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

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

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

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

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


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

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.

Contract for Nutrition and Diatetics Training Approved by School Board

At the June 7, 2016 regular School Board meeting, Item #1776, an agreement between Hernando County Schools and Samford University, was pulled from the consent agenda for discussion. In November 2015, Samford University’s College of Health and Sciences approached Hernando County Schools with a request to work toward training students to be certified in Nutrition and Dietetics. The initial year’s program was to begin on 01/4/16, and could be renewed for two more years without another contract. The contract was not signed by the college until 04/21/16.

Student portfolio could be an option for good cause promotion

School Board member Beth Narverud addressed concerns that are voiced by parents at nearly every Board meeting about the State-mandated testing at last week's regular school board meeting. While the district has reduced some of the testing requirements, Narverud stated that the district does not have the authority to refuse to comply with the State testing requirements.

Weeki Wachee High grad, now Florida Poly student to serve as student ambassador

LAKELAND, Fla- Ethan Puerto, Weeki Wachee High graduate, currently attends Florida Polytechnic University. He was among 20 outstanding Florida Polytechnic students selected to serve as a Presidential Ambassador for the 2016-17 academic school year. Presidential Ambassadors serve as formal hosts at official events, champion the institution’s values and are official representatives of the University and President Dr. Randy K. Avent. The program launched at Florida Poly in 2015 and is entering its second year with eight returning Ambassadors and 12 new participants.