Julie B. Maglio

School Board appoints interim Superintendent, approves termination for cause letter to Dr. Romano

To no avail, school board member Gus Guadagnino urged the board to rescind their vote on Dr. Romano’s termination during a special board workshop on June 25, 2018. Ultimately, he and other board members moved forward on hiring an interim Superintendent in a 5-0 vote the next day: Mr. John Stratton. Stratton has been serving as Executive Director of Business Services for Hernando County Schools and has served as principal of Central High School and Endeavor Academy as well as in assistant principal roles.  He's been an educator for 25 years.

Kyle Manuel: Stellar athlete and now Eagle Scout

Springstean High Senior Kyle Manuel finished off his high school career on a positive note.  He recently signed with Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL where he’ll continue his exemplary Track and Field career and study exercise science with plans to become a physical therapist.  Kyle was named Springstead’s 2018 United States Marine Corps-Semper Fidelis – Distinguished Male Athlete Award Winner.  

Springstead Athletics lists Manuel’s impressive accomplishments:

BOCC agrees to rezoning, applicant plans microbrewery, 'industrial flex space'

The Hernando County BOCC voted 4-0 to adopt a resolution rezoning a 14.8-acre parcel off of Anderson Snow Road and Edward Noll Drive from PDP(IND)/Planned Development Project (Industrial) to PDP(CP)/ Planned Development Project (Corporate Park) with several modified performance conditions. One condition requires a navigation easement to the Hernando County Airport.

The Hernando Sun Newspaper Completes Circulation Audit

Last month, we completed our initial audit with the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) which is the pre-eminent newspaper circulation auditing firm. The task took our small team several months to complete as we could only devote one day per week between issues. Lisa MacNeil created a database for our circulation records, which she is still polishing. Our store delivery staff had to keep exact records of the numbers of newspapers dropped off and picked up at each location.

Honor Student Alyssa Nixon Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

BROOKSVILLE, FL — Alyssa Nixon, an upcoming Senior at Hernando High School of Brooksville has been chosen to be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25--27, 2018. She was nominated by Dr. Mario Capecchi, a molecular geneticist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for creating a method to breed mice in which a certain gene is turned off- they are coined “knockoff mice.” Capecchi, born in Verona, Italy also serves as Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Runners not afraid to get dirty at Mud Endeavor 10

Just under 1000 athletes descended on Wildlife Lane in Brooksville last weekend to participate in the Mud Endeavor 10 5K race.  Runners mostly came from central Florida, but some travelled from as far away as Georgia, to experience the Brooksville mud run which takes advantage of the area’s unique terrain and the property’s access to water- essential for any respectable mud run.  

Citizens unhappy with garbage rate hikes and MSBU for mandatory areas

The Board of County Commissioners found themselves in a quandary, having signed a contract with Republic Waste Management establishing several unpopular service changes including rate increases in the face of poor job performance by Republic.  To not approve the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) assessment establishment on the May 22, 2018 agenda would be in breach of their contract with Republic. In the end, the board voted unanimously to establish the MSBU.
The 6th amendment to the contract with Republic was adopted and signed October 24, 2017, and included the following:

Hernando County Youth Livestock Competition 2018

4-H youth are likely familiar with this concept.  Their fine work in animal husbandry was recently on display at the 4-H Youth Livestock Competition during the Annual Hernando County Fair which featured rabbit, poultry, swine and steer competitions. 

The ‘Cloverbuds Competition’ for children ages 5 - 7, is neither judged or scored, but aims to introduce the concept of recognition for animal husbandry, awarding participation ribbons only.