Education

Honoring Achievement in Hernando County Public Schools

On Monday, August 5, Hernando County School Superintendent, John Stratton, and his executive team visited seven area schools to honor their achievements over the past year. Accompanying Stratton and his team were School Board members Linda Prescott, Kay Hatch and Jimmy Lodato. Each of the schools either improved its letter grade or maintained its "A" school rating. The group presented the staff at each school with a banner and a plaque congratulating them. 

School district proposed budget and millage rates for FY 2019-2020

HERNANDO SUN STAFF REPORT -  The first public budget hearing for the school district was held on July 30, 2019. At this meeting the following tentative millage rates were approved unanimously as well as the proposed budget.

The proposed total tentative millage of 6.163 mills approved at the first public budget hearing is more than the Rolled-Back rate by .88%.  The millage and revenues earned from the millage are broken down in the charts below.

Oak Hill Hospital's Volunteer Association awards $15,000 in scholarships to 2019 high school graduates

Oak Hill Hospital is proud to announce that a total of 15 scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to graduating  Hernando County seniors by Oak Hill Hospital’s Volunteer Association. Oak Hill Hospital Volunteer association, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit entity. The $15,000 in scholarships was awarded to the following students:

Hernando School District assessment results “remain largely unchanged”

STAFF REPORT

BROOKSVILLE – The Florida Dept. of Education has released scores for all 2018-19 state assessments. Each year, students in grades 3-12 take a variety of assessments that measure their progress toward standard mastery across four core disciplines: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

District-wide, Hernando County scores remained largely unchanged. School officials report that modest gains in the number of students earning a Level 3 or higher in English Language Arts were off-set by a slight decline in mathematics.

School district plans to bring millage rate increase to the voters

by KATHRYN DENTATO
Hernando Sun Reporter

Heather Martin, Deputy Superintendent, and Joyce McIntyre, Director of Finance, met with the School Board members to talk about the district’s need to increase millage rates, the proposed amount(s), how the money would be used, and the timing of a vote by the citizens. 

Drop in third grade reading scores prompts changes

by KATHRYN DENTATO
Hernando Sun Reporter

The percentage decrease in third graders passing the FSA reading assessment for the 2018-2019 school year will be addressed by district staff in a number of ways in the upcoming school year.  The numbers were discussed in detail and specific strategies for reading instruction and training were presented at the school board workshop on June 11, 2019.

T-Volt Technical Skill Development

Many of our skilled technicians are nearing the age of retirement. For many years there has been an emphasis on sending high school graduates to college, other options have not been emphasized. T-Volt is working on providing an alternate route by teaching entry-level technical skills for the building trades that can start individuals on a path to a successful and rewarding career.