Plans to "Reinstate" Third Furlough Day

May 07, 2016 - 14:17

Hernando Sun Staff

At the school board workshop on April 19th, board members and Heather Martin, Executive Director of Business Services discussed solutions for eliminating or "reinstating" the third furlough day for all staff. This discussion led to a dilemma on what to do with excess funds intended to be used for reinstating the furlough day.

Library Time Limited by Lack of Media Specialist

May 07, 2016 - 12:40

The public school system within Hernando County has been struggling with funding despite the implementation of a half cent sales tax this year. Karen Jordan, Public Information Officer with the school district explains, "essentially, the state has reduced funding, other funding sources have not rebounded from the recession and enrollment has not increased significantly across the district."

Ann Scott, wife of Governor Rick Scott, reads to students at West Side Elementary School

April 19, 2016 - 20:09
Mrs. Scott Reads to Kindergarten Class at West Side Elementary

Mrs. Ann Scott the wife of Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Westside Elementary on the morning of April 13th to read stories to the young students. Mrs. Crisci and Ms. Tilton's kindergarten class anxiously awaited Florida's first lady, while she read "Gaston" and "How Full Is Your Bucket?" to Mrs. Addie's second grade class nearby.

Local 16 year old Accepted to Hofstra

March 20, 2016 - 21:13

Hernando Sun Staff

Taylor Blacklidge, accepted to Hofstra

Taylor Blacklidge, a Wider Horizons School student, has received early admission to Hofstra University Pre Med program in Hempstead, New York. Taylor has been a student at WHS since she was three years old, now at 16 she is headed off to college.

Hofstra University Pre Med program has awarded Taylor early admissions and a scholarship of $23,000 per year. For the four years she will be there, this will equal $92,000.

Nature Coast Students win scholarship at automotive technology competition

February 29, 2016 - 15:40
L to R: Braedon Santella, Devan Morgan, their instructor Kevin Moglia, Wayne Lehnert, UTI – Orlando, Director of Operations/Education and Steve McElfresh (far right), UTI – Orlando, campus president.

ORLANDO – A two man team from Nature Coast Technical High School, Braedon Santella and Devan Morgan recently placed 10th at the 2016 Top Tech Challenge hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Orlando. Twenty teams from 11 high schools around the state entered the competition, which tested prowess in automotive technology. For their 10th place finish, Santella and Morgan each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando.

School District grade is in, but what does it mean?

February 25, 2016 - 20:11

Hernando Sun Staff

School district grades were received in February 2016 for the 2014-2015 school year. The grades usually come out during the summer, but changes in the grading system prolonged the scoring process. This year, Hernando County received a score of 411 which translates to a B. The mean score was 406, with St. Johns County scoring the highest at 528 and Jefferson County scoring the lowest at 227.

School Board Plans to offer substantial raise to try to retain Superintendent

January 13, 2016 - 19:53

The January 12th School Board workshop regarding contract negotiations were not as productive as desired by the board due to not receiving a response from Dr. Romano about a potential offer. The District's Attorney Dennis Alfonso stated that the original purpose of the meeting would have been to give him direction on a contract to draft if decisions had been made on terms.

Student Rep Clay Everett Gives Monthly Update to School Board; 12/8/15

December 18, 2015 - 20:03

Hernando Sun Staff

Clay Everett is Hernando High School Senior and Student Representative

The student body had a quarterly delegate meeting on December 8th, where delegates from each school come together and discuss issues at the schools. Ms. Drenth, Director of Food Services spoke to them on the topic of school lunches. "We the delegates informed Ms. Drenth on some of the complaints students have with the lunches," stated Mr. Everett. She assured the students that she would "help fix all the fixable issues." Ms. Drenth educated the students on the federal mandates she must follow with the lunches.