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School District budget includes millage rate drop

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District Tuesday tentatively agreed on a budget for the 2014-15 school year that was just under $800 million. At the first of two public hearings about the budget this week, District Chief Business and Finance Officer Todd Seis said that $138.92 million of the $799.56 million in funding would come from county-generated property taxes. The millage rate for homeowners is dropping

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  • High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger. Public Information Officer Dana Schafer said that staff at both those high schools is working closely with the district office to validate all grades and get the report cards printed. Once they are ready, a separate call will be made to parents of Zenith and Challenger

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  • Osceola County schools see improvements in grades

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer When the final batch of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores were released in June, they showed that nearly every grade level in the Osceola County School District saw improvement. The Florida Department of Education recognized Osceola County as one of only five districts to improve in all seven assessment areas. That was reflected when the district revealed the school grades for its elementary, middle,

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  • School Board extends superintendent’s contract

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

    The Osceola County School Board voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Melba Luciano, shown above, by two years because it was pleased with her leadership.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School Board showed unwavering support of Superintendent Melba Luciano at its last meeting by extending her contract by two years. Board Chairman Tim Weisheyer said at the June 17 meeting that he wanted to take the step after the board extended her for one year back in 2013. “The superintendent has done a good job and worked well with our board,” he

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  • School District selling surplus property

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District is holding its second annual auction Saturday to cash in on its surplus property. But just like the typical weekend yard sale on your block, you’ll need to arrive early to get a shot at the good stuff. The public auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the District Administrative Complex Warehouse on Bill Beck Boulevard. Items can be previewed

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  • District encourages summer reading with free books

    Posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The ending of the school year this week probably has school children thinking of usual summer fun — pool parties outside, sleeping late and playing video games. Officials with the Osceola County School District hope they also will work in time to read a couple of books during their school vacation so they can return in August at the same reading level. To offer some

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  • State Science fair winners from Osceola County

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    The 2014 State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida was held April 8-10 at The Lakeland Center in Lakeland. This year’s Fair exhibited more than 865 projects with more than 925 finalists in junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) sections.  The Osceola School District was well represented by eleven students, of which the following took home awards: Biochemistry: Sasha Haslam from the Osceola County School for the Arts

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