Thursday, Apr 17, 2014


Hernando Today

Hernando teachers losing automatic raises

- BROOKSVILLE - The state Legislature's decision to implement performance pay scales statewide for Florida teachers will remove automatic step-increase raises from Hernando County educators' contracts starting nex...

Small plane crashes at Brooksville airport


BROOKSVILLE - A student pilot and a certified flight instructor crashed when the front tire broke off a Cessna 172/M Skyhawk as they were landing Friday morning at Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport.

District's student costs may go down


BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County School District might no longer have to pay more than a half-million dollars each year in tuition costs for high school students who are dual-enrolled in college courses.

School start times may change to return busing


BROOKSVILLE - A majority of school board members supported an option this week to bring back busing for all elementary school students living between one and two miles from school, depending on the school.

Hernando school board looks to renew half-cent sales tax


BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County School Board will forward a modified version of a current half-cent sales tax to the Florida Department of Revenue in hopes of renewing the tax.

Hernando schools will go without impact fees for another year


BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to extend a moratorium on education impact fees for another year.

Weeki Wachee woman tap danced her way through Broadway


WEEKI WACHEE - From Weeki Wachee, Elinor Flagg takes memory lane to get to Broadway, where she spent a 40-year career as a tap dancer beside some of the era's most well-known names in the theater and entertainment indust...

Hernando school board struggles to find funding for busing program


BROOKSVILLE - A majority of school board members said Tuesday they would give a portion of their salaries to help pay for an estimated $250,000 in new hires and competitive raises needed for a partial return to so-called...

Citrus duo rides mules to Ohio for cancer research

- Bethany Vara, 24, and Garris Barton, 30, set out on mules on a round-trip from Crystal River to Ohio this week to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

School board member implicated in grade changing investigation


BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando School District is investigating allegations that school board member John Sweeney circumvented procedures to have his son's grades changed. Sweeney's son was given a special login to take two ...

Hernando busing issue could hinge on impact fee vote


BROOKSVILLE - After two workshops where Hernando school board members expressed support for returning courtesy busing to the district's youngest and most vulnerable students, board members voted Tuesday to postpone any d...

Tentative teacher raise deal will get OK


BROOKSVILLE - A tentative teacher raise agreement between Hernando Classroom Teachers Association members and the school district will be signed in coming days, district officials say.

School board schedules special meeting to resolve busing issue


BROOKSVILLE - The school board has scheduled a

Challenger K-8 students explore life in American colonies


SPRING HILL - Challenger K-8 kindergartners in Margie Yurtinus' class concluded a lesson on colonial America Thursday morning with food, dress, and games unique to the era.

'Obamacare' costs spur look into outsourcing


BROOKSVILLE - The Affordable Care Act, referred to colloquially as "Obamacare," is expected to add $707,194 in health insurance expenditures to the school district next year.

County Vice and Narcotics chief resigns


BROOKSVILLE - A newly promoted Vice and Narcotics Unit captain with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office resigned amid an Internal Affairs investigation alleging he was aware of and helped cover up thefts within the depa...

Audit reveals bad record keeping at Hernando Education Foundation


BROOKSVILLE - An audit of the Hernando County Education Foundation's finances last year found the nonprofit misreported its assets by tens of thousands of dollars, used restricted donations for general expenditures and d...

Weeki Wachee students animate history in faux wax museum


WEEKI WACHEE - Winding Waters K-8 second grade students dressed as famous historic figures Thursday morning, giving browsing parents brief biographical sound bytes in a "Star Wax Museum" format.

Plan for Hernando's low performing schools takes shape


BROOKSVILLE - A turnaround plan for Hernando County's lowest performing schools is taking shape.

Hernando school board not sold on computer-based teaching programs


BROOKSVILLE - Hernando school board members expressed support for the district's computer-based teaching programs this week but want better oversight to ensure they are being used effectively.

County impact fee vote frustrates school board

- Residents of Hernando County deserve a better explanation from commissioners as to why they rejected outright the majority opinion of the elected school board, a board member said.

Return of 'courtesy' busing to Hernando schools would cost $2.35 million


BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando school board further boiled down what a partial return to so-called courtesy busing for students who live within two miles of their zoned schools would look like during a workshop Tuesday.

Free trees handed out in Brooksville


BROOKSVILLE - Monday wasn't only for U.S. presidents in Brooksville.

73 cats removed from High Point home


HIGH POINT - Bruce Nance lifted up furniture and checked peeled back walls for the last hold-outs at 8265 Highpoint Blvd.

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