Education

School Board Considers $300K to get Half Cent Sales Tax on the Ballot- Again

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by Hernando Sun Staff

Hernando County School Board will be moving forward in their efforts to put a half cent sales tax on the ballot either jointly with another referendum or through a special election. Back in November 2014 the School Board joined with the Board of County Commissioners in the Penny for Projects Sales Tax Referendum which voters rejected.

State of Florida Does Not Mandate Tablets in Schools

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by Hernando Sun Staff

In recent months we have heard a lot about a 2015 state technology mandate of tablets for each student. There is no such mandate from the state. This is a big deal, because the tablet for each student was budgeted to cost $62,395,000 over the next ten years.

One to One Initiative v. Hernando's Digital Classroom Plan

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by Hernando Sun Staff

During the October 16, 2014 Town Hall School Board meeting, Walter Paschke, network coordinator for the Technology Information Services department described the technology needs for Hernando County’s schools. They are using aging laptops which are starting to cost as much to maintain as to replace. Their machines are currently 6-7 years old running Windows XP which is no longer supported. The minimum requirements for testing do not support Windows XP.

School Impact Fees Still Suspended

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Julie Maglio

In addition to road impact fees, the Board of County Commissioners are considering the reinstatement of school impact fees. They did not pass a motion to reinstate them at their January 13 meeting but scheduled a meeting in March to look at re-instituting both road and school impact fees with two workshops to be held before hand. Commissioner Dukes is working with staff to create a loan option for both road and school impact fees for new home buyers so that the cost of impact fees do not affect appraisals.

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