Thursday, June 21, 2018
Education

Hernando County schools news, Sept. 6 and upcoming

Class notes

DROPOUT PREVENTION: Communities in Schools of Hernando County, a local nonprofit organization, will hold mentor-volunteer training from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Visit cishernando.org and then RSVP to attend, or direct questions via email to [email protected] or call Tracy Echols, (352) 277-3322.

GULF COAST ACADEMY: The school will have its Welcome Back Dance Party for students at 7 p.m. Friday.

GRANT WRITING: Learn the basics of grant writing with Barbara Sweinberg, one of the most knowledgeable local individuals in the field, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 the Hernando County Health Department, Room B, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $50 registration fee. Make checks or money orders payable to Communities in Schools of Hernando County and send c/o Tracy Echols, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, FL 34604. RSVPs accepted; email [email protected] or call (352) 277-3322 for information. Walk-ins permitted as long as space is available.

YOUTH INITIATIVE: The Hernando Youth Initiative, a subcommittee of the education committee for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, will present the fifth annual Summit for Youth and Families, "Engaging in Your Community," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) Oct. 4 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. The topic will be "Creating a Vision and Action Plans for Hernando 2030." RSVP is required; email hernando [email protected] There is no cost to attend the summit.

PASCO-HERNANDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: The college will have a College Night for prospective students from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. College Night brings together representatives from PHCC and many public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions, and the military. The event provides information about admissions, financial aid and programs for post- secondary study. High school students, their parents and prospective students of all ages are invited to attend. PHCC's College Night is free and open to the public.

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Hernando school officials set to discuss replacement, sever ties after firing Superintendent Lori Romano

Hernando school officials set to discuss replacement, sever ties after firing Superintendent Lori Romano

BROOKSVILLE — With dust still settling from the Hernando County School Board’s close vote to fire Superintendent Lori Romano — and days before her time as head of the district runs out — school officials and community members seem to be already movin...
Published: 06/20/18
Hernando students score slightly better on state tests

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Published: 06/20/18
Budget analysis projects deficit, deepened by security costs, for Pasco schools in coming year

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Published: 06/20/18
New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

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Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

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Published: 06/20/18

Hillsborough school district will pursue two kinds of local taxes

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
STEM camp beats the summer doldrums for some Pasco students

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Ethan Hooper steps up with a salute to teachers

Ethan Hooper steps up with a salute to teachers

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AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

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Published: 06/16/18
School board races attract new faces

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