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School board tightens budget

School board tightens budget

Citrus County, FL -- With a budget $32 million less than last year's, the Citrus County School Board unanimously approved its tenative budget designed to cut costs without impacting student success.

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Back to School info posted

Back to School info posted

Citrus County, FL -- Superintendent of Schools in Citrus County Sandra "Sam" Himmel welcomes parents and students to the new 2011-2012 school year in an address on the Citrus County Schools website.

In the address, Himmel acknowledges that even though the county has made progress in many areas and has received state recognition, there is still a lot of work to be done.

School grades for 2011 show all schools earning a grade "A", with the exception of Citrus High, Crystal River High, and Lecanto High where grades are pending.

Along with the 2011 - 2012 school calendar, parents can find the student dress code, meal prices and plans, supplies list for elementary, middle and high schools and enrollment information.

Citrus students awarded laptops for community volunteerism

Citrus students awarded laptops for community volunteerism

Twenty local students who have demonstrated a commitment to their community through volunteerism have been named winners of Bright House Networks’ Volunteer Youth Awards for 2011.

Each winner received a new laptop computer and computer carrying case on Friday night May 27, 2011 at Tropicana Field before the Tampa Bay Rays took on the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 p.m.

Winning students performed at least 50 hours of community service throughout the year while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or above. Winners faced stiff competition; over 150 applications for the awards were received from students throughout the seven county areas served by Bright House Networks Tampa Bay region.

Citrus County named Academically High-Performing School District

Citrus County named Academically High-Performing School District

Citrus County, FL -- Citurs County was named one of 13 school districts in the state designated as 2011-12 Academically High Performing School Districts.

Florida Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith, issued a congratulating to the districts who earned the prestigious designation.

"These districts have met the rigorous eligibility criteria as outlined in statute that includes compliance with class size, earning high school and district grades, and receiving sound financial audits," Smith said.

Students recognized into National Merit Program

Citrus County, FL -- Four Citrus County students were recognized for their participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program last week.

Director of Research and Accountability for Citrus County Schools Patrick Simon spoke at the event held at the Citrus County School Board meeting on May 11.

Simon says this is the first time in a long time the county has had students who have qualified from each of their high schools.

Heralds of Harmony

Heralds of Harmony

Citrus County, FL -- You can help the Education Foundation by listening to music.

Heralds of Harmony, an all men's a cappella chorus, will be performing at the Curtis Peterson Auditorium, 3810 W. Educational Pathway, on May 1.

They will be joined by the Harmony Explosion, a group of Citrus County high school students.

Local school will show support for teen safe driving

Local school will show support for teen safe driving

Citrus County, FL -- The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition with funding and support from The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council (NSC), will stage White Out 2011 from May 2 – 6 to keep more teens safe in the driver and passenger seats.

The Coalition is working with Florida SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapters to stage school and community events throughout the state.

Participating schools will host activities and programming to educate teens across the state in the importance of teen safe driving.