No word yet if Alexander got northern job
Hernando school superintendent Wayne Alexander said Thursday that he has not yet heard from the Westerly, R.I., school district about whether he will be offered the job of school chief. Westerly School Board members met behind closed doors Wednesday and said later they had decided which of two finalists will get the job offer. Board Chairman James Murano Jr. said the district would make the offer and start negotiations as early as Thursday. He said an announcement could come by today. Alexander is looking for jobs in New England because his new wife and stepchildren live in Connecticut. Alexander has told the Hernando School Board that his family cannot join him here because of a child visitation dispute between his wife and her ex-husband. Alexander is also one of five finalists for the top spot in Brockton, Mass. Officials in both New England school districts say they need their new superintendent to start this summer. Alexander's contract ends in June 2010.
Negligence lawsuit filed in slide injury
A woman injured on the Thunderbolt slide at Weeki Wachee Springs' Buccaneer Bay filed a negligence lawsuit Tuesday. Amy Burd is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 after she fractured her hip landing in the water at the base of the slide in July 2007. The lawsuit states the private company that operates the water park should have known it "was extremely dangerous and exposed the public to risk of (serious) injury."
Public may speak up on THE bus
The Hernando County Commission is accepting public comments through Wednesday regarding the proposed changes to THE Bus fixed-route transit system. Proposed changes will decrease the frequency of bus travel along the routes from once an hour to every two hours and reduce the number of operating vehicles from six to three. Write to the Hernando County Planning Department, 20 N Main St., Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, Attn: Dennis Dix; send e-mail to DennisD@hernandocounty.us or StevenD@hernandocounty.us, or call (352) 754-4057.
Scuba lessons at YMCA start June 2
Scuba lessons will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting next week at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. The lessons are for youths 12 and older and adults who are in good physical health and are comfortable in and under water. There are six class and pool sessions in the Y's heated, enclosed pool. The cost is $180 for YMCA facility and program members and $200 for nonmembers. Participants must have a mask, fins and snorkel. To register, call the Y at (352) 688-9622, Jack Farrell at (727) 861-3483 or toll-free at 1-800-633-1633, or Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171.
The concert with the Nature Coast Honors Choir will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. A wrong day was listed in Thursday's edition. For information, call (352) 442-7060.
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