Lisa MacNeil

Adding 'actual cost' information to the budget sheet

Another item addressed during the Oct. 9 informal Hernando County school board meeting was placing actual cost information on the school district’s budget sheet. Specifically, Susan Duval raised the discussion of including the amount of money that was budgeted for an item in previous years and what the item actually cost.  Duval said the information can currently be looked up, but is time-consuming.  She also noted that for anyone tracking expenses, having the additional information available will make that job easier.

Superintendent search will wait

Susan Duval reported that she may have given “an inaccurate response” in a recent meeting when asked about beginning a search for a permanent superintendent.   According to Duval, the board agreed to begin a search for a new superintendent, who would not have been selected until after the November swearing in of the new School Board members. 

Reviewing the minutes, Duval said that the board moved to begin a search for a new superintendent, the position currently held on an interim basis by John Stratton.  The job posting or call for applicants has not taken place yet.

Reinstating music programs discussed during informal meeting

At the Oct. 9, 2018 informal Hernando County school board meeting, Linda Prescott reported that six elementary schools do not have music programs.  She also cited recent research into the benefits of music education for young students.   Mentioning also that there is still a noticeable skills gap in Hernando County students, Prescott asked about the possibility of reinstating music education in schools without it.

Actions to be taken on school district’s weapons policy

On October 4, 2018, Ronald Ralph, a Central High School paraprofessional was arrested for possessing a firearm on school property.  Ralph’s arrest record cites a violation of Florida Statute 790.115, which states in part that one exception is “In a vehicle pursuant to s. 790.25(5); except that school districts may adopt written and published policies that waive the exception in this subparagraph for purposes of student and campus parking privileges.” 

Park users capped to reduce traffic on Weeki Wachee River

On October 25, 2018, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation, David Clark sent an email to Senator Wilton Simpson regarding the latest steps in reducing traffic on the Weeki Wachee River.  The following day, Clark’s office sent a directive to the park’s concessionaire Guest Services, Inc., doing business as Boating in Florida. The directive will cap the number of “users” that can enter the river from Boating in Florida at 280 per day, regardless the number of vessels.

Sept. 25 County Commission Meeting Run Down Part 2

Change in Board of County Commissioners meeting format:  

Starting with the October 9, 2018 meeting, 
citizens comments will be heard immediately following Resolutions and Proclamations, except when citizens are commenting on specific items on the meeting agenda for that day. 
 

PLANNING AND ZONING DIRECTOR RONALD PIANTA

• Hernando County 2040 Comprehensive Plan Adoption Public Hearing