Julie B. Maglio

England's players can't handle loss

The Euro Cup 2020 Championship (postponed by 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic) proved to be an amazing nail-biter of a soccer match between England and Italy.  Both teams were under a lot of pressure to secure victory as Italy hadn’t won in 53 years and England never won, only making it to the semifinals twice in the tournament’s 63-year history.  The last time England had won a major international tournament was the 1966 World Cup.

City of Brooksville Employee Compensation Plan Adopted

By JULIE B. MAGLIO

The Brooksville City Council adopted an employee compensation plan on June 8, 2021, which calls for salary increases for 64 employees to bring their salaries in line with surrounding cities and municipalities. 

The city’s HR Administrator Kimberly Price completed an employee compensation study as the basis of the plan in efforts to “reduce turnover costs and promote growth.”  
Price conducted a five-phase review including a comprehensive review of job descriptions and positions and employee interviews.

Teacher Retention and Resignations

School Board member Jimmy Lodato asked the district’s Ray Pinder how the district can improve teacher retention.
Pinder stated that exit interviews are conducted on instructional personnel and now non-instructional personnel.  He says that there were 32 retirements out of 148 instructional resignations over the past year.
He says out of the 116 who weren’t retiring, “There were two reasons that jumped out: personal family reasons (33) and relocation (26).”

Half Cent Sales Tax Accountability Committee Update: Revenues continue to climb

Gregg Laskoski, Hernando County School District Half Cent Tax Accountability Committee member, reported that the total revenue collected from the half cent sales tax since its inception in 2016 is $57.7 million.  Total expenditures are at 46 million and purchase orders issued are at 50.5 million.

Citizens comments: masks, equity in education, mental health

During the June 8 school board meeting, citizens commented on the district’s mask mandate which continues through the final day of school.  Commenters urged the school board to remove the mandate immediately.  Other topics discussed before the board included mental health resources, equity in education, as well as the promotion of COVID vaccines for 12-15 year olds. 

Education Foundation recognizes contributions of a local business

On April 23, 2021 Hernando County Education Foundation (HCEF), school district staff members and administration honored a local business with a celebration and award presentation, for their contributions to the school district this past year.

HCEF chose Dynasty Collision and Auto Repair as the recipient of the 2021 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award.  ‘Commissioner’ refers to the Commissioner of Education.  

Enrichment Centers face closure in June if funding isn't secured

By Julie B. Maglio
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According to the 2018 Hernando County Statistical abstract report, “Hernando has one of the greatest proportions of individuals over the age of 65 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA. At 27 percent, it is only second to Citrus county, which has over one-third of the population over 65. Approximately 4% of Hernando’s residents are over the age of 85, which is greater than the Florida average of 3%.”