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Magnet Expo for 2011-2012 school year

Magnet Expo for 2011-2012 school year

Hillsborough County, Florida -- The Magnet Expo, featuring a marketing fair of displays from all Hillsborough County magnet schools will be held at Blake High School for the 2011-2012 school year.

The Magnet Expo is a marketing showcase of Hillsborough County’s outstanding magnet schools and programs.

Families will have the chance to obtain information about the new programs and the different options available on Friday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Each magnet school will represent their theme and program. Families will have the opportunity to talk with school personnel and current students in a festive atmosphere that includes entertainment by a jazz band, strings, and steel drums in the courtyard.  

Magnet schools are available for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade.

The deadline for students to apply for middle and high school magnet programs is Jan.

Hearing postponed for teacher accused of lewd molestation

Hearing postponed for teacher accused of lewd molestation

Tampa, FL - Tammy Clinton of Odessa, who was charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct on Feb. 4 2010, appeared in Hillsborough County Court today for a deposition. She was originally booked at Orient Road Jail in West Tampa

Clinton, who will turn 40 years old this week, was a 6th grade teacher at Farnell Middle School when she allegedly asked a 14-year-old student to fondle her breasts and buttocks in January of 2010. In addition, on two other occasions, she attempted to entice the victim to meet her off of the school campus, which is located between East Lake and Westchase, for the purpose of committing specific sexual acts on the victim.

Mental health facility closes under state scrutiny

Mental health facility closes under state scrutiny

Riverview, FL (AP) -- Officials say a children's mental health facility near Tampa is closing.

The Tampa Bay Academy in Riverview announced Friday plans to close its residential treatment and group homes by the end of December. Nearly 200 employees will be laid off.

The academy had been under scrutiny by state health care officials in recent years. In 2008, Tampa Bay Academy lost its license after an investigation found cases of sexual assaults and poor supervision.

Inspectors have reported incidents of runaways, fights, bullying and, in one case, a child who slit his or her wrists on two occasions with pieces of a smashed toilet.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration placed a moratorium on admissions to the facility in July.

The company said financial hardship led to the decision to close the facility.

Most of the children have already been discharged.