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Monday, February 6, 2023



Marion County school bus carrying 16 children involved in crash on SW 103rd Street

A Marion County school bus carrying 16 students was involved in a crash on Wednesday afternoon.

Belleview High School hires new coach to lead football program

Belleview High School has hired a new coach to rebuild its football program.

Marion, Sumter students to compete at Big Springs Regional STEM Fair in Ocala

Hundreds of middle and high school students from Marion and Sumter Counties will compete head-to-head next week during the annual Big Springs Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fair.

Marion County school bus rear-ended by SUV on SW 155th Street in Dunnellon

A Marion County school bus carrying 23 students was involved in a crash in Dunnellon on Tuesday morning.

Marion County school bus carrying 25 students involved in crash on SE 55th Avenue Road

A Marion County school bus carrying 25 students and one aide was involved in a crash on Wednesday morning.

Marion County Parks and Rec to host 2023 Central Florida Regional Envirothon

North America's largest outdoor environmental competition for high school students is heading to Marion County in March.

Belleview High School to host MCPS Parent Partnership event

Marion County Public Schools will provide parents and families with resources to help their students better prepare for tests during an upcoming event at Belleview High School.

Discovery Center’s spring classes begin later this month, registration now open

A variety of science-themed spring classes will kick off later this month at the Discovery Center and registration is now open.

MCPS seeks input from families on annual school district survey

Parents and families in Marion County will soon have an opportunity to offer feedback on the effectiveness and academic efforts of Marion County Public Schools.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office ticketing drivers who fail to stop for school buses

To help ensure the safety of local students, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is closely monitoring school bus stops to ensure that drivers are stopping for school buses.

MCPS School Choice applications being accepted through January 31

As students across Marion County return to classrooms for the start of the second semester, Marion County Public Schools is reminding parents that the School Choice application window is closing at the end of the month.

Marion County school resource officer brightens Christmas for three elementary students

Three elementary school students in Ocala recently became the proud owners of their own bicycle thanks to the generosity of a local school resource officer and an anonymous donor.

MCPS to host holiday reading event at Barnes and Noble

Marion County Public Schools will host a special holiday reading event in Ocala this week as part of its “Launching Literacy in the Community” campaign.

Community Foundation seeks applicants for Angelica G. Muns nursing scholarship

The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County has announced that the window to apply for the 2023 Angelica G. Muns nursing scholarship is now open.

MCPS announces 2023 Teacher of the Year finalists, Rookie Teacher of the Year

Five teachers in Marion County received Golden Apples during surprise classroom visits on Friday, and they are now in contention to be named Marion County's 2023 Teacher of the Year.

MCPS, local channels to broadcast this weekend’s Ocala Christmas Parade

The 66th annual Ocala Christmas Parade will return this weekend and residents will have the option to watch the festivities from home.

10-year-old boy from Dunnellon dies in ATV crash

A 10-year-old boy from Dunnellon died on Sunday evening after an ATV he was riding overturned and landed on him.

Fordham Early Learning Academy expands enrollment to include first grade students

The Fordham Early Learning Academy will expand its programs for the 2023-2024 school year to include first grade along with voluntary pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and enrollment is now open.

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County collects over 100,000 diapers during donation drive

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County has announced that over 100,000 diapers were donated by generous members of the community during the nonprofit organization's countywide diaper drive, which was held from October 15 through November 5.

MCPS hosting Engage virtual session on school safety

Marion County Public Schools will host its next Engage MCPS virtual session for parents and families at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, and the free online event will focus on the topic of school safety.

Marion County School Board members take oaths, elect new Chair and Vice-Chair

Four members of the Marion County School Board took their oaths of office this week inside the School Board Chambers located at 1614 E Fort King Street in Ocala.

MCPS announces new literacy campaign

Marion County Public Schools has announced "Launching Literacy in the Community,” a new campaign that aims to help elementary school students and their families engage in literacy outside of the classroom.

MCPS announces Marion County’s 2023 Principal, Assistant Principal of the Year

Marion County Public Schools has announced the newest recipients of the Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year honors in Marion County.

Student injured after pickup truck crashes into Marion County school bus

One student sustained minor injuries on Friday afternoon after a pickup truck crashed into a school bus on State Road 35 in Marion County.