Who: Supt. MaryEllen Elia and Symmes Elementary Principal Julie Hasson
What: Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
When: Today, Wednesday, August 20 at 1 p.m.
Where: Symmes Elementary, 6280 Watson Road, Riverview
Why: Supt. Elia was challenged to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
How: Superintendent MaryEllen Elia will meet with two brothers, one a student at Symmes Elementary and the other a student at Progress Village Middle Magnet, whose mother is dealing with ALS. The boys, ages 8 and 10, will do the honor of pouring the ice water over Supt. Elia and Principal Hasson at the event. Their mother, who has limited speech due to this disease, will be in attendance.
First day enrollment in Hillsborough County Public Schools is up nearly 4,000 students this year compared to the first day of school last year.
Schools reported enrollment of 190,814 today, up 3,997 from last year. Last year, on the first day of school, the district reported an enrollment increase of 2,863 students compared to the previous year.
After several years of relatively flat enrollment or slight decreases, Hillsborough County Public Schools has seen three years of growth, and this year appears to be continuing that trend.
Historically, it has taken several weeks before the district hits its peak enrollment. This year, the projected enrollment is approximately 205,000. The district will make several student counts over the next weeks, ending with the 20th day count, which is expected to give a true reading of how much the district has grown.
Hillsborough County Public Schools is the nation’s eighth largest district.
Also on the first day of school, the district’s new relationship with Kelly Services got off to a tremendous start. Starting this year, Kelly Service provides substitute teachers for the district. The reported “fill rate” (the percentage of substitute teacher openings that were filled) for the first day was 99.6 percent. Historically, the school district has had a fill rate of less than 80 percent.
Who: Broward and James elementary schools; and the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America and the Imperial Court Daughters of Isis
What: Backpack and school supply donation presentation
When: 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20
Where: James Elementary School – 4302 E. Ellicott St., Tampa
How: The Imperial Council will present more than 1,100 backpacks and essential school supplies to Broward and James elementary school students. The backpack and tools for schools program will include School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, Broward and James elementary school principals and students, and Imperial Council representatives.