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Osceola County Commission approves highest school impact fees in the state

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission Monday approved higher education impact fees on new home construction, making them the highest in the state. As approved with the 3-1 vote — Commissioner Cheryl Grieb voted against the measure and Fred Hawkins was not present — the updated impact fee rates become effective for residential building permits issued on or after July 27. Buildings already under construction with permits

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  • Local law enforcement looking for guidance on body cameras

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The national debate about police tactics is percolating in the Florida Legislature. Osceola County’s law enforcement chiefs are closely watching two bills in Tallahassee that could set out rules for the use of police body cameras. The two bills circulating in the House and the Senate “may give some direction across the state on the rules surrounding the use of this tool. In addition there

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  • School district sets orientation, registration nights for students

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Students who will be in elementary and middle schools for the first time this fall are encouraged to take part in registration and orientation nights for their childrens’ new schools. All Osceola School District public elementary schools will host a “Kindergarten Roundup” May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for parents of children who will be at least 5 years old on or before Sept.

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  • Volunteers to be recognized

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Heart of Florida United Way Volunteer Resource Center is recognizing outstanding volunteers in the Central Florida community with its second Community Volunteer Excellence Awards. Volunteers from any nonprofit, government, faith-based or educational organization serving Orange, Seminole or Osceola counties are considered eligible. All winners will receive a commemorative award and will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on Tuesday, July 14 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Volunteers can be

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  • Teachers protest lack of raises, time to teach

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Fourth grade Ventura Elementary school teacher Serena Utz, center, protests with other teachers at the Osceola County School District headquarters on Tuesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer While the school day was filled with Florida State Assessment testing in the public schools in Osceola County and statewide Tuesday, teachers protested against the conditions they are being asked to work under by the school district. At the heart of the teachers’ and their union’s complaints are demands on their time during the school day that require work to be taken home most days,

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  • More standardized testing, more delays

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Another round of Florida Standards Assessment tests this week came with another round of computer glitches. Thousands of students across the state were delayed in taking the FSA Monday after being unable to log into the online examination portal. Schools throughout Osceola County experienced technical problems when trying to access the test, but were back on track by mid-morning, said Dana Schafer, School District spokeswoman.

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  • Sheriff’s Office partners with UCF to offer health care

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

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The building at 704 Generation Point in Kissimmee is being renovated into an outpatient healthcare facility for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, other staff and their families.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine, a local health and wellness service provider and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, other staff and their families will have access to reasonably-priced primary medical care. A medical center is slated to open this summer at 704 Generation Point in Kissimmee, a building formerly home to the Children’s Advocacy Center on

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