Community School

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The Leon County School district will put its long-talked about community school at Sabal Palm Elementary. Superintendent Rocky Hanna says it’s the natural location since Florida State University is putting a medical lab nearby.

District Superintendent Jackie Pons and City Commissioner Gil Ziffer meet to discuss a proposed community school.
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Rickards High School is expanding its services to include a medical center and food pantry, and more programs could be on the way.  A committee led by city Commissioner Gil Ziffer met Wednesday with Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons.

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A meeting on a proposed community school in Southern Tallahassee was abruptly canceled Thursday. It's the latest in the fight between school superintendent Jackie Pons and City commissioner Gil Ziffer over the plan.

City Commissioner Gil Ziffer
The Village Square

Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer’s push for a community school ratcheted up a notch Thursday. Ziffer is accusing the Leon County School District, and Superintendent Jackie Pons, of not showing enough support for his community school idea.

Leon school and health officials discuss the launch of a new health center at Rickards High School (Feb. 2016)
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The Leon County School District is opening a new health center at Rickards High School. The district has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center to provide healthcare for Southside families and students.

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The Tallahassee City Commission met Wednesday to determine the year’s agenda. The commission discussed development and community needs.

Joe Rondone, Tallahassee Democrat /

Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer is moving forward with plans for a community school. The program would house social services and healthcare to better support students and area residents. Ziffer says the next step is involving the community in the planning process.