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Thursday, June 20, 2024



Nine Ocala area high school students win National Merit Scholarships

Nine high school students from Ocala have been awarded National Merit Scholarships that they will use to attend colleges and universities this fall.

Free meals for Marion students through Summer

This summer, Marion County Public Schools is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to all students 18 years of age and younger.

Nursing center taking shape at College of Central Florida

A new nursing center at a local college is taking shape and should be completed later this year, just in time to host its first classes in January.

Ocala high schoolers win awards at world’s largest science fair

Two Ocala high school students came home with awards after they participated in the world's largest pre-college science, technology, engineering and math competition.

Yale-bound Ocala student named 2024 Presidential Scholar

An Ocala high school senior who earned a full scholarship to Yale University next fall has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education, becoming one of just six students in Florida and 161 students in the nation to receive the honor.

Ocala math teacher named finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year award

Jennifer Brown, a math teacher at Forest High School in Ocala, is in the running for Florida’s 2025 Teacher of the Year award.

Pre-apprenticeship program expanded for students at Marion high school

School officials are currently negotiating a new partnership with the Academy of Construction Technologies to enable students at a local high school to learn from local experts while working on Marion County construction projects as early as this September.

Marion veteran wins Florida school employee of the year

A retired United States Army veteran who works at an Ocala elementary school was named Florida's school-related employee of the year this morning, winning $10,000 and a custom trophy.

Marion Schools offering special kindergarten intro for new students

Marion County parents who pre-register their children to attend kindergarten will have access to a special "kickstart" program that introduces new students to the school setting before the school year begins in August.

Marion students to be recognized for audio and video production excellence

Marion County students of all grade levels will be recognized for their outstanding work in the fields of audio and video production during the 23rd installment of the Marion County Student Media Festival this week.

Car rear-ends Marion school bus carrying 50 students

A 28-year-old woman from Ocala was injured on Thursday morning after her vehicle rear-ended a Marion County school bus that was carrying 50 students.

Marion Schools leader finalist for Superintendent of the Year

Marion County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diane Gullett is one of four finalists vying to become the Magnet Schools of America Superintendent of the Year, and she is in need of community votes.

Ocala veteran finalist for Florida school employee of the year

A retired United States Army veteran and paraprofessional at an Ocala elementary school is a finalist to receive the Florida Department of Education's School-Related Employee of the Year award. 

Nursing school expands Ocala campus amidst consolidation

Rasmussen University, which specializes in educating nurses and other medical professionals, has completed the consolidation and expansion of its Ocala campus. 

Private Christian school expanding Ocala campus

A local, private Christian school is looking to expand its 55-acre campus with the addition of a newly constructed classroom building. 

Students sought for Florida campus tours hosted by Ocala

There are still spots available in a new city-led program that allows college-bound students between the ages of 14 and 18 in the Ocala area to tour colleges and universities in Florida. 

Free books for Marion children under five through Dolly Parton program

All Marion County children under the age of five are eligible to receive free books through a local organization that is championing a program created by Dollar Parton.

‘I’m going to shoot the kid’: Caller jailed in Dunnellon school shooting hoax

A Canadian man who believed he was in a relationship with a 13-year-old in Marion County is behind bars after he allegedly made a series of hoax calls, including one in which he claimed to be shooting children at Dunnellon Middle School. 

Paid internships available with Ocala Water Resources and Engineering

The City of Ocala's Water Resources and Engineering is offering paid internships for $15 an hour this summer for high school students interested in learning about pursuing a career in utilities and local government. 

Marion officials break ground on new elementary schools

Marion County officials broke ground on two new elementary schools in Ocala on Thursday. 

Marion breaking ground on two new elementary schools

Marion County Public School officials will break ground on two new elementary schools this week that are both scheduled to open in time for the 2025-2026 school year. 

College of Central Florida hosting preview events to showcase educational opportunities

The College of Central Florida is inviting prospective students of all ages to attend the annual preview events that will take place across its three campuses this week.

Kindergarten scores on the rise in Marion County

The latest results are in and kindergarten students in Marion County have shown a significant improvement in the statewide progress monitoring assessment.

Teen, six students injured after school bus and van collide in Marion County

A 16-year-old driver and six students were hospitalized on Friday afternoon after a minivan and school bus collided head-on in Marion County.