School District Opens Academy for Off-Track Middle Schoolers

September 08, 2015 - 10:55

Hernando Sun Staff

Around 50 Hernando County students quietly listened to 18 year old Sam Vrinios, a track state champ and teen entrepreneur speak about his successes in life and how he got there. His mother followed, Jamie Cruz Vrinios in which she boldly described the harsh treatment from her family due to her teen pregnancies. She found herself in poverty as a result, but was able to navigate beyond this and become a highly successful entrepreneur in her own right, author and inspirational speaker. She encouraged the students to “Play to win. Don’t play not to lose.”

Half Cent Sales Tax Special Election Approaching and Millage Rate Increase

August 15, 2015 - 20:18

Hernando Sun Staff

In 2014, the school board partnered with the county under the Penny for Projects sales surtax referendum, in order to establish a one cent sales surtax, 50% of which would have gone to the school district. The plan was to use a large part of the school district’s proceeds for tablets and technology: $62,395,000 out of roughly $87 million collected over the ten year time period. The school board had considered this to be an extension of the previous half cent sales surtax which was in place for ten years and expired on December 31, 2014.

School Board Will Receive Funding from County for Security

June 26, 2015 - 10:37

Hernando Sun Staff

The Hernando County School District has requested $250,000 in funding to keep (14) school resource officers (SROs) and (44) crossing guards through the HC Sheriff’s Office. The School District’s Safe Schools allocation is $478,068. The cost of SROs through the contract with the Sheriff’s Office is $638,731, while the cost of crossing guards is an additional $145,337. HCSO has stated that they cannot reduce these costs further. Dr.

Improved Pass Rates for State Science, History and Civics Assessments

June 16, 2015 - 13:36

Hernando County School Board

Hernando County students earned recognition from Commissioner Pam Stewart for their improved performance on state science, U.S. History and civics assessments in 2015. Total fifth graders who passed science assessments increased 4 percentage points, and total eighth graders who passed science assessments increased 3 percentage points. Total high school students who passed the U.S. History end-of-course exam increased 3 percentage points. Proficiency rates on these three assessments exceeded state averages.

Time Crunch for the Half Cent Sales Tax Special Election

May 11, 2015 - 15:35


At the May 5th School Board Workshop, school board members debated what type of election to run for the half cent sales tax referendum. Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson stated that she could do a special election in early September 2015 but it is not feasible for her to do a special election any later since she has to prepare new voting machines for the 2016 primary elections and it takes at least 6 months to train poll workers after they acquire the machines.

41st Annual Student Recognition Banquet

April 24, 2015 - 20:23

Brilliance lives among us! The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce honored 49 graduating students at their 41st Student Recognition Banquet on Thursday evening, April 23rd. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Clubs and through the support of our great community the event brought much honor to very deserving students. This year 18 scholarships totaling $11,000 were presented during the banquet that was held at Spring Hill’s Palace Grand.

Redistricting Postponed

April 24, 2015 - 19:56

Hernando Sun Staff

Overcrowding is currently being felt by several schools in the Hernando County School District. In the recent past, several new schools were built which had to be filled with students. When they first opened the schools, the district boundaries covered a large area. Now, some of these new schools are feeling the effects of a large district boundary. Shrinking these boundaries to a reasonable size will ease overcrowding.

School Board to Pursue Half Cent Sales Tax

April 24, 2015 - 19:39

Hernando Sun Staff

The Hernando County School Board will be going forward in their attempt to acquire half cent sales surtax revenue through special election. Dr. Lori Romano, School Superintendent cited several reasons why it is necessary to spend approximately $250,000 on a special election to gain these funds. These include: