School Board Plans to offer substantial raise to try to retain Superintendent

January 13, 2016 - 19:53

The January 12th School Board workshop regarding contract negotiations were not as productive as desired by the board due to not receiving a response from Dr. Romano about a potential offer. The District's Attorney Dennis Alfonso stated that the original purpose of the meeting would have been to give him direction on a contract to draft if decisions had been made on terms.

Student Rep Clay Everett Gives Monthly Update to School Board; 12/8/15

December 18, 2015 - 20:03

Hernando Sun Staff

Clay Everett is Hernando High School Senior and Student Representative

The student body had a quarterly delegate meeting on December 8th, where delegates from each school come together and discuss issues at the schools. Ms. Drenth, Director of Food Services spoke to them on the topic of school lunches. "We the delegates informed Ms. Drenth on some of the complaints students have with the lunches," stated Mr. Everett. She assured the students that she would "help fix all the fixable issues." Ms. Drenth educated the students on the federal mandates she must follow with the lunches.

Progress on 360 Evaluation for Superintendent?

December 14, 2015 - 16:32

Hernando Sun Staff

The school board is still in negotiations on the Superintendent's contract. They have also been working since June on developing a survey in order to evaluate the superintendent. It was decided by the board not to tie the survey to the Superintendent's contract.

The previous survey was flawed according to school board members, as well as Dr. Romano. Additionally, all agree that the survey referred to as a "360" evaluation could be a powerful and helpful tool.

Early Schools of Hernando County: Brooksville, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Istachatta and Bayport

December 04, 2015 - 12:05
Lykes One Room Schoolhouse in Spring Hill

Early Hernando County schools were privately run by individual families or churches. Schools in Spring Hill and Istachatta were established quite early on and functioned as a refuge that could be used during indian attack. An early school in Brooksville housed in the Union Baptist Church thrived before the Civil War. These early schools were quite numerous, but much of their history has been lost.

Informal Meeting Format for School Board

December 03, 2015 - 14:37

Hernando Sun Staff

December 8th Informal Meeting Agenda

The school board recently started having an “informal meeting” prior to Regular School Board Meetings. An agenda without listed agenda items is provided for each informal meeting. Since no items are listed on the agenda, it is not possible for the public or media to determine what will be discussed prior to the meeting.

The informal meetings are voice recorded. The informal meeting on November 3rd was 3 hours in length while November 17th informal meeting was 1 hour, 18 minutes.

Tensions High Starting Superintendent Contract Negotiations

November 18, 2015 - 14:38

Hernando Sun Staff

Earlier this month, Dr. Lori Romano Superintendent of Schools submitted an application to Osceola County for their Superintendent position. The Osceola position offered at least a $65,000 raise in pay over her current $120,000 salary. The salary pay range in Osceola is $185,000 to $225,000.

Supervisor of Elections Returns $14,000 in Unused Funds to School Board

November 10, 2015 - 13:21

Hernando Sun Staff

A sum of $14,142.81 was returned to the School Board from the Supervisor of Election's Office last week. The money returned to the school board were funds designated for the Special Election held on September 8, 2015 that were never used by the elections office.

Voters Pass Half Cent Sales Tax in Special Election

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:15am

Hernando County School District

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County voters approved the return of a one-half cent sales tax Sept. 8th 2015. The return of the sales tax means that starting in January 2016, the district will receive approximately $8 million per year that will be used for repairs to school facilities, maintenance, and capital improvements.

Learning and Creativity Abound at Library's Makerspace

September 08, 2015 - 11:26
Working on a cell phone

A makerspace is a do it yourself (DIY) place for people to create, learn and invent independently or collaboratively. The popularity of makerspaces have been on the rise for several years. It seems like a number of makerspaces have been popping up all over America following the establishment of the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library Makerspace in 2011. However, the general idea is centuries old. Today makerspace workshops are equipped with a wide variety of tools and resources for DIY projects.


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