Education

Remembering Hernando County Educator Cynthia Moore

On January 7, 2017 Hernando County lost an educator who devoted her life to the students she served. Over Cynthia Moore’s 40 years of service to Hernando County Schools, she taught 5th grade, was the President of the Hernando County Teacher’s Association (HCTA) for two terms, and was a member of FEA-Retired. She served one term as an elected official on the Hernando School Board. Cynthia volunteered at Brooksville Elementary School and often gave to families in need. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 42 years.

SENATE LOOKS TO REDUCE SCHOOL TESTING

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 11, 2017.......... The chairman of the Senate's education budget-writing panel said Wednesday that the Senate will likely consider legislation this year that would roll back standardized testing in public schools.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, told reporters after a hearing on state tests that "you can reasonably expect" a bill dealing with assessments to be heard by the Senate.

Notes from the Informal School Board Meeting Dec.13, 2016

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The informal school board meeting on 12/13/16 discussion ranged from the outcome of the recent Small District Consortium, Collier County School District’s use of social media and general ways of getting parents involved in their child’s education.

School Board Chair Beth Naverud began the discussion with stating, “We’ve talked about a lot of things but we’ve never moved them forward. I’m hoping that we can use these meetings to talk them through and hopefully get things going.”

School bus GPS reinstalled without Board approval

The Hernando County School Board has a contract for GPS monitoring of the buses with a company called Synovia Solutions GPS. In the summer, the School board voted to remove all the GPS equipment from the buses and return it to Synovia.

Synovia is claiming that the issues with the software was caused by the School District’s implementation of the software. The fault of each party would have to be hashed out in the litigation if it came to that.

Book It! Free pizza for reading

Hernando Sun Staff

In 1984, the son of Steven Reinemund (the president of Pizza Hut) was having trouble reading. Steve wanted to encourage his son to read, so he made a deal with his son. If his son read enough books, he would take him to Pizza Hut, just the two of them. Steve was a busy man, so this was a very strong incentive. This inspired his son to read and the father thought that this could help other students, so he set up the Book It! National Reading Incentive Program.

STATE LEADERS LOOK TO INCREASE GRADUATE DEGREES

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, December 12, 2016.......... Although Florida's production of graduate degrees has stalled in the past few years, Senate President Joe Negron said Monday he wants to enhance the state's graduate and professional schools as part of a plan to improve the quality of the state's higher-education system.

Negron, R-Stuart, who wants to boost university system funding by $1 billion over the next two years, said one of the quickest ways to elevate the system is to enhance "our graduate programs, particularly law, business and medicine."

THRASHER TAKES AIM AT GUNS ON CAMPUS

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, December 7, 2016.......... In his annual "state of the university" address on Wednesday, Florida State University President John Thrasher reiterated his strong opposition to allowing guns on university and college campuses.

As a member of the Florida Senate, Thrasher helped kill a bill in 2011 that would have allowed gun owners with concealed-weapons licenses to bring their firearms to Florida's university and state-college campuses.

School District Updates

Allison Selg, Nature Coast Technical High School Senior, is the School Board Student Representative. Photo by Karsen Nielsen

Update from Allison Selg, School Board Student Representative

Student Representative Allison Selg highlighted events and happenings from elementary to high schools at the 11/22 school board meeting. In keeping with November’s Anti-Bullying theme, Brooksville Elementary School has instituted a buddy system. According to Selg, the buddy system pairs students with disabilities with other students. It gives them an opportunity to socialize by having breakfast with a friend and cuts down on incidents of bullying.

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