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  • Tallahassee Democrat

Recent articles by Gershon:

Alachua County school district to require clear bags for middle, high school students

Alachua County Public Schools on Monday notified parents that all middle and high school students will be required to wear clear backpacks next year. → Read More

School district officials accidently send Alachua County parents 'active shooter' alert

Alachua County Public Schools accidently sent parents an alert Thursday morning stating that there was an active shooter around a school campus. → Read More

Pace Center for Girls unveils new mural "Protect. Love. Serve." to promote safe driving

Local artist Jenna Horner unveiled a mural at the Pace Center for Girls in Gainesville to promote safe driving. She said the center is an inpiration. → Read More

UF to change teachings on racism or risk $100M in funding due to 'Stop WOKE' bill

The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law in April, revises requirements for instruction based on the history of African Americans. → Read More

Class of 2022: High school graduates, photos of top academic achievers in Alachua County, region

Approximately 1,700 students are expected to graduate this year from Alachua County's seven high schools between May 24 to 27. → Read More

Alachua County Public Schools to host in-person kindergarten round-up registration events

The district-wide event will be held on April 27 at varying times depending on the school. → Read More

University of Florida Police Department under fire after racial discrimination complaint

A current and former UF police officer filed a pair of complaints against UFPD. The current officer said she also faces discrimination as a woman. → Read More

Buchholz High School math group hope for 15th win in state championship

Winners of the competition will advance to Nationals which is held in Washington D.C. in July. → Read More

State-approved financial literacy bill would move course from an elective to a requirement

A new bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis will turn a financial literacy course from an elective to a required course. → Read More

Santa Fe College honors community leaders with Women of Distinction and Promise awards

The nominated women would have been honored in March 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event was postponed. → Read More

COVID-19 update: Alachua County numbers are falling, but a subvariant of omicron looms

The state has no intention of investigating its overstated vaccination count as cases decline throughout the Sunshine State and Alachua County. → Read More

New interim superintendent Shane Andrew jumps right into his role as acting district chief

Shane Andrew's contract as interim superintendent is still under review. He replaces former superintendent Carlee Simon, who was fired after 2 years. → Read More

Man dies after being struck by RTS bus while crossing the street near UF campus

The man, who wasn't named, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. → Read More

15-member youth group created to help reduce gang, gun violence around Alachua County

The15-member committee made up of youth from around Alachua County will meet regularly to find ways to reduce gang involvement and gun violence. → Read More

Hidden Oak Elementary School student wins Alachua County Public Schools spelling bee

Jeevan George of Hidden Oak Elementary won the event; he will move on to the regional event, which will be held April 1 on Zoom. → Read More

Hospitals in Alachua County report fewer patients with COVID-19

Mirroring the statewide trend, local hospitals see the number of COVID-19 cases drop; officials say the omicron variant's peak may have crested. → Read More

'It's for the kids': Expansion for Oak View Middle School breaks ground

The building is expected to be completed by Nov. 28. It will contain 16 classrooms and a collaborative learning center. → Read More

Here's how you can celebrate Martin Luther King holiday in Alachua County

Martin Luther King holiday events start Thursday and run through Monday, with events from renaming the courthouse to service opportunities and art. → Read More

New private school hoping to come to Gainesville by fall 2022

The Aegis Institute, a private school for students in grades 9-12, plans to open its doors to students by September 2022. → Read More

Alachua County Public Schools invites families to learn about new literacy program

The webinar will be held Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. In order to attend the webinar, families will have to register. → Read More