Education

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

Landis Hall, FSU User:Chargarther

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.

Challenger K-8 Honors Veterans

photo by Michelle Salazar

On Thursday, November 10th Challenger K8 School of Math and Science held their annual Veterans Day Concert. The performance was a joint venture between the middle school band and the chorus, which is comprised of 4th-8th grade students. Music teacher Richard Gomez and band director Michelle McCarthy did a great job of putting this show together. Gomez himself is a Veteran of the Navy and enthusiastic about getting children to have good role models. He explains “Athletes are entertainers, but Veterans are heroes.”

PHSC exhibit highlights the art aspect of architecture

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Matthew Kurtz beside his piece on display at STEMworks.

When the word, “art,” is mentioned, many people may automatically think of painting, music, drawing, and so on. But, architecture can also be seen as a form of art. Not only does it takes imagination to create new and innovative designs and artistic talent to bring those ideas to life, but it can also be used to express or capture feelings.

STATE COLLEGES LOOK FOR FUNDING BOOST

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 16, 2016.......... Florida state colleges are looking for additional money in the next state budget, with college presidents saying the funding would help more students graduate on time and would improve counseling services at the 28 schools.

The request, which was presented Wednesday to the state Board of Education in Orlando, includes $40 million in performance-based funding and $60 million that would be distributed through a funding formula for the colleges.

Central ROTC Students recognized for helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine

photography submitted

Central's ROTC was commended at the 11/1/16 Board Meeting for helping in the cleanup efforts in Hernando Beach

At the 11/01/16 School Board meeting, Central High School Principal Kelly Slusser spoke warmly about the 69 ROTC students who helped residents of Hernando Beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine with “Operation Gut and Dump.” Slusser stated some of the work over the three-day project involved “ripping out drywall, tile floors, and carpeting.”

Sales tax accountability committee discusses funding issues

Hernando Sun Staff

The sales tax accountability committee meeting was held on October 27th. They reviewed the fund balance and expenditures and discussed funding issues.

The total amount of sales tax received through September was $5,633,924.08. There was over $1.8 million in purchase orders issued and the total purchase orders paid was $922,096.05. The fund balance is $4,711,828.03.

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