State university leaders OK new $25.7 million dorm on FGCU campus
Published 09/14/2012 at 5:20 a.m.
More students may be able to call Florida Gulf Coast University's campus home in the future.
Board of Governors get firsthand look at FGCU during meetings
Published 09/13/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
The last time the Board of Governors met at Florida Gulf Coast University, the southwest Florida institution had a different president, about half as many students and less than half its current buildings.
Lee Schools to reexamine rule barring buses from gated communities
Published 09/12/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
In response to an outcry from parents over bus stop safety, Lee County School District officials plan to reexamine a policy barring buses from driving into gated communities to pick up students.
Lee County parents continue bus stops push
Published 09/11/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
A battle over the Lee County School District's decision to move bus stops outside gated communities is likely to continue when the board meets today.
Four proposed charter schools seek to offer Collier parents, students choices
Published 09/03/2012 at 5:15 a.m. 4 Comments
Leaders with each of the organizations said their schools would diversify the countys academic offerings, giving parents a choice in their childrens schooling.
Mission Possible: New principal has high expectations at 'very challenging' school
Published 09/01/2012 at 5 p.m.
Despite the new challenges she faces at Parkside Elementary, Tamie Stewart is upbeat. "Our focus," she said, "is that we can raise student achievement, that we can build a school community. It's to do everything that we can for our ...
Back to class: Local schools, universities reopen after Isaac
Updated 08/27/2012 at 6:10 p.m.
The Lee County School District and Florida Gulf Coast University will resume classes tomorrow after finding little damage from Tropical Storm Isaac.
Outta sight: Isaac, we hardly knew you
Published 08/26/2012 at 10:42 p.m.
Isaac changed course Sunday, sending fear to the Crescent City and leaving prepared Southwest Floridians waiting and wet.
Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in southeast Louisiana
Updated 08/29/2012 at 5:06 a.m. 2 Comments
Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in southeast Louisiana with winds near 80 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's center reached land at 6:45 p.m. in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Frustration over bus stops boils over during Lee School Board meeting — parent escorted out
Published 08/21/2012 at 10:55 p.m.
Security officers escorted one parent from a Lee County School Board meeting and others walked out Tuesday after a board member suggested they build sidewalks, put up signs and install street lights to deal with their bus stop safety concerns.
Superintendent rides bus on Collier's first day of school
Updated 08/20/2012 at 5:47 p.m.
School is back in session for the nearly 44,000 students in Collier County.
Q&A with FGCU president: Bradshaw talks about budget shortfalls, growth and his next five years
Published 08/20/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Five years ago, Florida Gulf Coast University hired Wilson Bradshaw as its third president. Since then, Bradshaw, who previously led Minneapolis's Metropolitan State University, has steered the still-young institution through exponential growth and repeated budget cuts. The Daily News sat ...
Playing catch up: State law bars Collier schools from earlier start
Published 08/20/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
The Lee County School District is one of 13 that get a free pass on that rule thanks to two years of straight As on the Florida Department of Educations evaluation system.
Dozier, Chilmonik to runoff for Lee School Board seat; Morgan wins over Cochran
Published 08/14/2012 at 7:45 p.m.
The battle between former Lee County School Board rivals, Jeanne Dozier and Bob Chilmonik, isn’t over yet.
Teen critical after San Carlos Park bus stop hit-and-run
Published 08/09/2012 at 8:14 p.m.
Parents and schools officials are calling for drivers to keep an eye out for students waiting at bus stops after a 16-year-old San Carlos Park girl was struck by a pickup in a hit-and-run early Thursday - the second day ...
Lee Schools consider bonuses for principals who improve struggling schools
Published 08/07/2012 at 8:17 p.m.
Principals who take on the job of turning around troubled Lee County schools could be rewarded with up to $10,000 in additional compensation under an administrative salary schedule being considered by the district.
Edison State's nursing program earns accreditation
Updated 08/06/2012 at 8:52 p.m.
Edison State College administrators on Monday learned its baccalaureate nursing program has secured initial accreditation, a step forward from troubles that entangled the school last year.
State set to increase school property taxes
Published 08/01/2012 at 5 a.m.
Collier County taxpayers can expect to see their school property taxes increase slightly this year due to a state-required hike.
Allbritten addresses Edison State College's probation issues on first day
Published 07/31/2012 at 2 p.m.
Edison State College's new president hit the ground running on his first day, meeting with groups across campus to get a sense of what issues remain at the embattled school.
Collier shuffles principals at nine schools
Published 07/31/2012 at 5:35 a.m.
The Collier schools superintendent is hoping a second year of principal reassignments will again result in a boost in school grades.
Allbritten ready to rock as Edison State's new leader
Published 07/28/2012 at 4 p.m.
Now, he’s stepping in as the frontman for Edison State College, which is looking to him to right the ship after a series of scandals rocked the school.
Accused bank robber now faces charges of attempting to kill cop
Published 07/27/2012 at 6 p.m.
The 37-year-old Golden Gate man had threatened to kill officers after being pulled over for a traffic stop around 4 a.m. Monday morning in Collier County, Seminole police Captain Shawn Norton said.
"A" after all: Collier School District grade goes up after miscalculation
Updated 07/23/2012 at 6:37 p.m.
The Collier County School District's grade is expected to increase from a B to an A based on preliminary grade revisions from the state Department of Education.
Down grades: Collier and Lee School Districts both receive B
Updated 07/13/2012 at 8:33 p.m.
Collier and Lee county school districts both scored a B in district grades released today by the state Department of Education.
Making the grade: No failing elementary, middle schools in Collier
Published 07/11/2012 at 11:15 a.m.
Elementary and middle school grades have been released. In Collier County, there were 22 A's, six B's, 10 C's, four D's and no F's.
District to teachers union: We can't afford salary increases
Published 07/10/2012 at 5:45 a.m. 3 Comments
I know this isnt what you want to see, LaBute said to union leaders after presenting the offer. This is where we think we really need to be in this day and time.
Energy star: Naples native selected as Monster Energy 'ultimate intern'
Published 07/09/2012 at 4 a.m.
Naples native Laura Golly created a monster video that won her one of two "ultimate intern" slots with Monster Energy Drink. And she could do it because she already lives an incredible life.
Mixed messages: Lee School Board split on superindendent’s performance
Published 07/03/2012 at 8:33 p.m.
Overall, after the highest and lowest scores in the seven categories were eliminated, the superintendent received a 2.4 out of 3. That ranking puts Burke between meeting and exceeding expectations.
FGCU denied appeal on 12 percent tuition cap
Updated 06/29/2012 at 7:20 p.m.
An appeals committee has denied Florida Gulf Coast University's request for a 14 percent tuition increase.
Local business schools are outlet for young entrepreneurs
Published 06/26/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
At Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the former financial business leader helps young entrepreneurs get their business ventures on their feet — an option much more within reach because of the new resources available to them.
FGCU trustees to hold emergency meeting over tuition
Published 06/22/2012 at 2:51 p.m.
Trustees at Florida Gulf Coast University plan to hold an emergency meeting Monday to consider appealing the state's decision to limit the school's tuition increase to 12 percent.
State limits FGCU tuition increase to 12 percent, leaving $650,000 shortfall
Updated 06/21/2012 at 9:47 p.m.
Two days after Florida Gulf Coast University's trustees haggled over increasing tuition by 14 percent or 15 percent, the state stepped in and approved only a 12 percent increase.
Edison College placed on probation; leaders remain optimistic
Updated 06/21/2012 at 3:46 p.m.
Edison State College has been placed on probation -- the more severe of two sanctions that can be imposed by its accrediting body.
LIVE BLOG: FGCU trustees buck proposed 15 percent tuition hike
Published 06/19/2012 at 11:50 a.m.
Trustees voted 7-5 to increase tuition by 14 percent after hearing from three professors, two students and a dean who urged them to approve the full 15 percent. Student government president Peter Cuderman was the lone trustee of the original ...
Tolls to increase statewide
Published 06/11/2012 at 6:12 p.m.
Starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, tolls statewide will rise by an average of 25 cents – with or without a SunPass.
Lee, Collier school officials consider resolutions against high-stakes testing
Published 06/11/2012 at 6 a.m. 1 Comment
In the last month a national protest of high-stakes testing has gained traction, with more than 300 organizations and nearly 9,000 individuals supporting a resolution asking state and federal officials to r
LIVE BLOG: Jeff Allbritten picked as next Edison State College president
Updated 06/01/2012 at 12:31 p.m.
Jeff Allbritten has been picked as the next president at Edison State College.
Edison president search: Sarnovsky sees opportunity to have greater impact
Published 05/31/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
A community college graduate and longtime community college employee, Sarnovsky is passionate about the role the institutions play. “A community college is the crux and many times the glue that holds the community together,” he said during an open forum ...
Edison State officials confident next president remains after second finalist withdraws
Updated 05/25/2012 at 7:32 p.m.
Eric McKeithan, who last week received the most votes from a presidential search committee, said unanticipated opportunities presented themselves to launch a business with his family.
Ave Maria drops student health plan, insurance requirement
Updated 05/21/2012 at 7:42 p.m.
With premiums expected to rise by 66 percent, from $839 to $1,392, and deductibles scheduled to jump from $100 to $250, university officials decided to drop the mandate. The university's insurer also said new federal mandates would require coverage of ...
Hey, girlfriend: Edison students offer girlfriend-like online tasks for $5
Published 05/19/2012 at 7 p.m.
When Girlfriendhire.com launched – and saw so much traffic, it crashed for several hours. More than a month later, the site has topped 100,000 page views. It has more than 1,600 users who have made 300 orders.
Candidate for Edison State president position drops out
Published 05/16/2012 at 12:31 p.m.
One of five finalists for president of Edison State College has withdrawn her application.
Former Collier campus leader among 5 finalists for Edison president
Published 05/16/2012 at 6 a.m.
A former Collier campus president is one of five finalists for the top post at Edison State College, but some question whether his history at the college should be seen as an advantage.
Edison narrows its presidential search to 5
Published 05/15/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
Restoring trust and establishing open lines of communication were themes during Edison State Colleges first round of interviews with presidential hopefuls. I think we heard that very clearly and very loudl
Edison College narrows presidential candidate field; former Collier president makes cut
Updated 05/08/2012 at 10:17 p.m.
Edison State College's presidential search committee has selected nine candidates of the original 40 to invite for on-campus interviews.
Edison State College's president search grows; former Collier campus president on list of 39
Updated 05/08/2012 at 1:56 p.m.
Edison State College has released the names of eight new applicants for its presidential position hours before its search committee will meet to narrow down the pool of hopefuls. Among the list is the former president of Edison State College's ...
In Recovery? Unemployment falling but experts say it won't return to historic lows
Published 05/01/2012 at 5 p.m.
Special report: Years of skyrocketing unemployment rates in Southwest Florida are finally giving way to more normal levels. But "normal" may have a new meaning: unemployment rates that are at least double what they were before the housing market collapsed ...
More than 1,200 FGCU students graduate Sunday
Updated 04/29/2012 at 5:40 p.m.
When Sabrina Puhr called her professor to tell her she'd been diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer, the professor recommended she take a brief leave from her master's program.
End of an era: Edison trustees agree to $540,000 settlement with former Pres. Walker
Updated 04/24/2012 at 8:49 p.m.
Edison State College's board of trustees voted today to accept a three-pronged settlement with fired former president Kenneth Walker. Under the settlement's terms, Edison will pay Walker $540,000, accept his retirement as of Jan. 23 and neither side will pursue ...
Edison College leaders respond to concerns raised by accrediting body
Published 04/17/2012 at 9 p.m.
Now, Edison’s leaders can only wait to hear back from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, optimistic that the steps they have taken have corrected the school’s issues.