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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.

  • Asbell assumes chairmanship on School Board; Etheridge picked as vice chairman

    Cameron Asbell was unanimously voted the new chairman of the School Board of Levy County Nov. 28.

    Rick Turner offered the nomination of Asbell.

    “Mr. Superintendent (Jeff Edison),” Turner said, “it is with honor and a great privilege I offer to you in the form of a nomination the most honorable and admirable Cameron Asbell to serve as chair of the Levy County School Board.”

  • CKS students share poems at School Board

    A group of three Cedar Key School students joined Principal Joshua Slemp at the School Board of Levy County meeting Nov. 14 to discuss recent school projects, including the 28th Annual Young Author’s Conference.

    Sophomores Michele Debari, Michael Smith and Zander Stanley each read poems they authored and submitted for the conference. The templates for the poems by the middle and high school students were inspired by ‘Where I’m From’ by George Ella Lyon.

  • Outstanding CKS educators recognized

    By Burlynne Mejeris, Shark correspondent

    Congratulations to Cedar Key School Teacher of the Year Carrie Tomlin and Educational Support Personnel of the Year Sue Penny!

    Ms. Carrie and Ms. Sue were selected for their honors by the faculty and staff at CKS.

  • Distinguished CKS couple joining school’s graduation for retirement

    Cedar Key School’s class of 2018 has a couple of honorary members, Coach Brad and Miss Sue, who will be "graduating" to retirement following the CKS graduation in May 2018. The Pennys, seen here walking back to school following a photo shoot with the senior class Nov. 14, plan to retire at the end of the school year following 30 years of unwavering support for the Sharks.

  • CKS Beta Club leads with service

    Members of the Cedar Key School Beta Club put their organization's motto – ‘Let Us Lead By Serving Others’ – into action Nov. 15 by working on a project for the entire community to enjoy. The service that Beta members were providing involved preparing more than two dozen wreaths that will be used to decorate City Park.

  • CKS AVID students refurbish storm drains

    By Gibbs Yearty, Shark correspondent

    CKS AVID students refurbish storm drains

    Members of the Cedar Key School AVID classes gave a fresh, new look to the storm drain signs on G Street Nov. 17!

    The storm drains were originally painted by CKS students a few years ago, but had faded over time. The new signs bear the same purple and gold message – Shark Pride, Protect the Tide, Dump No Waste.

  • CKS Travel Club hosting spaghetti dinner

    The CKS Travel Club will be hosting a spaghetti dinner in the Doug Bishop Auditorium on November 29th. The meal includes a spaghetti dish, rolls, salad, a dessert, and a drink. The dinner will be held from 5:30-7pm with multiple door prizes, and live music from Grace Cowart. During this time, the book fair in the library will also be open. Tickets are $10 a piece, sold by any member of the Travel Club.

  • 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.