Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

School enrollment rebounds

Monday, Aug 29, 2016 -

Student enrollment rebounded from the first day of school to the 10th day of classes from a deficit of about 100 students to a slight increase from last year’s number...

Union wants to retain teacher contract protection

Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 -

The Highlands County School District’s teacher and support employee unions are at odds on a number of contract issues with the School Board of Highlands County.

Heartland Educational Consortium celebrates 20th anniversary

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 -

Heartland area teachers, school and district office-based administrators know about Heartland Educational Consortium, with its offices on U.S. 27 just north of Lake Plac...

School district looks to HCSO for investigative help

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 -

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office may be assisting school administrators in school-based investigations and providing training on investigatory skills for school ...

SFSC keeping it cool and safe as semester starts

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 -

On a hot and humid day, South Florida State College welcomed students to the fall semester Monday with free snow cones and bottled water at a greeting station near Buildin...

Memorial Elementary closed Tuesday after transformer fails

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 -

An electrical transformer behind the Memorial Elementary cafeteria blew out with a noise followed by smoke, but there were no flames Monday afternoon, according to Princip...

Jury: Highlands school district will pay $3 million in sexual abuse trial

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 -

Two victims in a sexual abuse lawsuit against the School Board of Highlands County have each been awarded $1.5 million after a jury trial this week in U.S. District Court fo...

SFSC Foundation hires former lawmaker as a lobbyist

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 -

Former legislator J.D. Alexander has been hired on a monthly retainer to lobby for South Florida State College in Tallahassee.

District looks to alternative to in-school suspension

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 -

Students with minor disciplinary infractions may soon be assigned to an after-school initiative instead of serving an in-school suspension.

School sales tax meeting brings 1 attendee

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 -

Maybe, everyone has already made a decision on how they would vote on the half-cent school sales tax referendum.

Solar energy may see a boost in election proposal

Monday, Aug 15, 2016 -

Florida voters are being asked in the Aug. 30 primary election to extend to commercial and industrial properties a renewable-energy tax break that residential property owne...

Memorial Elementary extends school day

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 -

Memorial Elementary School students will be in school an extra 30 minutes every day this school year to focus on their reading and language arts skills.

Schools preparing for Zika threat

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 -

While the Miami-Dade School District reacts to the Zika cases and threat in South Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is calling for preparedness for all public schools, colleges and u...

Student count down on early start to school year

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 -

Students who were dropped off by their parents at Cracker Trail Elementary were greeted by Superintendent Wally Cox who opened up car doors and directed students to the cafe...

Orientations prep parents, students for today’s start of school year

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 -

Teachers offered a friendly smile and a hello as they welcomed students to their class during back-to-school orientations, which were held at many schools on Monday. Today i...

Sales tax referendum signs on school grounds raise questions

Monday, Aug 8, 2016 -

Parents going to back-to-school orientations may have noticed a new sign visible from the parent drop-off and pickup lane.

No jackpot for schools: Lottery education funding is token amount of budget

Friday, Aug 5, 2016 -

As Florida Lottery Lotto jackpot winners grab millions, more than a billion dollars a year goes to fund K-12, college and university education statewide.

Lake Placid church center has robust six months

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016 -

The newly built Genesis Center at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Placid has taken on many functions since it opened — from a theater to a concert and banqu...

Highlands’ Zika readiness/response unchanged in wake of Miami cases

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 -

After more than a dozen non-travel related Zika infections in South Florida, local preparations remain in place, but there have been no new initiatives.

Boys & Girls Club set to open in Highway Park

Monday, Aug 1, 2016 -

The Lake Placid area will soon have a Boys & Girls Club, which is scheduled to start serving kindergarten through fifth-grade students during the first week of schoo...

Superintendent candidates offer a contrast in backgrounds/focus

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 -

The superintendent’s race in the Republican Primary Election features two very dissimilar candidates — a longtime school district employee who is a top adminis...

New teachers attend orientation

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 -

About 100 teachers attended the third and final day of the School Board of Highlands County’s New Teacher Orientation on Friday at Hill-Gustat Middle School.

School grade update highlights economic plight

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 -

A recent update on the district’s school accountability grades focused on the high rate of poverty in the district highlighted by the fact that Highlands has the thir...

Floors to ceilings – schools spruce up for early start

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 -

It looked like a spring cleaning project as Lake Placid Elementary Assistant Principal Isaac Durrance worked inside a storage room where he had emptied out numerous boxe...

Lake McCoy project plans nearing completion

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 -

The project to minimize runoff into Lake McCoy from U.S. 27 and nearby businesses continues to be in a holding pattern without a start date, but the design work will be ...

Jaycees aim to boost student fitness

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 -

A class of middle schoolers may be strapping on wrist heart rate monitors during a physical education class starting in September in a test study aimed at improving student ...

Grandson of baseball great Roger Maris to play for SFSC

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 -

Blaise Maris never met his grandfather, baseball icon Roger Maris, but he has heard numerous stories about the talented right-fielder who played for the New York Yankees.

Telesco talks pizza, prison and faith in God

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 -

While prepping for the lunch crowd at his newly opened pizza spot on Wednesday, Salverio “Sammy” Telesco candidly acknowledged one slip-up he made while pr...

SFSC looks to boost security with resource sheriff’s deputy

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 -

When the fall semester starts next month, South Florida State College may have a new permanent law enforcement presence on campus.

School tax rate may go down

Monday, Jul 18, 2016 -

While county voters mull whether to approve a sales tax referendum to fund the Highlands County School District’s infrastructure needs, there is some good news in con...

Summer food program serves thousands of meals

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 -

From summer readers to karate kids, elementary aged students filed into Woodlawn Elementary School’s cafeteria by the dozen around noon Tuesday for a hot lunch with c...

Erwin tapped to head Avon Park High School

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 -

Danielle Erwin has been selected by Superintendent Wally Cox to become the new principal of Avon Park High School.

LP man charged with attempted murder

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 -

A 32-year-old Lake Placid man has been charged with attempted murder for reportedly firing a handgun at another man, according to a Sebring Po...

School bus driver shortage persists

Monday, Jul 4, 2016 -

The numbers tell the story — the School Board of Highlands County has 101 bus routes, but only 86 are filled with regular drivers.

Schools battle attendance woes

Friday, Jul 1, 2016 -

At a recent school board meeting where student assessment scores were reported and discussed, it was noted that seven schools had 20 percent or more of their students absen...