Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.

Democratic candidate for governor Jeff Greene’s sons Cameron, 4, and Brandon, 6, show off the virtual reality gadgets at The Greene School on Aug. 13. Through the technology, they can virtually visit locations across the globe via Google Earth. [COLLEEN WRIGHT | Miami Herald]

Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene is an unconventional Democrat running an unconventional campaign for Florida governor. So, naturally, his ideas on how to change Florida's vast public education bureaucracy stem from an unconventional...
Updated one month ago
April Schentrup, whose daughter Carmen was killed in the Parkland shooting, talks during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting at the BB&T Center on Thursday.[DAVID SANTIAGO  |  Miami Herald]

Broward school system doesn’t give police data on students in discipline program

SUNRISE — More confusion surrounds the Broward County school district's controversial discipline diversion program known as PROMISE after a Broward County Sheriff's Office major revealed that deputies and school resource officers do...
Updated: 3 months ago
Fred Guttenberg, speaks in front of photos of his daughter Jaime who was killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shootings, during a news conference, Thursday in Miami. [AP]

Parkland families seek court’s OK to sue gun companies

Fred Guttenberg looked over his shoulder at the poster behind him. There was Jaime, his forever 14-year-old daughter, leaping into a split in her ballet leotard. In another photo, she posed with her father, grinning wide for the...
Updated: 4 months ago
Doug Restom Gaskill sits with his children Sofia, 13 (right) and Lucas (left) as they settle into their spot in the shelter at John Hopkins Middle School  as Hurricane Irma approached in 2017. The shelter welcomed people from the area with pets and those with special needs. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

Hurricane 2018: I took shelter from Irma. Here’s what I learned.

ST. PETERSBURG — Say you’re like me. You’re as Floridian as they come. You grew up tracking hurricanes, stocking up on non-perishables (Parmalat, Vienna sausages and marshmallows), hoping for school to be canceled. You’ve helped put up more aluminum...
Updated: 4 months ago
Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner, who has been on the board for 28 years, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election. [Times | 2015]

Veteran Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner will not seek re-election

Linda Lerner, one of Florida's longest-serving school board members, announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election for her Pinellas County School Board seat this August.The 74-year-old Lerner was elected to the board in 1990 and has...
Updated: 5 months ago
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Joanne Lentino, Pinellas County School Board Candidate, District 1.

Pinellas School Board votes 6-1 to approve later school start times

LARGO — Hillsborough County’s recent decision to start high schools an hour later, at 8:30 a.m., next year inspired 6,300 people in Pinellas County to sign an online petition. Citing student sleep deprivation and related health issues, they wanted...
Updated: 5 months ago
Kashif Haynes boards his bus at 5 a.m. for a 45-mile journey that will take him to Tarpon Springs High, where is he a freshman. The Pinellas County School Board will vote on the 2018-19 proposed bell schedule times today. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Today: Pinellas to vote on new high school start times, center for gifted students

There's a lot to unpack in this unexpected double-header today at the Pinellas County School Board. A special workshop to discuss how the district is implementing new school safety measures now required by law will begin after the 10 a.m. board...
Updated: 5 months ago
The Pinellas County School Board voted 6-1 to push back school times 15 and 10 minutes later in the 2018-19 school year at a board meeting Tuesday. [Times files]

It’s official: Pinellas will start most high schools at 7:20 a.m. next school year

After months of deliberation, the Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday singled out a proposal to move school start times 10 and 15 minutes later this fall and voted to approve the change 6-1.Most high schools will now start 15 minutes later...
Updated: 5 months ago
Countryside High was evacuated Monday morning following two threats. The first was made on social media and deemed unfounded, but a second concern prompted the evacuation.

Countryside High evacuated following ominous Facebook message to police

Officials evacuated Countryside High Monday morning after they received two online warnings.Clearwater Police spokesman Rob Shaw said police received this direct message on the department's Facebook page: "Countryside high school 4/9/18 school...
Updated: 5 months ago
From left,  Seth Yeager, Raymond Andino and Connor Mikuta perform on opening night of St. Petersburg High School's production of

For Puerto Rican student, a fresh start and a breakthrough role

ST. PETERSBURG — Raymond Andino pressed the handlebar moustache against his lip."It’s kinda itchy," he said, his mouth barely open so as not to disturb it.The faux finish completed the look for one of the thugs in Sister Act,...
Updated: 5 months ago