Saturday, December 16, 2017
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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Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

TAMPA — A high-ranking University of South Florida Health official has resigned amid internal concerns that he was giving special treatment to his assistant.After an internal investigation, USF System President Judy Genshaft was poised last month to ...
Published: 12/15/17
Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

TAMPA — A months-long conflict over planned pay raises has moved to a new phase with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association declaring a bargaining impasse with the public school district.The two sides, which began negotiations in late spring...
Published: 12/15/17
Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

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Three months later, the Pinellas County school district has totaled up the costs of operating 16 schools as shelters for 25,000 evacuees during Hurricane Irma.The district is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for a reimbursemen...
Published: 12/15/17
Love of science is the goal, now that every Pinellas elementary school has a lab

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Published: 12/15/17
Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

Rising up in defiance to Richard Spencer, hundreds of University of Florida students sounded off in a deafening chant."Go home, Spencer!" they shouted, as the exasperated white nationalist paced the stage, pleading to be heard.Were the students exerc...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17
Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

BROOKSVILLE — The new year could bring about new beginnings for at-risk girls in Hernando County.Pending a vote by the School Board next month, PACE Center for Girls, an alternative education program for middle- and high-school students, could open a...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Pasco school district, employees reach contract agreement

The raises for Pasco County school district employees aren’t as high as anyone would like, but they’re now part of a signed tentative contract deal reached just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.If ratified by the staff and the School Board, the agreements ...
Published: 12/13/17
For Bexley students in Land O’Lakes, math skills go airborne

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LAND O’LAKES — At Bexley Elementary School in Land O’Lakes, students are throwing paper airplanes — with the help of a high tech computerized launcher. They’re also bowling — with a little aid from computerized drones. And when they get around to it,...
Published: 12/13/17

Proposal to rollback early learning programs could bring Citrus into Pasco-Hernando coalition

Some Florida lawmakers have not hidden their desire to scale back the statewide number of early learning coalitions that oversee child care and preschool programs, including Voluntary Prekindergarten.The state Office of Early Learning has now issued ...
Published: 12/13/17
Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

TAMPA — Elementary school students programmed an electronic mouse to make its way through a maze.Middle school students directed an electronic vehicle to stop on a dime, then use its arms to locate and lift a tiny cube.When the demonstration was done...
Published: 12/12/17
Updated: 12/14/17