Supervisor of Elections Returns $14,000 in Unused Funds to School Board

Hernando Sun Staff

A sum of $14,142.81 was returned to the School Board from the Supervisor of Election's Office last week. The money returned to the school board were funds designated for the Special Election held on September 8, 2015 that were never used by the elections office.

Voters Pass Half Cent Sales Tax in Special Election

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:15am

Hernando County School District

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County voters approved the return of a one-half cent sales tax Sept. 8th 2015. The return of the sales tax means that starting in January 2016, the district will receive approximately $8 million per year that will be used for repairs to school facilities, maintenance, and capital improvements.

Learning and Creativity Abound at Library's Makerspace

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A makerspace is a do it yourself (DIY) place for people to create, learn and invent independently or collaboratively. The popularity of makerspaces have been on the rise for several years. It seems like a number of makerspaces have been popping up all over America following the establishment of the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library Makerspace in 2011. However, the general idea is centuries old. Today makerspace workshops are equipped with a wide variety of tools and resources for DIY projects.

School District Opens Academy for Off-Track Middle Schoolers

Hernando Sun Staff

Around 50 Hernando County students quietly listened to 18 year old Sam Vrinios, a track state champ and teen entrepreneur speak about his successes in life and how he got there. His mother followed, Jamie Cruz Vrinios in which she boldly described the harsh treatment from her family due to her teen pregnancies. She found herself in poverty as a result, but was able to navigate beyond this and become a highly successful entrepreneur in her own right, author and inspirational speaker. She encouraged the students to “Play to win. Don’t play not to lose.”

Half Cent Sales Tax Special Election Approaching and Millage Rate Increase

Hernando Sun Staff

In 2014, the school board partnered with the county under the Penny for Projects sales surtax referendum, in order to establish a one cent sales surtax, 50% of which would have gone to the school district. The plan was to use a large part of the school district’s proceeds for tablets and technology: $62,395,000 out of roughly $87 million collected over the ten year time period. The school board had considered this to be an extension of the previous half cent sales surtax which was in place for ten years and expired on December 31, 2014.

School Board Will Receive Funding from County for Security

Hernando Sun Staff

The Hernando County School District has requested $250,000 in funding to keep (14) school resource officers (SROs) and (44) crossing guards through the HC Sheriff’s Office. The School District’s Safe Schools allocation is $478,068. The cost of SROs through the contract with the Sheriff’s Office is $638,731, while the cost of crossing guards is an additional $145,337. HCSO has stated that they cannot reduce these costs further. Dr.

Improved Pass Rates for State Science, History and Civics Assessments

Hernando County School Board

Hernando County students earned recognition from Commissioner Pam Stewart for their improved performance on state science, U.S. History and civics assessments in 2015. Total fifth graders who passed science assessments increased 4 percentage points, and total eighth graders who passed science assessments increased 3 percentage points. Total high school students who passed the U.S. History end-of-course exam increased 3 percentage points. Proficiency rates on these three assessments exceeded state averages.