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Education

  • Private donor to fund AC for CKS gym

    The Cedar Key School gym could be about to get cooler.

    A private donor couple, who remain anonymous, has offered a sum to cover the installation of an air conditioning system at the school’s gym.

    School Board of Levy County chair Chris Cowart introduced the news at the Board meeting on Sept. 18.

    “(CKS principal Joshua) Slemp called me and said somebody wants to donate some money and they’d like it to be earmarked to give the Cedar Key gym air conditioning,” Cowart said.

  • CKS welcomes new, promoted employees

    As the new school year begins, Cedar Key School is welcoming a handful of new employees as well as familiar faces in new positions.

    Amber Ryan is the new pre-K teacher, replacing Elaine Rains, who retired at the end of the school year.

    Coach John Miller is the new PE teacher and boys’ basketball coach, replacing Vance Dickey, who resigned after the basketball season, and Cris Beckham, who filled in as PE teacher during April and May.

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Higher learning

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • Cedar Key School improves on school assessments

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

  • School Board lashes out at direction of state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As SBLC finance director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • Edison, Board join call against ed bill

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • Free PreK extended to full day in Levy

    The School Board of Levy County has agreed to a major change to the Prekindergarten program, significantly expanding its free service.

    Four- and 5-year-olds have already been eligible for free prekindergarten instruction for the first three hours of the school day under Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).

    Starting next school year, the Board has now made prekindergarten free for the entire day, beyond the three hours of VPK instruction. That includes free transportation to and from the care center as well as breakfast and lunch.

  • Cedar Key School ranked as one of the best schools in U.S. News & World Report

    Cedar Key School is among the high schools that have been recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 2017 Best High Schools in the United States.

    In total, U.S. News ranked the 6,041 highest-scoring U.S. schools (out of the 20,487 evaluated). Many Florida schools were included in the rankings; 39 received gold medals, 137 received silver medals and 63 received bronze medals.

    Cedar Key received a Bronze ranking even though it’s graduation rate tied that of Chiefland High School, which received a Silver ranking.

  • O'Steen, Allen are top Cedar Key grads

    Cedar Key School's top students in the class of 2017 are Abigail O'Steen, valedictorian, and Ashlyn Allen, salutatorian. Abigail and Ashlyn have been lifelong Cedar Key Sharks; they began school together in the fall of 2003 when they entered pre-K and have been classmates ever since. Both will speak at the commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 20th in the Cedar Key gymnasium.