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Hernando board to decide on magnet school students' fate case by case

BROOKSVILLE --  The ineligible students fighting to finish their schooling at Nature Coast Technical High School will get their hearing.

The School Board on Tuesday night agreed to hold hearings on June 2 for students who live outside of the county but who want to remain at the magnet school.

District officials discovered earlier this year that some students were admitted to Nature Coast despite a policy that barring non-residents from magnet schools. The families were informed by mail that they wouldn’t be allowed to return next year.

Of 19 ineligible students, two have requested a variance, Board attorney Paul Carland told the Board.

After little discussion, the Board took Carland’s recommendation to schedule the hearings for noon on June 2 and advise the other out of county students who wish to remain at the school that they must submit a written variance request to the superintendent to be heard that day.

Two families made pleas for the board to act on the matter soon.

A tearful Nashala Duplain said her dream to become a registered nurse or EMT rides on her ability to stay in Nature Coast ’s medical program. Duplain is currently a junior at the school.

“It’s not just my dream, it’s my life,” Duplain said. “I don’t understand how I can be dropped and forgotten as if my three years at Nature Coast Technical High School have meant absolutely nothing.”

-- Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]


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