Education

Nature Coast Students win scholarship at automotive technology competition

L to R: Braedon Santella, Devan Morgan, their instructor Kevin Moglia, Wayne Lehnert, UTI – Orlando, Director of Operations/Education and Steve McElfresh (far right), UTI – Orlando, campus president.

ORLANDO – A two man team from Nature Coast Technical High School, Braedon Santella and Devan Morgan recently placed 10th at the 2016 Top Tech Challenge hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Orlando. Twenty teams from 11 high schools around the state entered the competition, which tested prowess in automotive technology. For their 10th place finish, Santella and Morgan each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando.

School District grade is in, but what does it mean?

Hernando Sun Staff

School district grades were received in February 2016 for the 2014-2015 school year. The grades usually come out during the summer, but changes in the grading system prolonged the scoring process. This year, Hernando County received a score of 411 which translates to a B. The mean score was 406, with St. Johns County scoring the highest at 528 and Jefferson County scoring the lowest at 227.

School Board Plans to offer substantial raise to try to retain Superintendent

The January 12th School Board workshop regarding contract negotiations were not as productive as desired by the board due to not receiving a response from Dr. Romano about a potential offer. The District's Attorney Dennis Alfonso stated that the original purpose of the meeting would have been to give him direction on a contract to draft if decisions had been made on terms.

Student Rep Clay Everett Gives Monthly Update to School Board; 12/8/15

Hernando Sun Staff

Clay Everett is Hernando High School Senior and Student Representative

The student body had a quarterly delegate meeting on December 8th, where delegates from each school come together and discuss issues at the schools. Ms. Drenth, Director of Food Services spoke to them on the topic of school lunches. "We the delegates informed Ms. Drenth on some of the complaints students have with the lunches," stated Mr. Everett. She assured the students that she would "help fix all the fixable issues." Ms. Drenth educated the students on the federal mandates she must follow with the lunches.

Progress on 360 Evaluation for Superintendent?

Hernando Sun Staff

The school board is still in negotiations on the Superintendent's contract. They have also been working since June on developing a survey in order to evaluate the superintendent. It was decided by the board not to tie the survey to the Superintendent's contract.

The previous survey was flawed according to school board members, as well as Dr. Romano. Additionally, all agree that the survey referred to as a "360" evaluation could be a powerful and helpful tool.

Early Schools of Hernando County: Brooksville, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Istachatta and Bayport

Lykes One Room Schoolhouse in Spring Hill

Early Hernando County schools were privately run by individual families or churches. Schools in Spring Hill and Istachatta were established quite early on and functioned as a refuge that could be used during indian attack. An early school in Brooksville housed in the Union Baptist Church thrived before the Civil War. These early schools were quite numerous, but much of their history has been lost.

Informal Meeting Format for School Board

Hernando Sun Staff

December 8th Informal Meeting Agenda

The school board recently started having an “informal meeting” prior to Regular School Board Meetings. An agenda without listed agenda items is provided for each informal meeting. Since no items are listed on the agenda, it is not possible for the public or media to determine what will be discussed prior to the meeting.

The informal meetings are voice recorded. The informal meeting on November 3rd was 3 hours in length while November 17th informal meeting was 1 hour, 18 minutes.

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