UF/IFAS Extension Offers Financial Programming in Hernando County

UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension is the education arm of the University of Florida in
Hernando County. Scott E. Taylor, the Family, and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agent provides educational programming on financial and money management topics such as Credit Usage and Debt Reduction, Budgeting, Goal Setting, Savings, and Investing, and a whole host of other financial management related areas.

School board to negotiate permanent Superintendent contract with Stratton

Hernando Sun Writer

JAN. 8, 2019 Hernando School Board Meeting- For nearly 40 minutes, the school board heard comments from the public about interim Superintendent John Stratton and the process to hire a permanent Superintendent.  Stratton has served as interim Superintendent since Dr. Romano was terminated in June 2018.

Recurring theme of school board citizen comments: ‘We are worth it.’

School Counselors

Ruth Owen – As a certified school counselor, she expressed concern over the number of open positions, the shortage of interns, and the increasing complexity of work they do. Owen referred to the mental health needs of students as discussed by Ms. Patel, and the amount of work they are assigned, including the registration and enrollment of students in the PHSC Dual Enrollment program, as discussed by Schlum-Hughes. 

PHSC articulation agreement places burden on high school guidance counselors

Vicki Schlum-Hughes – Discussed dual enrollment (DE) and asked the board to refrain from accepting the articulation agreement with PHSC for now. For the last two years, enrolling students in the program is a paper/pen method which takes time from students requiring guidance or mental health assistance. She illustrated the amount of work involved with a stack of papers about 12 inches high that had been recently completed, stating that this was only a portion of applications. “We are not employed by PHSC. We should not have to take away (from) our students to do their work.” 

Informal school board meeting addresses communication, absenteeism and Superintendent search

Board chair Susan Duval opened the meeting and said she would allow everyone time to speak, but not necessarily in order. Linda Prescott was first to turn on her light.

Discussion on Committees and Communication

At the organizational board meeting, the members selected their committees. Prescott suggested that with all the committee meetings, it would be a good idea to brief each other on the general topics discussed, possibly by way of a report.