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Past articles by Thyrie:

Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin may get $50K raise and a bonus up to $100K

FGCU trustees think President Mike Martin is doing a good job leading the school and may reward him with a base salary increase and a bonus. → Read More

Lee County school board decides to discontinue controversial meetings

"I thought it was kind an ill-organized gripe session with a few kudos thrown in," school board member Betsy Vaughn said. → Read More

Lee school board member reneges on promise to call for an investigation into use of $3.9M

The Lee County School District was accused last year of misspending $3.9 million in ad valorem taxes. → Read More

The state of the Lee County school district: 'extremely strong'

Superintendent Greg Adkins was the main speaker during State of Our Schools Breakfast on Friday. → Read More

Lee County school board gives itself low grades on self-evaluations

The Lee County school board recently completed evaluations of the board. Six of the seven members gave the board low-performance marks. → Read More

Lee County school district tentatively agrees to buy Estero land for $1.5 million

The Lee County school district is buying two pieces of land in Estero for $4 million. It plans to build a K-8 school. → Read More

Effort to fire Lee superintendent Greg Adkins fails 4-3 after long, emotional meeting

The Lee County School Board met for more than four hours Tuesday before voting 4-3 not to fire superintendent Greg Adkins. → Read More

Golden Apple winners shine on award night

Six Lee County School District teachers were honored Friday as Golden Apple award winners. → Read More

Lee County school board's performance comes up during superintendent's evaluation

The seven Lee County School Board members recently completed evaluations of Superintendent Greg Adkins. → Read More

Former Evangelical Christian teacher accused of having sex with student pleads no contest

Former Evangelical Christian School teacher Suzanne Owen was arrested last year and accused of having sex with a student in her car. → Read More

Lee school board member plans to ask board to fire Superintendent Greg Adkins

Lee County School Board recently completed their annual evaluations of Adkins. Three of four board members gave Adkins poor evaluation ratings → Read More

FGCU entrepreneurship students report earning $2.5M in gross revenue

FGCU started offering an entrepreneurship degree program in 2017. It tracks many businesses its students start and how much the startups gross. → Read More

Lee County School Board approves teacher raises

Some Lee County teachers will receive raises between 2 and 9.5 percent under an agreement the school board approved Tuesday. → Read More

Longtime administrator named provost at Florida SouthWestern State College

Eileen DeLuca beat out two other finalists for the provost job at Florida SouthWestern State College. → Read More

There are 24 charter schools in Lee County. 3 more want to open.

Two of three charter schools that want to open in Lee County in 2020 plan to target high school dropouts. → Read More

Collier, Lee educators join statewide 'walk-in' for more state funding

Collier County teachers met outside their schools and joined a statewide walk-in to support increased funding for public schools. → Read More

Lee County school district plans to host town hall meeting on bus stop safety

Layla Aiken, 8, was struck March 25 as she sat on the edge of the road in Cape Coral waiting on a school bus. → Read More

Atlanta Public Schools transportation director rejects job at Lee County schools

John Franklin, head of transportation for Atlanta Public Schools, was offered a similar position at at the Lee County school district. → Read More

$6.3M. That's how much sales tax money Lee schools collected in January

The Lee County School District held a news conference Thursday to announce $6.3 million was collected as a result of a half-cent sales tax. → Read More

Lawsuit prompts questions about new Lee County School District transportation director

Superintendent Greg Adkins was forced defend his picks for two jobs during a Lee County School Board meeting. → Read More