• Saint John Paul II reborn

    LECANTO — The slate has been wiped clean and the school is alive.

    Citrus County’s only Catholic school, which survived a permanent shutdown six months ago, has made a 180-degree turn.

  • District sets schedule for FCAT retakes

    The fall administration of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) retakes will be administered Oct. 6 to 10.

    Students needing to take this assessment may make arrangements with any of the high schools to test during regular school hours. If they wish to take the assessment in the evening, they will need to contact Amy Crowell to make an appointment and find out the location.

  • Swiatek nominated for Technologist of the Year

    When it comes to technology, the Citrus County’s School District’s technology specialist may give national educators a run for their money.

    Jerry Swiatek could soon be the Technologist of the Year at the 2014 annual Bammy Awards.

    Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, the Bammy Award is an award recognizing the contributions of educators from across the education fields, according to the Bammy Awards press release.

  • Home field = advantage

    After being guests on your “home field,” there’s nothing like having your own turf.

    That’s what the students and members of Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto are anticipating to celebrate at their first football game in 2015.

    Just southeast of the school on West Southern Street — about a mile down — are piles of downed trees and graded land for the future home of Seven Rivers Christian School’s $1.6 million athletic complex, yet to be named.

  • ‘Best Boss 2014’

    Active and passionate supervisors are what differentiate one boss from the next. They are the ones who often find themselves with employees who follow their directions with respect and the hunger to work harder.

    But becoming a “servant leader” just doesn’t happen overnight. It often takes place because a person is involved with the accumulation of years of great mentors.

    That is what Citrus High School Principal and Best Boss Richard Hilgert declares.

  • Rotary program expands kids’ worlds

    Imagine being only 15, 16, 17 or 18 years old and traveling across the world to live with strangers.

    You know no one, their customs are different from yours and you are required to attend school.

    Welcome to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

  • Enrollment is up for Citrus school district

    Behind the numbers

    Citrus County School District officials projected 14,550 pupils for the 2014-15 school year. Three weeks after the first day of school, they are reporting 14,584 students have enrolled.

    Last year, at this time, 14,633 pupilswere enrolled in the CCSD.



  • Outside education

    Eryn Worthington

    Staff writer

    Navigating 6 miles west on the winding Fort Island Trail, travelers are led to a marsh-like environment surrounded with tropical vegetation and brackish water.

    Nestled in this beauty is a unique, stilted school where local students think outside the box and use their scenic surroundings to better understand their academics.

    It is listed as the Academy of Environmental Science, but many call it home.

  • CSI at CRHS



    Editor’s note: Parents, do you remember classes when you were in school? The curriculum and way of learning has changed. This story is part of an ongoing series where we take a look into diverse classes in Citrus County and what students are learning in the 2014-15 school year.

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  • Private school enrollment soars in Citrus County

    It is yet another record year for area private schools.

    As of Monday, all Citrus County students have returned to school — both public and private. Those attending their private schools are finding record-high attendance and a need for new buildings.