Although other districts may be promoting third-grade students who refuse to take state standardized tests to the fourth-grade using a portfolio, Manatee County School District is staying steadfast, saying a portfolio is only an option if a student has taken the FSA or a state-approved alternative standardized test.
About 31 students in Manatee County are in danger of being retained in third grade because they missed or refused to take state-mandated third-grade testing. If parents refuse to have their child take any standardized test, the student will repeat third grade, according to district officials
Once again, the Manatee County School Board will consider whether to remove a controversial caveat from the impact fee collection schedule in an effort to gain public support for an upcoming half-cent sales tax renewal.
A spot for a new Manatee County high school was approved by the Manatee County School Board on Tuesday, with the board approving moving forward on the purchase of a $2.3 million parcel of land in Parrish. In 2005, the Manatee County School District purchased a piece of land on Martha Road and planned to build an elementary or middle school there. The approval Tuesday makes the site big enough to hold a new high school, according to district officials.
It took three tries, but Manatee County School Board members say they think they’ve finally gotten it right. The board voted unanimously Tuesday to remove a controversial caveat tying the collection of impact fees to the extension of the sales tax renewal. Voters have told the board repeatedly since the first vote in November they wouldn’t vote to renew the sales tax if the impact fee caveat is in place.
Now that the Manatee County School Board signed off on a settlement agreement with former parent liaison Steve Gulash, lawyers representing Manatee County School District will ask a judge to enforce the deal. A $25,000 settlement for Gulash was approved by the board unanimously, one of two lawsuits settled Tuesday. Although a lawyer for Gulash recommended his client sign the settlement offer, Gulash has refused.
Diana Greene will head Manatee County schools until at least June 30, 2020, after the Manatee County School Board unanimously approved her contract Tuesday. Greene will be paid $189,995 for the first year and will be subject to the same raises other administrative staff members receive each year. During her evaluation each year, the board will have the option to extend the contract an additional year past 2020.
With only a few weeks left before Orange-Ridge Bullock Elementary School closes, former and current staff, students and community members came together Saturday to celebrate the 58-year history of the school.
In 2016-17, the Manatee County School District plans to expand the existing school gardens into more robust spaces and forge stronger partnerships with local farmers to further educate students about where their food comes from.