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Poinciana High band director resigns amid alleged sexual contact with student

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The band director at Poinciana High School resigned this week after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate sexual relations with at least one student last year, Osceola County School District officials said. Steven Velez, 25, gave his resignation to district officials Wednesday after officials were alerted on Tuesday to the allegations. “We received allegations of inappropriate physical contact with a student,” School District spokesperson Dana

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  • School District earns $2M STEM grant

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District has made its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum a point of emphasis. Thanks to a $2.27 million grant from the Florida Department of Education, it can put teachers and students in a better position to teach and learn it. The amount, spread over three years, will be spent in part on training for science teachers that the teachers

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  • New School Board ready for the challenges

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    For the first time since 2008, residents of Osceola County have five members of the Osceola County School Board each capable of independent thought and with the intellectual capacity to absorb and synthesize complex data. Tim Weisheyer, Kelvin Soto, Ricky Booth and Clarence Thacker are all significant upgrades from each of their predecessors. And that is good for all of us. All four of these individuals have the support of

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  • School District honored for biliteracy programs

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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At a recent Educational Leadership Awards Luncheon, District Superintendent Melba Luciano accepted the Biliteracy Leadership Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District was recently recognized for its work in bilingual and bilateral education in the county’s classrooms. At  a recent Educational Leadership Awards Luncheon, District Superintendent Melba Luciano accepted the Biliteracy Leadership Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education. The award was given in recognition for outstanding leadership in strengthening and providing support for the expansion of bilingual and biliteracy programs

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  • Keeping your pansies blooming all winter

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension Have you recently planted a colorful bed of pansies in your landscape with the hope that it will look as lovely as the commercial plantings that you see all over town? If so, you are not alone. Pansies are one of the most popular annuals for fall and winter landscapes and are particularly well suited for Central Florida gardens. Assuming that you chose healthy plants with

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  • Bellalago students celebrate veterans at school assembly

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

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Bellalago Academy students celebrated veterans at a school assembly on Monday. See the story, page A-5.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The iconic photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima came to life at Bellalago Academy Monday during the school’s Veterans Day celebration. One by one, each of the six students let go of his hold on the flag, stepped to the front of the stage and briefly described the Marine he was portraying. The scene the students were depicting took place

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  • ‘Got College?’ seeks to help county grads move on

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 11:35 am

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Education Foundation Executive Director Kathy Carr, left, and Valencia College Osceola Campus President Kathleen Plinske give a presentation on the Got College? Initiative to business partners Thursday at Osceola Heritage Park.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Of the Osceola County students who graduated from high school in 2011, 41.3 percent moved on to college. In 2012, that figure increased to 42.8 percent. It was still the lowest number among Central Florida counties and lagged behind the statewide average of 52.6 percent. In the eyes of local education leaders, like Education Foundation Executive Director Kathy Carr and Osceola/Lake Nona Campus President Kathleen

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