Dixon named new principal at Williams Elementary
BRADENTON -- Superintendent Rick Mills has named Connie Dixon principal at Williams Elementary School pending approval of the School Board of Manatee County.
Dixon replaces Paul Hockenbury, now coordinator of school leadership development for the Manatee County School District.
Dixon, with the district since 2003, served as assistant principal at Willis Elementary since 2011. Dixon was a teacher and curriculum specialist at Braden River Elementary School from 2003-11.
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Manatee School for the Arts leader Jones spotlighted
BRADENTON -- Charles Jones, who founded Manatee School for the Arts in 1998, was named a 2014 Charter School Leader of the Year Nov. 19 at the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools awards ceremony in Orlando.
This was the third year the awards were given at the Florida Department of Education charter school conference.
"I do not accept this award alone, however, I have a great team that deserves recognition as well," Jones said in a statement.
Laettner to speak at Jan. 24 Saint Stephen's gala
BRADENTON -- Saint Stephen's third annual Game Changers benefit will feature former Duke University and NBA basketball star Christian Laettner as speaker at the IMG Golf and Country Club in Bradenton. The dinner and auction begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 24.
VIP tickets, which include an exclusive reception and the opportunity to meet Laettner, are $175. General admission tickets are $100.
Game Changers celebrates Saint Stephen's athletics and reinforce the school's four athletic pillars of leadership, scholarship, integrity and service.
Laettner, the only player in history to start in four consecutive NCAA Final Fours, was on the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball squad known as the "Dream Team," which won the gold medal in Barcelona, Spain.
Proceeds are used for an array of athletic projects at Saint Stephen's.
New College nets $50,000 waterfront repair grant
SARASOTA -- The New College of Florida Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for restoration of its historic Caples waterfront.
The grant will help remove non-native invasive plants and reconstruct kayak racks, a boathouse and other structures. New College and the student government also are contributing funds to the project.
The Caples waterfront south of the Ringling Museum is home to the Sainer Pavilion, Caples Fine Arts Complex, the Environmental Studies Program, faculty offices and classrooms and the New College waterfront program, home of the nationally ranked sailing team and recreational boating center.
-- Herald staff reports