St. Pete's failing school receives support of city council

  • (L to R) Councilman Wengay Newton, Latoya Reed and Nicholas Bent

At Thursday’s meeting, St. Pete’s City Council got welcome relief from the hot button issues it has grappled with since being seated a little over two months ago.

Blarney (defined by the Irish as charming, persuasive flattery) flowed throughout today's meeting. The fare was a buffet of feel-good awards and proclamations.

Maximo Elementary received the St. Pete Promise Award. St. Pete Promise (SPP) is a partnership between the City of St. Petersburg, the Pinellas Education Foundation and the Pinellas County School District, which seeks to assist underperforming schools with “at risk” students.

SPP was created late last year as an umbrella organization for several programs including the Mayor's Mentors & More, Take Stock in Children, the Top Apple awards and the Corporate Partners program.