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Detention Center Inmate dies

by PAT RAIA, [email protected]

An inmate at the Hernando County Detention Center has died according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). The official cause of his death is yet to be determined.

HCSO Deputy Public Information Officer (PIO) Mike Terry said that about 11 pm on June 15, a group of inmates alerted a deputy on duty inside the Detention Center that another inmate was unresponsive.

HCSO canine teams catch would-be home invaders

Three would-be home invaders are in the custody of law enforcement authorities after they were tracked down and apprehended by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) K-9 unit and their handlers. The suspects’ accused get-away-car driver was caught by deputies during a traffic stop.

Around 10 p.m. on June 14, HCSO personnel responded to a call about an attempted home invasion on Moondance Circle in Spring Hill.

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. 

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).”

Malik Nance's golf cart

“I originally wanted to go to Hawaii,”  Malik Nance, 10, explained when asked about his request to the Make-A-Wish foundation for a street-legal golf cart.

A trip to Hawaii was not possible due to COVID restrictions that were in place for much of 2020.  It was also the year Malik spent a great deal of time in the hospital battling leukemia.