Hernando students head back to school
BROOKSVILLE — Bruce Murphy rolled his blue Jeep up to the front of West Hernando Middle School on Monday morning just in time for the 9:05 bell.
His daughter Kelly, an eighth grader this year, looked back to say a quick "'Bye," slammed the door and merged her way into a mass of classmates.
The first day is typically hectic enough, but Murphy is one of thousands of Hernando County parents adjusting to a new bell schedule this year. The carpenter should have been at work more than a half hour earlier but took the time on the first day to drive Kelly to school.
"If they've got to do it, they've got to do it," Murphy said of the School Board's decision to change start times. "I don't like it. I understand it, but I don't like it."