Tentative approval for citizens input at end of school board meeting

Hernando Sun Staff

At the School Board Workshop on September 13th, school board members again broached the subject of citizens input during regular school board meetings. Karen Jordan, Public Information Officer for the school district came to the workshop with changes to the citizen input form that had been discussed previously. The school board members hashed out some additional changes and clarified their positions on the issue.

Foundation gives $25K to school based dental sealant program

Hernando Sun Staff

The Renaissance Family Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Renaissance Dental Insurance company recently donated $25,000 to Hernando County's Florida Department of Health school based dental sealant program.

Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Once applied, they can dramatically reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Nature Coast Technical High School Senior Elected Student Representative of the Hernando County School Board

Photography by Karsen Nielsen

Allison Selg, Nature Coast Technical High School Senior, is the new School Board Student Representative

Friday, September 23, 2016 - SPRING HILL– Nature Coast Technical High School Senior Allison Selg was elected to serve as the student representative on the Hernando County School Board for the 2016-17 school year. Selg will be a resource to board members voicing student concerns and perspectives.

Plan would extend Bright Futures into Summer


THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 20, 2016.......... The state university system's Board of Governors this week will debate expanding the Bright Futures scholarship program to cover summer classes.

The proposal, which could cost up to $46.7 million, is a top priority for Gov. Rick Scott, who sees broader use of the merit scholarship program as a way to help students graduate in four years from state universities.

West Hernando Middle School Grounds and Waterfall Renovated

Volunteers recently completed the renovation of West Hernando Middle School fountain

The act of giving without the expectation of something in return is the true definition of kindness,” quoted West Hernando Middle School Principal Lori Lessley. During a recent visit to the school, Board Member Mark Johnson and Lessley discussed the student-built fountain which has not been running for years. The school has not had funds to repair the fountain.

Superintendent's Update 9.9.16

Public Information Officer Karen Jordan shared these recent accomplishments at the 09.06.16 School Board meeting:
• The Hernando County School District Finance Department was awarded the highest honor in governmental accounting, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR).

• JoAnn Forcino, who has 32 years of experience as an educator at various levels, has been named Supervisor of Student Services.
• Hurricane Hermine

Updating Citizen Comment Time

Citizens’ comments are welcomed during HCSB meetings. While board members agree that the public has the right to air grievances, they feel recent negative comments have detracted from the recognition of outstanding teachers and students.

During the HCSB workshop on 09/06/16, Public Information Officer Karen Jordan presented challenges of the current process: misinformation being presented, assumptions of why the Board does not respond directly, and issues the Board cannot resolve.

2016 School policy changes include updates on bullying

Deputy Superintendent Gina Mikalicka and Cathy Dofka, Director of Exceptional Student Support Services, and JoAnn Forcino, Supervisor of Student Services, presented the district’s Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy, and the Special Policies and Procedures which addresses the needs of exceptional students. Dofka explained some of the changes were a result of direction from the State’s Department of Education, along with input from the district’s cabinet-level directors.


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