Posted: 3:48 am Thursday, June 14th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
Hernando County Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano fired all 47 of the teachers at the low-performing Morton Elementary in April. Now it’s Dr. Romano who has been fired. School Board members will present her formal letter of termination on June 26th, and Romano will have 10 days to contest it.
The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization’s Transportation Committee wants to make the commute shorter and safer. They approved a five-year funding plan for improvements in the wake of the deadly crash on Bayshore Blvd in Tampa. Other roads on the list include Dale Mary and Kennedy.
Largo has a big problem with on-emergency phone calls clogging up the 911 lines. But a new program will offer mental health assistance since many of those callers are in need of that type of help. Mental health advocates will go on call with officers. Directions for Living was instrumental in getting the program in place.
The nonprofit arm of Tampa Bay Partnership will receive $300,000 from JP Morgan Chase to study if Tampa is producing enough skilled workers in three phases. An earlier report from Tampa Bay Partnership, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast found the Bay area was behind when it came to the
Tampa’s Historic Streetcar will be a free ride for the next three years. FDOT made the announcement Tuesday that a Transit Service Grant is making it possible starting in August for the almost 3-mile ride around downtown Tampa. The streetcars will make the trek more often and with extended hours.
St Petersburg City Council will be discussing the “No Straws St Pete” campaign at today’s meeting. The grassroots movement to limit the use of plastic straws has over 100 businesses on board. Clearwater and Gulfport are considering similar plans.