Pinellas education news: School Board candidate forums, ancient brew at USFSP, and more

Pinellas County residents can get ready for the voting booth with three upcoming forums highlighting the candidates for the Pinellas County School Board. [Times (2016)]
Pinellas County residents can get ready for the voting booth with three upcoming forums highlighting the candidates for the Pinellas County School Board. [Times (2016)]
Published July 5 2018
Updated July 11 2018

Meet the candidates for Pinellas School Board

The public is invited to three forums showcasing this year’s candidates for the Pinellas County School Board. All three events are sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, St. Petersburg College, Pinellas County Council PTA, and the League of Women Voters. Thirteen candidates are competing to fill four seats, a majority of the seven-person board. The primary election is Aug. 28. The forums, all from 6-8 p.m., will be held on July 24 at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus, in EC 104, 2465 Drew St.; July 30 in the Music Center at SPC‘s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N; and Aug. 2 in the Digitorium at SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N.

Museum, USFSP team up on ancient brew

Students from the brewing arts program at University of South Florida St. Petersburg have teamed up with some of the area’s top breweries to create beers inspired by five ancient mosaics on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. Their work will culminate in a July 20 event at the museum, where guests can taste the beers, learn from top experts in brewing history about the importance of beer to ancient Greco-Romans, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s mosaics, which are from ancient Antioch. The new beers will include a pale ale by Green Bench Brewing Co., a Saison by Rapp Brewing Company, a Somme bier by Flying Boat Brewing Co., a wheat beer by 3 Daughters Brewing, and a Saison by Mastry’s Brewing Co. Members of the St. Pete Home Brew Club also are brewing beers based on the mosaics and Antioch, and they will be showcased July 19 at a "Gourds to Growlers" event at the museum. Guests will taste and vote on the brews, learn about how beer has shaped cultures around the world, and tour the mosaic project. Attendees must be 21 or older to participate. For details on times and tickets, visit .

Pinellas helps families get up to speed on back-to-school tasks

Pinellas County Schools’ back-to-school webpage features information about registration, immunizations, transportation, health clinics, school schedules, open house events, breakfast and lunch programs and family engagement. The guide is highlighted on the home page of the school district’s website. It can also be found at

Many school choice programs still have space for 2018-19

The Late Application Period for the Pinellas County school system’s choice programs is underway. Many programs still have seats available for the 2018-19 school year, which begins Aug. 13. After parents apply, schools with available seats will contact them to invite students to attend. Parents also can contact program coordinators to find out the status of their late applications. Programs with available seats include Midtown Academy’s new Center for Gifted Studies. Apply at For more information about choice programs and a list of programs with available seats, visit or call the district’s Student Assignment office at (727) 588-6210.

Job training program accepting applications for the fall

African-American men ages 18 to 24 who live in St. Petersburg are eligible for a program that aims to help them gain certificates and degrees they can use to enter or re-enter the workforce. The Persistence Incorporated in To College Hired program, known as PITCH, is a partnership between St. Petersburg College and the city of St. Petersburg’s Cohort of Champions. The program is still accepting applications for the fall. Those accepted will receive several services at SPC, including free tuition and books and academic and career counseling. Program areas include the arts, technology, social and human services, public safety and business. To apply, contact Ernest Gant at (727) 302-6550 or, or Jerick Daniels at (727) 341-4636 or