Come November, a new face with join the dais and assume the Manatee County School Board District 1 seat. After 10 years on the board, incumbent Bob Gause decided not to run for re-election in the non-partisan race, where candidates must live in the district they wish to represent, but voters across the county get to weigh in. With four contenders in the race for the Aug. 30 primary, it’s unlikely any one candidate will earn more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright in August.
Amari Crockett, an 11-year-old sixth-grade student at Louise R. Johnson Middle School, knows she has big shoes to fill. For the next three years, she’s walking in hallways named after a great-grandmother — who she never met — who left a great legacy in Manatee County.
For at least three years, teachers have said Nick Kimon’s and Samantha Martin’s daughter was in danger of being retained for poor academic performance. Despite what the teachers have marked on the report cards, she has been advanced each year. This year, when Martin went to fight the decision, she was told there was nothing she could do. The Manatee County School District, which retains far fewer children than the state average, has no formal appeals process when parents want to make their child repeat a grade.
A professor of social work and gerontology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has won the USF System’s Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award for her analysis of age-related issues
More than 500 new students are in Manatee County schools in the first five days, compared to the five-day count from last year, although the district has seen a decrease in the number of middle school students.
More than 700 students returned to school at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton Tuesday. On Wednesday, Bradenton Christian School on 43rd Street West in Bradenton will welcome back students to its campus, which includes a brand-new middle school.
Neil Phillips, the founder of Visible Men Academy, sees what’s happening around the country as a national crisis. At Visible Men Academy, he’s working to find overall solutions for boys of color from low-income families. At the same time, he’s struggling to meet state academic standards.
Take Stock in Children Manatee is looking for donations of old cellphones to be given to students in the program, which pairs children with mentors during high school and provides college scholarships.