Education

Brain building lab unveiled

Photography by SARAH NACHIN

Eastside Elementary School (EES) unveiled its new MakerSpace Laboratory to a group of students, parents, faculty, school board members and interested citizens on Wednesday, October 25. Assistant Principal Mike Lastra introduced twenty-two student leaders (STEAM Team Ambassadors) who range in age from seven to eleven. The term STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics from the areas that this program encompasses. These Ambassadors are not necessarily the students with the highest grades.

Hernando County School Board Regular Meeting Minutes Excerpts

compiled by JULIE B. MAGLIO
julie@hernandosun.com

The following minutes excerpts were approved at the Oct. 17, 2017 Regular School Board Meeting

Personnel Recommendations

1. Agenda Item (ID # 2640) Approval of Personnel Recommendations

All Other Purchase Order/Bid Agenda Items

2. Item 2 was moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION

3. Agenda Item (ID # 2624) Board Approval of Change Order # 001 with Rex Farlow Construction in the Amount of $12,540.00 and Issue a Purchase Order in that Amount

Hernando Schools grapple with speech therapist & media specialist jobs

Students read in the Spring Hill Elementary media center during literacy week 2017, photo by Sarah Nachin

OCT. 27, 2017- Hiring additional speech therapists and eliminating librarians (or media specialists) continue to be challenges for the Hernando County School District.

The public schools continue to look for speech therapists for students with communication problems. At the start of this school year, the District had five open positions for SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists). The district has contracted with outside agencies to fill those needs.

Hernando County School District LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM & PRIORITIES 2017-2018 Session (2nd Draft)

The Hernando County School Board hereby requests increased state funding in the following areas:

Priority Needs

1. Transportation:

• (2018) Support efforts to increase student safety and transportation funding by basing funding formulas on two students per seat instead of three students per seat.
• (2018) Provide additional FTE (full time equivalent) funding that would allow students, living within the 2 miles radius of
the school, to be transported by school bus.

2. Teacher Recruitment:

Excerpts of Minutes from the Sept. 19, 2017 Regular School Board Meeting

The Regular Meeting of the School Board was called to order on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:09 P.M., in the School Board Room, 919 N. Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601, with Mrs. Beth Narverud, Chairperson, presiding, Mr. Mark Johnson, Vice Chairperson, and members, Ms. Susan Duval, Mr. Gus Guadagnino and Mrs. Linda Prescott, present. Also present were, Dr. Lori Romano, Superintendent; Mrs. Heather Martin, Deputy Superintendent; Mrs. Nancy Alfonso, Board Attorney.

PRESENTATIONS

Early Head Start program holds ribbon cutting in Brooksville, Spring Hill locations planned

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Mid Florida Community Services (MFCS) held a ribbon-cutting for the opening of three Early Head Start classrooms at the Brooksville facility. Pat Crowley, President/CEO of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, along with chamber members, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia, MFCS staff and executives, and the public attended the event.

Art Club students to create mural depicting women's club history

Every week approximately 15 students make the trek uphill from Hernando High School through downtown Brooksville to the historic wood framed building which is home to the Historic Brooksville Women’s Club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

They file in quietly, but with much anticipation for the work to come. Laying down their backpacks, they partake of home baked cookies, made by club member Tina Dolan along with lemonade.

Clean-up for schools used as shelters during Irma

After six of the district schools functioned as shelters during Hurricane Irma, there was a considerable amount of cleanup and sanitation needed before students returned. The school district used EE & G Environmental Services, Simpson Environmental Services and Pure Air Controls, Inc to perform the needed services.

Dr. Romano, Superintendent of Schools, followed Emergency Procurement Procedures in hiring the companies, enabling her to suspend the competitive bid process.

HERNANDO COUNTY SCHOOLS - HURRICANE IRMA MAKE UP DAYS

Brooksville - In order to determine whether schools in Hernando County will need to makeup the days missed due to Hurricane Irma, district leaders have reviewed each school's master calendar ensuring that there are sufficient instructional minutes remaining in the school year to meet state requirements.

With the exception of one school, all others have sufficient time built-in to their schedules to offset the lost days. District leaders are working closely with that school administration to make necessary adjustments to their schedule.

Saint Leo Earns Best Regional University, Best Value honors

By HERNANDO SUN STAFF

The campus of St.Leo University.

ST. LEO, FL — Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released last week.

Saint Leo ranked 61st among regional universities in the South, which marks an uptick from its previous ranking of 62nd. In addition, the university was named as one of the Best Value Regional Universities–South.

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