School Board reinstates BBC's Othello for classroom use

July 20, 2016 - 00:54

At the request of Board Member Beth Naverud, the School Board revisited the objection to the BCC/Time Life version of Othello at the 06/28/16 meeting. Naverud requested to rescind her vote from 05/17/16, stating her reaction at the time was an emotional one, and she did not want to start down the path to censorship. “When we stop being able to talk about our history, we risk repeating it,” Naverud said.

Citizen Comments from minutes of June 14, 2016 school board special meeting

July 20, 2016 - 00:50

1. Michael Angelo Gordon came forward to speak about bullying, common core, ESE students, teacher and Superintendent raises, incident at Springstead High School, opting out and an incident at Moton Elementary School (MES).

2. Vanessa Mauk-Doane came forward to speak about her daughter and the incident that took place at MES. She thanked the witnesses that reported the physical abuse against her daughter. Ms. Mauk-Doane wants the teacher immediately terminated or removed from the supervision of children within the ESE program.

School District Budget Planning

July 07, 2016 - 16:31

The 2015-2016 budget report provided better figures than expected, explained Heather Martin, Executive Director of Business Services, as some items that were budgeted for were not needed. Martin explained one area which provided some relief to the budget was gas prices, which were lower than the previous school year. An annual transfer to the general fund budget of up to $5.3 million also helped, bringing an ending balance that is 2.21% more than the amount budgeted.

Retired Army Colonel, Former West Point Faculty Member Named as Saint Leo’s Director of Veteran Student Services

June 27, 2016 - 21:40

SAINT LEO, FL – Retired U.S. Army Colonel Pamela Martis has been named the director of Veteran Student Services for Saint Leo University, effective June 20, 2016.

Martis brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to the university, along with a desire to serve fellow veterans and their families.

Evaluations of Hernando County School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano

June 27, 2016 - 12:45

The board members completed evaluation forms to “grade” Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano’s performance over the past year and each was given the opportunity to meet privately with Dr. Romano before the public board meeting. The highest rating in each of the nine categories is “outstanding” performance, for which Romano could receive three points. A rating of “proficient” awards two points, and “needs improvement” earns one point.

High school senior clearance nets 229 new voter registrations

June 19, 2016 - 12:58

Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Anderson, is pleased to announce 229 new voter registrations from the five area high schools.

Senior clearance is an annual event where graduating seniors go through numerous check out stations, including a voter registration booth. Voters can pre-register at age 16 but are ineligible to vote until their 18th birthday.

Hernando County Education Foundation Receives AT&T Grant

June 19, 2016 - 12:51

Students at Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, once that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

To provide a critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is once again partnering with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in school districts across Florida.

Congratulations, Hernando County Graduates

June 15, 2016 - 15:16


There are a five public high schools and four private high schools that recently had graduations in the county. This is the start of something bigger for these students. Many are going on to college, some are going to start their own businesses and at least one plans to become a priest.

Central High School's Valedictorian Rishabh Patel is attending the University of Florida and Salutatorian James Tracy intends to take a year off before entering the seminary.

Brooke Fasano, to represent Springstead at Congress of Future Medical Leaders

June 15, 2016 - 14:46

SPRINGHILL- Brooke Fasano is a 10th grade student at Springstead High School. She has been nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Springstead High School at The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA taking place June 25-27.