Principal Anne Januario graduates from 1st inaugural Tarpon Springs Citizens Academy!The new Citizen Academy, modeled after academies put on by other local governments in the area, started as an idea proposed by Commissioner David Banther last January. Banther was participating in Leadership Pinellas, which explores countywide issues, when he realized that Tarpon Springs could benefit from a program that similarly engages its citizens.There were eight classes held Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., through March 2nd are were designed to help residents understand how their city government works, department by department. Each week, Citizen’s Academy students explored a different department within the city, from Fire and Police to Public Works and Cultural Services. Participants learned about the issues the city faces and had the opportunity to talk with city leaders and key staff members. They also learned how their taxpayer dollars were being spent, Banther added. The classes and graduation event were held at our Citizens Academy location on East Martin Luther King Junior facility in Tarpon Springs.Pictured below is Anne Januario with Major Archie, her graduating class, Commissioner David Banther and Commissioner Townsend Tarapani.