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Hernando schools lift hiring freeze for core teaching jobs

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County School District officials have partially lifted a roughly monthlong hiring freeze to allow the district to fill core instructional and exceptional student education vacancies.

Superintendent Lori Romano approved the decision Monday, according to a districtwide email.

The decision to selectively fill positions comes as districts across the state are filling vacancies for the upcoming year and district officials said it was important to hire now to get the best applicants.

The hiring freeze went into effect in late March after the district was hit with a reduction in state funding because of declining enrollment and increased insurance costs for substitute teachers due to changes under the federal Affordable Care Act.

At the start of the hiring freeze, the district's chief financial officer, George Gall, said it appears the district needs to save between $2 million and $2.5 million.

The district is not filling any noncore instructional positions, noninstructional positions or district-level positions, according to the district. District officials say these positions will be reviewed and released once there is more information on the 2014-15 budget.

This is the second time the district has been forced to freeze hiring to address budget concerns.

The district's previous hiring freeze began in August, lasting for a few weeks. Romano said the district needed to put the freeze in place while enrollment stabilized for the 2013-14 school year.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

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