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Academy named one of the best charter schools

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 17, 2007


LAND O'LAKES

No one from the Academy at the Farm charter school showed up Tuesday to thank the Pasco County School Board for approving the school's expansion by another 35 students. But they had good reason: director Michael Rom and much of his staff were on their way to Washington, D.C., where the Center for Education Reform was honoring Academy at the Farm as one of the nation's 53 best charter schools. That's out of nearly 4, 000 across the country. The rating was based on several categories, including student achievement, improvement over time, percentage of at-risk students served and parental involvement. "We're ecstatic, " said Tami Flournory, head middle school teacher, who stayed behind to run the K-8 campus. They plan a local celebration next week. Bur don't rush over in hopes of securing a spot at the school in Dade City - it has a waiting list of about 175, with most of the new slots targeted to siblings of kids who attend there now.

DADE CITY

City featured on Hometown Friday

WTVT-Ch. 13's morning show Good Day Tampa Bay will broadcast segments from outside the historic courthouse downtown from 5 to 9 a.m. Friday. The public is invited. The show's Hometown Friday segment highlights different Tampa Bay communities. Dade City's will feature several local businesses, the chamber of commerce, the Main Street organization, Pioneer Florida Museum, the annual Kumquat Festival and the Dade City Business Center's downtown trolley tours.

Discounted golf for military personnel

On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, all active-duty military personnel will be able to play the championship golf courses at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club for $30 per round after noon. "We are offering this program to honor servicemen and -women in the Tampa Bay area, " says Lake Jovita head golf professional Jim Hafner. In addition, "From May 20 through Sept. 30, all active-duty personnel can play two-for-one. That is, two players for $99, after noon." Both special rates include 18-holes of golf, cart and use of practice facilities. Members of the Armed Forces may reserve tee times up to two days in advance of play. The courses are open for play Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, or to reserve tee times, call the Pro Shop at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club at (352) 588-9200.