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Construction begins on $20 million nursing center at College of Central Florida

Construction is officially underway on a new two-story, $20 million nursing center at the College of Central Florida’s campus in Ocala.

MCPS expands free breakfast and lunch program

Marion County Public Schools is expanding its free breakfast and lunch program to 56 school sites across the county for the 2023-2024 school year.

College of Central Florida to break ground on $20 million nursing center

The College of Central Florida will soon break ground on a new nursing center at its Ocala campus.

Local college invites community to join ‘study abroad’ program

The College of Central Florida is inviting members of the community to join its students and faculty on two study abroad trips in 2024.

Marion Technical College breaking ground on $5.5 million facility

Marion Technical College (MTC), which is a part of Marion County Public Schools, will soon break ground on a $5.57 million expansion project.

Lake Weir High School hosting MCPS ‘Family FOCUS’ event

Marion County Public Schools is hosting an event at Lake Weir High School this weekend for families who are looking to help their students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

New open house dates at several Marion schools due to Hurricane Idalia

Marion County Public Schools will be closed through Wednesday, August 30 to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Idalia, and the approaching storm has also caused several schools to change their open house dates.

School bus carrying 2 students involved in hit-and-run

A school bus being driven by a 43-year-old Marion County woman was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Monday afternoon.

Marion schools to close Tuesday and Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Idalia

Marion County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Idalia, which is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane by early Wednesday morning.

Marion school district wins national finance award for 23rd consecutive year

For 23 years running, Marion County Public Schools' Finance Department has received national recognition for its transparent accounting practices.  

MCPS hosting ‘Family FOCUS’ events throughout school year

Marion County Public Schools will host events throughout the school year for families who are looking to help their students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Ocala police hiring school crossing guards

The Ocala Police Department is currently looking for dedicated individuals to join its School Crossing Guard team.

Sparr Elementary launches aviation program

A new aviation program at Sparr Elementary School took flight on Wednesday morning.

School bus rear-ends SUV on State Road 40

A Marion County school bus was involved in an accident on State Road 40 in Ocala late Tuesday afternoon.

MCPS Careers and Colleges Expo returns on August 23

Marion County Public Schools and the College of Central Florida are once again teaming up to host the Careers and Colleges Expo on Wednesday, August 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Discovery Center partners with ‘Museums for All’ to provide free admission

The Discovery Center has announced a new partnership with Museums for All, a program that allows those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to gain free or reduced admission to over 1,000 museums throughout the United States.

Marion officials highlight successful start to school year

The 2023-2024 school year officially kicked off on Thursday as 39,418 students in Marion County headed to their respective schools for the first day of class.

Ocala church visits 44 schools to pray for students in lieu of Sunday service

An Ocala church spent its Sunday service visiting dozens of schools across Marion County in an effort to pray for students, schools, teachers, and administrators as they begin the school year.

School kicks off on August 10 for over 44,000 students in Marion County

This Thursday, August 10, marks the first day of school, and it could be the biggest enrollment year for Marion County Public Schools in its 154-year history.

Marion Technical College offering free haircuts for kids

Marion Technical College's barbering program is offering free back-to-school haircuts in exchange for a story.

When should motorists stop for a school bus?

With the new school year kicking off on Thursday, August 10, Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are reminding motorists to watch out for school buses.

Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday ends on August 6

Parents still have time to take advantage of Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, which offers tax breaks on essential items such as school supplies, clothing, learning aids, electronics, and more.

Marion County Public Schools orientation list for 2023-2024 school year

Marion County Public Schools has released orientation dates and times for the 2023-2024 school year.

Back-to-school events in Ocala this weekend

Multiple back-to-school events will take place this week in Ocala, offering free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, and other goodies in anticipation of the beginning of the school year.