In The News

New First 30 program will offer a huge benefit for our students.

Congratulations to Florence High School's 12 for Life program on being named one of only fifteen CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) Banner Schools or Programs in the state of Alabama! Congratulations also to the Southwire Corporation which partners with Florence City on this exemplary program! 152 schools or programs were nominated for the prestigious recognition.

Read the entire announcement at the link below.

Paige Michael, Special Education teacher at Florence High School, is surprised by WHNT19 News today with a check for $319.  She is a Tools for Teacher Honoree!  Congratulations Mrs. Paige!  (Photo Shown at Right)

Florence City Schools art students won many awards at the annual Artistic Renderings of Youth exhibition at the Kennedy Douglas Center.  Congratulations to the students and to their teachers, Jerry Foster, Kathryn Townsend, and Pat Reaves!

2013 Artistic Renderings of Youth winners

Forest Hills Elementary Selected as One of Five Schools in Alabama as a Blue Ribbon School


By Lisa Singleton-Rickman Staff writer
Five Florence city schools students won medals in this year’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership competition.  The July competition in Orlando resulted in Alabama’s students winning 32 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze medals among 100 participants.  Among those medal winners were Florence students LaTosha Armstead and Rachel Carter, who won gold. Anna Moore, Jordan Starks and Jacob Mitchell won bronze. The students competed for national awards in their areas of expertise and participated in advanced leadership workshops. To be eligible to compete, they had to first win at the state level. About 2,500 students from across the country advanced to the national competition.

By Lisa Singleton-Rickman; Staff writer

The Florence school district is taking aim at absenteeism through a short but straightforward video campaign scheduled for release next week. 

Superintendent Janet Womack called the video “a campaign to get the community behind our efforts to help students.” The video will be shown throughout the community beginning with the district’s student orientation sessions Wednesday. 



School board OKs office renovations

by Lisa Singleton-Rickman; Staff Writer
Renovations will begin soon on the sixth floor of the Florence-Lauderdale government building downtown, the future home of the Florence school district’s administrative offices.  The Florence school board Wednesday approved renovations estimated to cost between 500,000-$600,000.  Read More...

Florence Falcons welcome state's first high school equestrian team

by Erica Odell; WAAY TV

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAAY)- Starting this year, the Florence Falcons are welcoming two horses and ten students to the state's first high school equestrian team.  "I think it's one of the greatest things to happen for the horse industry and the area, because there are so many people here that have horses and don't get the opportunity to do anything," said Coach Donny Young.  "This is a good opportunity for students to learn something that they can't find anywhere else."  Young said that five students will compete in English style riding and the other half in Western....Read More...

School officials break ground on new athletic facility

By Josh Skaggs; Staff Writer

Construction began this morning on a $1.1 million athletic complex in Florence schools, which will house weight training facilities and a practice field on the high school campus.  The expansion will allow student-athletes in 14 sports to utilize the indoor facility, which will provide a 35- or 40-yard practice field and weight training machines....Read More...


By Josh Skaggs, Staff Writer

FLORENCE -- The Florence Board of Education tonight approved hiring Joey Dawson as principal of Weeden Elementary School, effective immediately.  Dawson has been a Florence city schools employee for five years and has been assistant principal at Weeden for three years....Read More...

By Bernie Delinski; Staff Writer

On most days, JaKari Lewis heads to a local station to visit members of the Florence Fire Department.  But Monday, the firefighters surprised the 11-year-old Harlan Elementary School student with a visit.  About a dozen firefighters walked into the school gym, where Lewis was sitting among classmates at the school’s annual awards day ceremony.  The firefighters were there for a special presentation: a Florence fire helmet for Lewis, who had alerted firefighters of smoke coming from Granny’s Country Kitchen on Oct. 17 when he was visiting Station No. 3, near the restaurant....Read More...


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