Education

PACE Center: Topic at School Board Workshop Plans underway for location at JD Floyd

January 05, 2018 - 09:54

At a School Board Workshop on Dec. 12, 2017, PACE Executive Director Gail Armstrong and Assistant Director Chris Lemon, along with four students from PACE spoke to the Hernando County School Board to discuss the program that will be coming to Hernando County in 2018.

Dr. Lori Romano recognized Senator Wilton Simpson as an advocate for increased mental health services for at-risk youth.

Spherion Staffing lands temporary staffing agreement with school district

January 03, 2018 - 11:24

Susan Duval pulled an item from the consent agenda for discussion relating to a temporary staffing agreement between Spherion Staffing LLC and the Hernando County School Board.

The temporary staffing agreement would create opportunities for students to work part time for local businesses who are clients of Spherion Staffing. The temporary staffing agreement specifies Barette Outdoor Living as the client. Dr. Austin, Supervisor over secondary programs stated that they will be trying to recruit local businesses to participate in the program.

School board hopes company will help improve leadership development

January 02, 2018 - 11:27
Quint Studer, Founder and CEO of the Studer Group

The School Board has approved the purchase of a three year partnership agreement with the Studer Group for $98,784 per year for three years. The Studer Group, founded in 1999 by Quint Studer, works with healthcare as well as educational organizations. According to the District, The Studer Group will “provide ongoing high quality leadership development through the implementation of a continuous improvement approach and an evidence-based leadership framework.

Half Cent Sales Tax revenues make big gains in 2017

January 02, 2018 - 11:18

Gregg Laskoski and Lori Sowers, CPA gave an update on the Half Cent Sales Tax Accountability Committee to the school board on Dec. 12, 2017.

Laskoski reminded the public that the half cent sales tax was approved by the voters in 2015, in association with an accountability committee whose purpose is to “ensure that every dime devoted exclusively to school infrastructure and repairs was going exactly where we expect.”

New learning tool for visually impaired

December 29, 2017 - 00:35

Photos submitted by Maggie LeDoux

Eastside Elementary's 3D printer, newly acquired as part of their makerspace lab, was used to create the tactile cards.

When Moton Elementary School Speech Language Pathologist Maggie LeDoux first met one of her kindergarten students last year, she knew she would have her work cut out for her. The student has cerebral palsy, was on the Autism Spectrum and was born blind. Because of his multiple disabilities, resources that will help him learn are tough to find. “People don’t realize that there is a limited access to materials for multiple disability kids,” said LeDoux.

Differences between private, public, charter and magnet schools

December 06, 2017 - 10:14

Private schools are independent of the public school system. They often belong to accrediting organizations that require them to meet certain requirements and standards. Organizational structures vary from individually owned to board of directors controlled. Private schools do not have to adhere to state testing requirements and state teaching standards, but often put in place testing requirements and teaching standards specifically designed for their student body or educational philosophy.

Charter school organizers withdraw charter application, vow to return with another by February

December 04, 2017 - 08:11

After three hours of somewhat contentious discussion between the Hernando County School Board and Michael Maynard, an applicant for a charter school, the gifted, high-impact but controversial educator withdrew the application, claiming he (Maynard) and his "excellent" staff were " blindsided" by the school board's tough grilling in the nonvote workshop.

Three principals share details on improving school grades

November 24, 2017 - 11:26

Principals from three schools in the Hernando County School District shared unique, wide-ranging, and multiple initiatives utilized in their respective schools to improve school grades at a Hernando School Board workshop last week.

The "secrets to success" implemented over the last few years were not held back in detailed presentations compiled by the three principals which ranged from relationships to data crunching to attitudes.

The first presentation featured Spring Hill Elementary, currently an "A" rated school of excellence with Michael Maine as principal.

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