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Walk-A-Thon has record year raising $20,008

They came, they walked and they raised a whole lot of money for the teachers and students of Gilchrist County. The annual Walk-a-Thon for education brought out a record crowd this year. Some eleven teams were signed up to participate in this annual walk through the streets of Trenton. The fundraising had been going on for months before the big ... Full Story »

Bell FFA does well at District Land Judging Contest

The 2018 District Land Judging event was hosted by Dixie Soil and Water Conservation District. FFA Chapters from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy Counties participated. Gilchrist County was represented by Bell Junior and Senior FFA Chapters. FFA Advisors Debbie Jones and Bill Martin had three teams from each chapter competing in this year’s land judging competition. The winning Junior team was ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County 4-H Events Day bring local clubs together

County Events Day was held last Saturday, January 27 in Bell. Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks are one of the most important ways our 4-H members learn...by doing! For this event, youth will show and tell judges about their chosen project. Juniors demonstration winner was Kaydence Faught with a red ribbon, 1st in category. Intermediates winners were Evelyn Frazier with a ... Full Story »

Farm Credit of Florida’s Trenton Branch Donates to Bell and Trenton FFA Chapters

Farm Credit of Florida, a locally owned agricultural lending cooperative, recently donated $700 to each FFA chapter in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County. FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a dynamic youth leadership organization focused on preparing the next generation of leaders in agriculture. FFA is an integral part of agricultural education by helping make classroom ... Full Story »

Wingate named Teacher of the Year and Beauchamp named Employee of the Year

Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin introduced the four school principals at the Monday, January 21, Gilchrist County Rotary meeting. Each year the local Rotary Club sponsors the plaques for the District Teacher of the Year and the District Employee of the Year. This weekÕs Rotary meeting honored those winning from each school and the two overall winners from the ... Full Story »

A locally elected School Superintendent could be a thing of the past in Florida

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County is one of Florida’s 41 counties that elect their school superintendent. Most of the larger school districts have board appointed superintendents. A total of 26 districts have school board appointed or hired superintendents. The Florida Constitution Revision Commission meets every 20 years to make amendment proposals that then are put on the election ballot ... Full Story »

Education Foundation Walk A Thon just a month away

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County will hold it’s annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, February 3, beginning at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies will follow at 9:45 a.m. The walk will get underway at 10:00 a.m. Participants can walk, run, bike, wheelchair, skate, roller blade, or push a stroller along the two mile ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County School Board Members and Superintendent Rankin Receive recognition

Superintendent Rob Rankin and the Gilchrist County School Board members were recognized on November 30, 2017 at the 72nd Annual Joint Conference and Board of Directors meeting. We are proud to announce that all five school board members were awarded the ‘Certified Board Member’ credential. This distinct honor is achieved by completing a 96 hour training program providing instruction in ... Full Story »

Winter Concert at Trenton Elementary very special event

You could have heard a pin drop as the third grade students began to play The Little Drummer Boy at the Trenton Elementary School Winter Concert. The event was held Thursday, December 14. Parents and grandparents were all smiles as they heard the beautiful music coming from the third grade students’ recorders.  Third graders Madison Wilder and Leila Caniff were ... Full Story »

School District concerned about funding shortage

By Cindy Jo Ayers During the December 12 meeting of the Gilchrist County School Board, Superintendent Robert Rankin and the School Board discussed the funding that is tied to student enrollment. Superintendent Rankin told the board that there were fewer students attending Gilchrist County Schools than predicted. He stated that fewer students will mean less funding for the district. This ... Full Story »