Education

PHSC student invited to NASA on scholarship

Desirae Binney, PHSC student

PHSC student Desirae Binney, 19, recently received a scholarship to participate in a five-week online course offered by the NCAS (NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars) and was invited to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral. During the online course, Binney planned a robotic rover mission to Mars, learning more about NASA during the process.

“I’m very excited about this amazing opportunity,” said Binney

SMALLEST STATE UNIVERSITY PITCHES BIG PLANS FOR GROWTH

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

On campus at New College of Florida

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 28, 2016.......... New College of Florida is advancing a far-reaching plan to increase its student body by 41 percent and move into the upper ranks of liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The smallest of Florida's 12 universities, the Sarasota-based New College would increase its enrollment from 850 students this fall to 1,200 by the fall of 2022. The plan would require hiring 40 new faculty members, 61 staff members and spending $45 million on construction, including a new multi-use student center.

Letter to the Editor in Regards to Moton Elementary

Sir,

I just finished reading your story "Teachers at Moton express concern" and truly find the comments made by both Gus Guadagnino and Lori Romano to be incredulous.

For the Superintendent to say she had felt blindsided about the truth is perplexing. Dr. Romano started many of the issues at Moton by denying requests from 2 former Principals asking for additional resources. One Principal, Mark Griffith, was removed in March 2016 as part of an investigation that surely appears to have been a witch hunt.

School board student rep update: October 4, 2016

Superintendent Lori Romano introduced Allison Selg, a senior at Nature Coast Technical High School. Following campaigning and speeches given by student delegates, Selg was elected by her peers to be the Student Representative to the School Board. Selg was presented with her name plate to be placed at her spot on the dais.

Romano stated she has enjoyed getting to know Selg. “She has great aspirations and lots of different things that she wants to do to support having the student voice really be represented throughout the district, to try to help move the district forward.”

More HCSD employees eligible for overtime with Florida Labor Standards Act changes

Hernando Sun Staff

Lisa Becker, Director of Human Resources for the school district explained that the Fair Labor Standards Act was created by the Department of Labor in order to determine what classes of employees could be exempt from overtime.

The exemption for overtime is referred to as a white collar exemption and applies to salaried positions that make a certain amount of money and perform executive, administrative, or professional duties.

The current test requires that an employee make a minimum of $455 per week to be exempt from overtime payment.

School district aims to add VPK to legislative platform

“Our VPK programs are the key to our future success of our kids,” said school board member Susan Duval during the 10/04/16 informal meeting of the school board. She is interested in seeing a comparison among children who have attended VPK and those who have not, including those who were on a waiting list but were not able to attend VPK.

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