Friday, February 23, 2018
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Low grades prompt administrative changes at several Hernando schools

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County School District superintendent Lori Romano has announced administrative changes throughout the district after several schools earned low marks in the latest round of state-issued school grades.

Romano said her decisions were made after reviewing school grade data in an attempt to match individual strengths with the greatest needs.

Spring Hill Elementary assistant principal Nancy Johnson will move to Pine Grove Elementary to replace Heather Urban, who resigned Tuesday. Both schools earned D grades for the 2013-14 school year, though Pine Grove's overall score was lower, narrowly missing an F.

Westside Elementary School's assistant principal, Joyce Lewis, will take over for Johnson at Spring Hill. Westside, another D school, would have earned an F for the past year if not for the state's "safety net" rule, which prevents schools from dropping multiple grade levels from year to year. Replacing Lewis at Westside will be Chocachatti Elementary assistant principal Cari O'Rourke. Chocachatti, one of the district's magnet schools, earned an A.

One of Challenger K-8 assistant principals, Shari Meyer, will take over as assistant principal at Chocachatti. Challenger has been an A school each of the past six years.

Contact Danny Valentine at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. Follow @HernandoTimes.

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