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Breakfast Point Academy 5th grade teacher wins Golden Apple

Updated: 04/08/2011 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a 5th grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy. Lori Fitzgerald was in public relations and marketing for several years before following her heart into the classroom.

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Gulf County discusses shortened school week

Updated: 03/31/2011 - Gulf County School Superintendent Tim Wilder hit the road again Wednesday night to talk to parents about his 4-day school week proposal.

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Golden Apple Award Winner teaches Pre-K at Vernon Elementary

Updated: 03/26/2011 - Vernon - This week's Golden Apple award winning teacher Mrs. Linda Howell teaches Pre-K at Vernon Elementary School. Spend just a few minutes in Mrs. Howell's classroom and you'll see she has a gift for working with young children who are very active.

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Race to the Top

Updated: 03/16/2011 - Debate is raging tonight at the state capitol, as lawmakers battle over merit pay and the end of tenure for more than two hundred thousand teachers in Florida. Unlike last year, most teachers choose to stay home for this debate.

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarships Dimming

Posted: 03/04/2011 - State lawmakers facing tough budget decisions have their eye on the popular bright futures scholarships. The program funds tuition costs for the majority of graduating high school seniors at state universities. Students could see a reduction 20 percent or more next fall.

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Arnold High School Latin teacher, Nicole Sellers, wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 03/03/2011 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple Award-winning teacher is Nicole Sellers. She teaches Latin and English at Arnold High School on Panama City Beach. Mrs. Sellers has been teaching Latin for 11 years, but this is her first year at Arnold. It didn't take long for students to realize she is something special.

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New Report Accuses Bay District Schools Of Over-Criminalizing Students

Posted: 03/03/2011 - Panama City- Under the Zero Tolerance policy, school fights were almost often times turned-over to law enforcement, but in 2009 the state amended the policy recommended handling incidents in-house, reducing the number of students with criminal records.

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Bay County Birth Rates Amongst Teens Drops

Posted: 03/01/2011 - Panama City - The Centers for Disease Control has released the latest statistics for teenage births, and numbers for Florida are down 19%. They're down as well in Bay County.

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Middle School Aims to Recruit More Students

Posted: 02/18/2011 - Panama City - The first school choice deadline is approaching, and one local school is making a push to attract students. Jinks Middle School held a recruitment event Thursday called "Jinks Extravaganza" .

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Golden Apple Award winner calls teaching the "thrill of his life"

Posted: 02/11/2011 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple Award-winning teacher chose teaching as his second career. After just a few months on the job Bob Oglesby's students recognized he is something special. The former owner of a mortgage company, Mr. Oglesby now teaches science at Bay Haven Charter Academy, and he doesn't do it quietly.

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Teacher arrested at Bozeman School

Posted: 02/04/2011 - Southport - Bay County Sheriff's Investigators arrested two students and one faculty member at Deane Bozeman School Thursday morning on drug related charges

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School Support Awards

Posted: 01/21/2011 - When you think of schools, you usually think of teachers and principals. But they'll be the first to tell you they couldn't do their jobs, without the help of the school's other employees.

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Enrollment Up For Spring 2011 At Florida State University Panama City

Posted: 01/14/2011 - Panama City, FL – Final enrollment for the spring 2011 semester at The Florida State University Panama City was confirmed on January 13, 2011. The total spring 2011 headcount is 1,150 as compared to 1,065 for spring 2010. The total headcount increase is 8.0% when compared to headcount for the spring 2010 semester.

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School board meets for first time since shooting

Posted: 01/12/2011 - Panama City-- Security was tight Tuesday as Bay County school board members met for the first time since last month's shooting incident. Board members say they were anxious to get back to work. But some were still a bit apprehensive, despite the added security.

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Holmes District Schools face largest fine for not meeting state class size requirements

Posted: 01/07/2011 - Holmes County - The state handed down fines to school districts, not meeting new class size limits. The stiffest fine goes to Holmes County, more than $51,000. Other districts include Franklin County for $41,000 and tiny Liberty County $29,000. The smallest fine goes to Washington County at only $1,300. Bay, Jackson, and Okaloosa were not fined.

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Rutherford teacher wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 12/23/2010 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple Award winner is an English teacher in Rutherford High School's Communication-Technology Academy.

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Public hearing will be held to discuss Surfside Middle School renovation plan

Posted: 12/20/2010 - Panama City Beach-- A big item on last Tuesday’s school board agenda was the renovation and relocation plan for Surfside Middle School students. That discussion was halted by the shooting. But Monday, Superintendent Husfelt and Board Member, Steve Moss, explained a committee has come up with a recommendation.

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