Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Valero, Marc

Highlands Today

District plans Louisiana trip to find teachers

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 -

Highlands School District administrators will be Louisiana bound next month to recruit teachers due to a shortage of educators in the county and statewide.

Former employee sues LP

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 -

A former town employee, claiming he was fired for filing a workers compensation claim, is suing the Town of Lake Placid in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.

School board will meet at Sebring Middle School

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 -

SEBRING — To accommodate what has become overflow crowds in recent years of parents and students during the recognition of perfect FCAT scores, the School Board of Highlands County will meet in a larger venue on T...

Former Azure students resume studies at SFSC

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 -

After a financial aid problem at Azure College in Sebring, about 20 former students of the private nursing college resumed their studies Monday at South Florida State Coll...

Lake Placid approves budget/tax rate

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 -

The town council approved the town’s property tax rate and final 2014-15 budget on Monday.

High schools expand industry certification programs

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 -

The Highlands County School District’s high school students are doing more than earning a diploma.

District faces teacher shortage as enrollment grows

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County’s enrollment continues to outpace last year’s numbers, which is a positive for state funding and is based on the student c...

A change for the better? Education initiative remains a hot button issue

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 -

Call it Common Core or the Florida Standards, the new state educational standards designed to better prepare students for college and the job market has fired up critics, fr...

LP approves zoning for child day care

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 -

The shortage of child day care options in the Lake Placid area may be alleviated with plans by the Bethel Baptist Church to open a child day care facility next year. <...

Compton’s ‘no’ vote riles fellow board members

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 - School Board Member Jill Compton’s firm stance against voting for a slight property tax rate increase didn’t sit well with two fellow board members and S...

LP council approves parking and residential project ordinances

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 -

A downtown residential project received a boost Monday evening with the Lake Placid Town Council approving the first reading of two ordinances that affect the $1 million...

Tuck reflects on education at the state level

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 -

— Andy Tuck took a big pay cut when he resigned in early February from the School Board of Highlands County to serve on State Board of Education, but he believes it was worth ...

School board to consider slight tax rate increase

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County will consider a final 2014-15 budget with a slight increase in the property tax rate.

SFSC students turn out for Club Rush

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 -

From the Brain Bowl to the Soccer Club and Art Club and much more, South Florida State College’s students learned about the various clubs and organizations at the c...

District awaits word on after-school program funding

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 -

— The School Board of Highlands County is awaiting word on funding to continue a long-running after-school program that serves middle school students.

College draws complaints

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 -

A state trade association is documenting complaints from Azure College students who have reported difficulties in obtaining their transcripts from the college so they can at...

School district steps up promotion of half-cent sales tax

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County is starting to ramp up efforts to publicize its half-cent sales tax referendum after the county’s penny sales tax was extended fo...

Financial aid blunder puts Azure students in a lurch

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 -

After losing its financial aid in its Sebring location, Azure College offered 45 LPN and RN nursing students some options, but some are upset with the situation.

Highlands school enrollment continues upward trend

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 -

Three more classrooms were created out of existing space at Sebring Middle School during the summer, but with a jump in enrollment the school has 20 class periods that are a...

Candidates ready for head-to-head runoffs

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 -

The preliminary election results for both school board races showed a clear top vote-getter and a clear second place finisher.

SFSC welcomes students to the fall semester

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 -

New and returning South Florida State College students received a big welcome Monday upon their arrival for the start of the fall semester classes.

Telemedicine boosts Florida Hospital’s ICU services

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 -

At the push of a button day or night, out-of-state intensive care physicians and critical care nurses are notified to monitor and view patients in the intensive care units a...

Elementary students to use new computer-based instructional program

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 -

Elementary students in all grades district wide will soon be working on something new in classrooms and computer labs.

First day of school opens to 150 more students

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 -

Sebring High resource room to aid students’ college pursuits

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

A room that was used for storage in the Sebring High School media center has been transformed into a resource to help students explore their college opportunities.

15 year-old assists injured Lorida man who falls from ladder

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 -

Trace Leadingham, 15, who will be starting 10th grade at Sebring High School on Wednesday, ended his summer vacation by possibly saving the life of a man who had fallen from ...

New school year will usher in significant changes

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 -

Big changes for the 2014-15 school year starting Wednesday include 16 new school administrators, changes to the Code of Student Conduct and the introduction of new Florida S...

Mid-week school start to allow Friday last day for teachers

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 -

Only one Florida school district will be starting the new school year later than the Highlands County School District -- the only school system starting classes Wednesday.<...

School board races drawing record campaign money, spending

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 -

Sebring doctor and wife spearhead Liberia medical relief effort

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

Sebring plastic surgeon Kevin Strathy and his wife, Natu, are preparing to send another shipment of medical needs to Liberia to help in the West African country’s bat...

LP approves limited English proficiency plan

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 -

The Lake Placid Town Council approved a limited English proficiency plan to put the town’s policy and practices in offering translation/interpretation services fo...

LP council wary of fire training house burns

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 -

Plans by the Highlands County Fire Services to burn derelict houses for firefighter training raised many concerns from the town council with Councilman Steve Bastardi fi...

Digital video in school buses is still ongoing

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 -

SEBRING — When was the last time you used a VCR or bought a VHS tape?

10 years later, we take a look back at the summer of 2004

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 -

As we watched the television weather reports tracking Hurricane Charley’s path on a Friday afternoon and evening 10 years ago, we were witnesses to the beginning of a...

County seeks 1 cent extension now for planning purposes

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 -

Voters in Highlands County will decide on Aug. 26 on extending the county’s 1 cent sales tax for 15 years starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

Woman charged in LP NU-HOPE burglary

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 -

A 53-year-old Lake Placid woman has been charged with burglary in the theft of donated items from the Lake Placid NU-HOPE Thrift Store, the Lake Placid Police Department...

District adds ESE paras to meet student needs

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

The School Board of Highlands County has nearly doubled its Exceptional Student Education paraprofessional numbers over a three-year period to serve an increasing number of ...

District welcomes its new educators

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 -

They came from out of state - including Michigan and Indiana - and from Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hardee, DeSoto, Hendry and Highlands counties to be teachers for the School Board...

Bands start marching for a new season

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 -

AVON PARK — Drum major Jhamil Pujols strikes a woodblock to set the tempo as his fellow members of the Avon Park High School Grenadier Band work on their marching rudiments.

LP Police Chief Fansler believes in transparency

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 -

When there is a threat to public safety or a good or bad event in his department, Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler gets the word out to the community.

District may return to out-of-state teacher recruitment trips

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 -

Trying to fill more than 100 teaching positions this summer has been especially challenging for the School Board of Highlands County, which may go back to sending staff out ...

Cox has made no decision on a 5th term

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 -

Are we going to have a new superintendent in two years?

Caladium Festival draws biggest crowds ever

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 -

Howerton/Compton state opposing budget views

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 -

After a “no” vote at her first school board meeting on July 8, Highlands County School Board Member Jill Compton was again the sole board member to vote ȁ...

School district waits for county referendum to avoid confusion

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 -

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