at USFSP through the new car-sharing program on campus.
USF St. Petersburg's new car-sharing program was announced Tuesday by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and USFSP Interim Regional Chancellor Bill Hogarth. Officials say the program offers an environmentally sustainable, efficient and cost effective alternative for students, faculty and the general public. "The students and the general public who weren't required to have a car to have a great time here at USFSP, they can get in a car, pick up a friend at the airport, bring them back to downtown, they can go to the beach, they can go around this beautiful city," Foster said. The car-sharing program is open immediately to students and faculty members of USFSP and will be open to the general public in the coming weeks. The program is designed …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Local police are looking for the owner of the ring, which turned up in a box of lost property at the South Melbourne Market, an Australian newspaper reports.
Lose a graduation ring from St. Petersburg High School? It may be Down Under. Local police in Australia are looking for the owner of a 1947 gold ring that turned up in a box of lost property at the South Melbourne Market, according to the Port Phillip Review. The school has confirmed the graduation ring belonged to a William C. Yarbrough, former president of the Drama Club, homeroom vice president and a member of the Chemistry Club, the Australian newspaper reports. The paper says it searched U.S. Census records and found two people by that name, "one whose father was an auditor in the fruit and vegetable industry." Anyone with information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org — but be sure to let Patch know, too, at email@example.com.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Pinellas School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors who would evaluate students identified as potential security risks and make sure they get treatment, TBO.com reports.
The Pinellas County School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors to evaluate students identified as potential security risks in an attempt to keep schools safer in the wake of the recent Connecticut shootings, TBO.com reports. Board member Renee Flowers, who floated the proposal at a board workshop Tuesday, told the news site the counselors would talk to students identified by school guidance counselors and follow up to be sure they get help if needed. The board has asked the school district to review its policies to see if such a proposal is possible, TBO reports. Flowers said officials would still need to figure out how to cover the cost for students who aren't covered by insurance, and that parents would need to give …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Florida governor is expected to use a portion of a projected budget surplus to pay for the raise. Florida teachers have been vocal opponents of the governor's spending cuts.
How do you spell "relief"? Florida teachers certainly may be feeling some relief, since Gov. Rick Scott indicated that he will use Florida's first budget surplus in five years for an across-the-board pay raise for public school teachers. The Bradenton Herald is reporting that Scott will announce the plan Wednesday in Orlando. The details of the pay raise, including the amount, have yet to be released. Florida teachers have been among the angry protesters at many of Scott's event, opposing spending cuts that affect their salaries and benefits. Scott is seeking re-election and has been extending a hand -- with some debit cards -- to teachers, according to the Bradenton Herald. He called for $250 debit cards for all teachers to help cover the…
Monday, January 21, 2013
College juniors and seniors majoring in political science, public administration or business administration, journalism or mass communications at an accredited Florida college could be eligible for a $1,200 scholarship.
College juniors and seniors majoring in political science, public administration or business administration, journalism or mass communications at an accredited Florida college could be eligible for a $1,200 scholarship. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, comprised of the 67 county supervisors, awards the scholarship. “College tuition continues to increase, and we are looking for eligible students who could benefit from this scholarship from our state association,” Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, said in a release. Requirements including being registered to vote, letters of recommendation and financial need. The complete requirements are listed on the scholarship application and in the …
The application period to enroll your student at a magnet, fundamental or career academy program is Wednesday, Jan. 23. Pinellas County Schools is offering hands-on help all day Tuesday at its central office in Largo.
Monday, January 21
Parents, Wednesday is the deadline to submit applications to get your child into a Pinellas County magnet, fundamental or career academy program. The school district is offering hands-on help all day Tuesday for parents who may need hands-on assistance, according to a Pinellas County Schools news release. Drop by the Pinellas County Schools' Student Assignment Office, 301 4th St SW, Largo, between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Parents may also call the office at 727-588-6210. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Jan. 23. For more information visit the Pinellas County Schools website at www.pcsb.org.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The USF-sponsored contest not only encourages creativity and ingenuity in schoolchildren, it also rewards them for their efforts.
As any parent knows, kids always have a million ideas floating around in their heads. Whether it’s finding a better way to make their beds or an easier way to turn the pages of their textbooks, there’s no limit to a child’s capacity to come up with new ways to do things. Anton Hopen, a local patent lawyer and USF grad, decided to do something to help stimulate these ideas and provide kids with an outlet for their creativity. Five years ago, Hopen founded the Young Innovator Competition, a contest open to grades K - 12 in eight Tampa Bay counties, as a way to encourage kids’ creative side while rewarding the best ideas. “We ask the kids who enter the competition to think of a problem, come up with a solution, and tell us what they can do …