News Briefs

School Board Discusses Lobbying Agenda for Next Session

Chris Dorworth (Ballard & Partners), lobbyist for the Hernando County School District gave the School Board a brief update on the last legislative session. He reported that two things of distinction occurred. First, the district received just under $2.3 million in sparsity funding and were only aiming for $2 million. The law was amended to include districts with a maximum of 4 high schools, which qualifies the district on a more permanent basis.

City of Brooksville PRM Insurance Rates Increase Less than Expected

City of Brooksville is insured through PRM for property, liability, workers comp and package policies. The City was expecting a 10% increase in cost for FY2016. The incease in cost will only be 3.5% over FY2015. Necessary changes will be made in budget documents to reflect the smaller increase. Overall the rate is 8.8% below what the premium rate was in 2008.

School Board Examines Redistricting Options

After redistricting options were developed and public input was considered, the School Board is moving in the direction of Option A for High Schools and Option B for K8’s and Elementary schools, both of which will go through some additional “tweaking.” High School option A generates the following capacities: Central 89%, Hernando 74%, Nature Coast Technical 89%, Springstead High School 91%, Weeki Wachee 83%. Option A keeps Springstead’s IB program at Springstead.

Oak Hill Hospital Celebrates North Tower Expansion

The Hospital in investing $13.7 million for a third floor addition to their North Tower which will be devoted to maternity services. The final beam was raised on August 20th. The new maternity unit will provide approximately 22,000 sq. ft. of patient care area with a total of 18 suites. This includes 6 Labor and Delivery suites, 10 Post-Partum Recovery suites, 2 Ante-Partum Labor suites, a 12-positon holding nursery for babies who need special monitoring or continuous observation, and a cesarean surgical suite.

SR 50 Update

In March, David Vogel Sr. Project Engineer stated that the project was 72% complete. On August 10th, he stated that the project is 84% complete and has been hampered by weather.
They are now putting down the top layer of asphalt on US 19 and will be moving west to east. They are still anticipating completion in the Fall of this year, possible early October, depending on weather.