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Addressing methamphetamine usage in Hernando County

HCSO PHOTO- Sheriff's Deputy holds drugs seized from a chop shop and meth house raided in September 2016.

It’s no secret- Hernando County has a huge Meth problem. It’s been growing rapidly and giving the county a bad reputation. A quick scan of local news headlines shows how prevalent this problem is. In December, a meth lab was found inside a local retirement community and a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of Bayfront Hospital was seen smoking meth in her hospital bed- while on oxygen. In January, a father and daughter team in Brooksville were arrested for meth-related crimes and the county had more than 10 separate arrests made for possession of methamphetamine.

District rolls out large scale tech upgrade

by HCSD

BROOKSVILLE – Starting February 3rd, and continuing throughout the month of February, Hernando County Schools will be delivering new HP ProBook laptops to every teacher in the district and will also be upgrading student computer lab stations in most schools. This ambitious upgrade will bring much needed computer hardware to schools using funds from the Digital Classroom Plan as well as monies from district capital funds.

School Board goes with teacher supported "Calendar B"

(STAFF)

At the School Board meeting on January 24th, the School Board approved calendar B for the 2017-2018 school year. Calendar option B received overwhelming support from instructional staff and took 49% of the vote on a survey administered to instructional, non-instructional and administrative staff. Teachers were in favor of a Monday start date as opposed to the Thursday start date of calendar options A and C.

Principal Frana paints rosy picture of Moton Elementary

Robert Stein, Special to Hernando Sun

After months of finger pointing and name calling adults concerned about the future of Moton elementary school may have reason to believe that at least the shoving of people under the bus maybe at an end. Bus drivers should be very relieved. The school year got off to a very rocky start with the resignation of the newly hired principal 3 weeks into the start of the school year.

COURT QUESTIONS STUDENT 'OPT OUT' ARGUMENTS

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 7, 2017......... An appeals court sounded skeptical Tuesday of a Leon County judge's ruling that the state and the Hernando County School Board erred in their approach to students who "opted out" of a state standardized test.

During arguments, at least two members of a three judge-panel at the 1st District Court of Appeal seemed to disagree, at times sharply, with Circuit Judge Karen Gievers' decision to order Hernando County to offer an alternative route for students to qualify for the fourth grade.

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