THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 15, 2017......... Gov. Rick Scott signed a controversial and wide-ranging education bill Thursday, brushing aside nearly unanimous opposition from the state's major education organizations.

The 278-page measure (HB 7069), which didn't emerge in final form until the final days of the regular legislative session, deals with everything from school testing to recess.

Superintendent encourages summer reading in regular update

The Superintendent's update is an overview of the happenings within the school district over the past two weeks, delivered by Karen Jordan, Public Information Officer to the Hernando County School Board on May 30th.

Karen Jordan, Public Information Officer, shared highlights of events at county schools over the past two weeks. The first event was a visit by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of School Improvement and Differentiated Accountability.

Get to know some GRADUATES

David Swicord during the Nature Coast Technical High School graduation ceremony on May 19, 2017.

At the end of May high schools in the area celebrated their graduates. A few of these high school graduates finished high school with a two year college degree, by taking advantage of the dual enrollment program with PHSC or St. Petersburg College. The graduates are heading to college, starting businesses, and starting careers. There are some graduates that are entering the armed forces.

Many are leaving our community and some will return as doctors, lawyers, businessmen and veterans.

Here are two notable graduates.

Hernando's 3rd grade scores rise again


BROOKSVILLE – On May 19, the Florida Department of Education released the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores for third grade. Hernando County Schools’ results reveal significant improvement in increasing the number of students deemed proficient and lowering the number of students with learning gaps.

• The number of students who earned a level 3 and above rose from 58% in 2016 to 61% in 2017 and exceeds the state average of 58% by 3 percentage points.

“It’s not a Job; it’s a Ministry”

Blessing of the Hands- from left to right: Rachel Provau RN,CNO; Raleifoot Chisholn RN, MBA; Daphne Moise, MD; Sabrina Pistole, RN; Chaplain Jeannie Caamano

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated annually nationwide the first week of May to honor the services that the nursing profession makes to the community.

According to Rachel Provau, Chief Nursing Officer at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, there are a number of ways in which Bayfront t Health Systems takes part in this celebration at both their local branches.

“At the beginning of the week the staff votes on ‘Best of…’ for all nursing categories. On Friday we have a little party in the cafeteria and hand out gift cards to the winners. We also hand out nursing awards.”

"Broadway" comes to Brooksville Chocachatti Elementary students give stellar performance of Peter Pan, Junior

Peter Pan played by Isabella Diaz defeats Captain Hook played by Andrew Clarkson.  Lost boys, pirates and Wendy look on.  From left to right:  Payton Griffith, Ellas Neesham, Alexandria Lagness, Brendan Shannon, Chesney Alvardo

I’ve never been to a Broadway show or even an off-Broadway show, but the rendition of classic Peter Pan given by students at Chocachatti Elementary School on Monday, May 8 could give any of these venues a run for their money.

Under the direction of teachers Rhonda Bowers, Irmarie Kraft and Nancy Kraus, the cast of “dozens,” made up of third through fifth graders performed on a professional level – proof that seven months of three-times-a-week rehearsals paid off.