August 2016

Weeki Wachee grinds out win over Springstead

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee senior Sarah Asbury sets up her teammates during Tuesday's match at Springstead. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – Weeki Wachee’s volleyball team hardly got off to the type of start it would have liked when the season began last week.
In their opener on Aug. 23, the Lady Hornets blew a 2-0 lead and fell at Crystal River, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-10. The next day, they got swept at home by county-rival Hernando, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.
Though they managed a 25-8, 25-6, 25-18 win over Citrus last Thursday, Tuesday’s matchup at Springstead brought more struggle in the early going.

'Bulldogs,' Hernando county sales tax accountability committee

Greg Laskoski presented the update for the Sales Tax Accountability Committee. Voters approved the sales tax, Laskoski said, because of the promise of accountability and the system of checks and balances. The committee is made up of volunteers from various backgrounds, and some of those were opposed to the sales tax, which Laskoski believes offers another layer of balance to the process. At their quarterly meetings, the committee scrutinizes all the figures and expenditures "like bulldogs," he said.

New positions created to comply with federal law

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), an updated version of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), President Bush’s 2002 effort to provide updated standards and school accountability. Through annual grants, the federally funded Title I program supports children who are low achieving or at risk of failing to meet state education standards, especially in the areas of reading and math.

Trash Talk with Scott Harper

Solid Waste Services Manager Scott Harper knows a thing or two about trash. “I love garbage,” he told the BOCC on Aug. 9, 2016.

John Locklear, president of Locklear & Associates, Inc. presented information about what has been happening in solid waste collection over the past year and what the County will need to consider for the future. He suggested creating a citizen’s advisory board within the next year so that information can be gathered and submitted to the BOCC before the current contract with Republic Services ends in December 2018.

Hernando County School Board at the center of Judge's decision

"Parents and their children were adversely and improperly harmed by the Hernando County School Board and State Education Defendant's conduct."

- Judge Karen Gievers

Judge Karen Gievers, 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

It is being reported that a decision by Judge Karen Gievers of the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court on Friday Aug. 26th, 2016 has a big impact for the "opt-out" movement. The case involves several districts not promoting third graders to fourth grade based strictly on testing and the denial of the portfolio evaluation route. At the center of the decision is the Hernando County School Board.