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  1. Hillsborough school system's finances called 'very dire' as money issues consume district leaders


    TAMPA — It was a long day of reckoning in the Hillsborough County school system, as board members, consultants and administrators discussed a variety of issues pertaining to rising costs and scarce public funds.

    Board member April Griffin called the situation “very dire.”
  2. Amid investigation, Pinellas officials bemoan racially charged incident at Campbell Park Elementary


    LARGO — In his first public comments on the issue, Pinellas County schools superintendent Mike Grego spoke out at Tuesday night's School Board meeting about the decision to transfer former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman after an email in which she made a racially insensitive directive to her …

    During a protest this week, Velma Newmon of St. Petersburg, left, shows Dianna Doyle, 18, and Jo Davis, 61, a copy of a controversial email written by former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman. The Pinellas County school district has transferred Hoffman to another position while it investigates her actions. District officials lamented the incident Tuesday but praised the administration’s decisive action. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. Aging computers flagged in Hillsborough schools, including one running COBOL


    TAMPA — Got COBOL? The Hillsborough County School District does.

    Programmers stand at the console of a UNIVAC I, which made use of COBOL. The programming language, invented in 1959, is being used in Hillsborough County’s student information system.