Local students helped cook and serve food at this year’s Wild Game Feast in Gainesville. The event took place Thursday night at the Rotary Conservation Area at Hatchet Creek. The annual event sponsored by the local Rotary Club featured dishes created and prepared by students of the Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts. The institute’s Director Chef Billie DeNunzio says the best part about teaching is her students’ enthusiasm. Sophomore Abby Gilkey says the program at Eastside provides the best culinary training. Proceeds from the feast are donated to local charities as well as to Eastside High. About 1600 people attended the event to enjoy several different foods, including elk, buffalo and quail. A majority of this year’s donations will go to S.W.A.G., or the Southwest Advocacy Group, located on 8th Avenue in Gainesville. The money will go toward building projects in that community.
The resignation of former Alachua County Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts last month has raised the long-standing discussion over the pros and cons of appointing versus electing a school district's chief executive officer. The Alachua County School Board voted to accept Roberts' resignation June 21. Roberts, who was appointed to his position in 2014, was the only school superintendent in North Central Florida not elected by county voters. Of the 11 counties in the area, 10 have elected superintendents. Forty-one of the state’s 67 counties elect their respective superintendent of schools.