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School Start Brings Changes

Updated: 08/14/2006 - Summer is coming to a close for students around Florida. Some started back to school two weeks ago, others are starting this week, and middle school students in particular will find tougher requirements this year.

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Bay District School Board Meeting

Updated: 08/09/2006 - The Bay District School Board held their regular meeting Wednesday. Frustrated parents used the time to bring their complaints and questions about the new dress code to the board members.

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Superintendent Takes Legal Action

Updated: 08/05/2006 - Bay District Superintendent James McCalister isn't sitting idle anymore after the School Board challenged his authority last month.

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First Day Back to School a Success

Posted: 08/02/2006 - If you heard a loud buzzing sound going off early Wednesday morning, it was probably your alarm clock reminding you that it was the first day of school.

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New Changes for Bay County Schools

Posted: 08/01/2006 - Besides the uniforms, Bay students will notice other changes this year. Some are already in place, and some are still in the works.

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Back to School Preparations

Posted: 07/31/2006 - After a summer of rest and relaxation, the vacation is coming to an end. Schools start for Bay County students on Wednesday. To help them and their parents adjust, schools around the area are holding their own welcoming forum, and some have gone beyond the regular orientation routine.

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Back-to-School Giveaways

Posted: 07/29/2006 - School starts next week and that means a lot of crowded stores filled with parents and students taking advantage of the last day of tax-free shopping, but for many families, buying back-to-school clothes and supplies is a financial burden.

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Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School in Florida

Posted: 07/21/2006 - Some clothes, books and school supplies will be tax free in Florida next week (July 22 - 30), and retailers are hoping the back-to-school time tax break boosts sales.

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School Uniforms Remain a Hot Topic

Posted: 07/12/2006 - The start of the school year is creeping closer, and for the first time in the districts history, students will be required to wear school uniforms.

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School Board Members Speak Out

Posted: 06/30/2006 - Bay District Schools Superintendent James McCalister isn't commenting yet on a school board vote to overturn one of his decisions. Board members voted unanimously to overrule McCalister's recommendation to remove Larry Bolinger from Bay High School.

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Annual Teacher Contract Talks Underway

Posted: 06/28/2006 - The Association of Bay County Educators and the Bay County School Board are negotiating an 11.56 percent increase in salary and benefits for this coming school year.

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Bay High's Magnet Back on Track

Posted: 06/21/2006 - The recent buzz that Bay High's magnet program is on its last leg may be old news. School board members appear encouraged the magnet program is on the right track.

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Are FCAT Graders Qualified?

Posted: 06/16/2006 - State Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Florida’s Education Commissioner after reviewing the qualifications of people hired to grade FCATs.

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Is Bay High's Magnet Program in Danger?

Posted: 06/16/2006 - For the time being, the spotlight has moved from outgoing Bay High Principal Larry Bolinger to the school's magnet program.

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Okaloosa Schools Earn Best School Grades Ever

Posted: 06/15/2006 - With 33 schools earning A’s and three receiving B’s, Okaloosa Schools have turned in their best performance in the eight-year history of Florida’s education accountability system.

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School Grades Are In

Posted: 06/14/2006 - The grades for Bay County schools are in, and the news is good!

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Florida Is Facing a Critical Teacher Shortage

Posted: 06/09/2006 - The state has been offering all kinds of incentives to attract more people to the profession. Okaloosa Walton College wants to offer a four-year degree in education to help offset the shortage.

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