Bovata needed for schools' future
As a Hernando County taxpayer, I am appalled that someone with the qualifications and track record of Roland "Bo" Bavota in overseeing and managing the construction costs of $86 million of two previous Hernando County schools would not have his contract renewed because of the apparent ego of Superintendent of Schools Wayne Alexander.
We taxpayers need the expertise of Mr. Bovota to oversee and manage the $88 million cost of the two new schools in these tough economic times.
Superintendent Alexander should use his educational expertise in improving the education of our children and stop meddling in areas where he has no expertise.
I can't help but think the wrong person is being let go. After all the egoistic hoopla that Wayne Alexander recently pulled with the county, I think its time for him to go.
Don Richter, Weeki Wachee
Changing school leaders is political
I'm a junior at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville. I'm deeply bothered by the recent news that my principal, Mrs. Tizzy Shoelles, and assistant principal Ms. Joy Greene will be transferred to Fox Chapel Middle School and Powell Middle School, respectively, this summer.
This and many other incidents throughout the year have convinced me that school can no longer be a place for learning and preparation for the real world; it's now no more than another instrument for politicians to be selfish and ignore the needs and interests of the people below them.
To say Mrs. Shoelles has been an amazing principal and leader for our school would go as an understatement. Anyone who is a reader of the Hernando Times would know that the 2008-2009 school year hasn't been a particularly easy one for the students of Nature Coast Technical High School. We have witnessed a well-respected member of the football team be killed by a drunken driver as well as a student suffering from a brain disorder commit suicide. Mrs. Shoelles has stood behind us from the start, especially during these hard times. Unfortunately, our School Board hasn't been as supportive.
When they tried to remove our entire athletic program and replace our career clusters with courses that would cover the entire spectrum of low-class employment, Mrs. Shoelles was there to fight it. When the initial idea of abolishing lunch leave was brought up, Mrs. Shoelles was there to fight it. Unfortunately, its removal would become inevitable, and I now see my cafeteria packed beyond the limit and the lunch lines longer than we have time for lunch itself.
I see a pattern here: The School Board attempts to pass a plan that will hinder NCT as a school and Mrs. Shoelles stands up in our defense. Now, Dr. Wayne Alexander finally came up with the great idea that if you replace our dedicated administrators with his own executives, they will, without a doubt, support his next crazy decision for NCT. Nothing will stand in his way.
Cutting Wayne Alexander's salary would be the greatest way of saving money I can think of.
Chris Fazio, Spring Hill
Injured veterans need support
I recently had the pleasure of attending the fundraiser concert for the Wounded Warrior Project on April 4. I'm sure I speak for the few who attended that the turnout was very disappointing to the point of being embarrassing.
A good portion of the audience were themselves veterans of various wars, and it was an honor to be in their presence. More than once a reference was made to how few were there to support this wonderful organization.
The entertainment was wonderful, from the impressionist, comedians, singers and always the great Frankie Dee New York Orchestra. All donated their talents for this cause.
I think Spring Hill and surrounding areas could have come to support the wounded veterans and their families.
JoAnn Hellthaler, Brooksville
Developers, politicians prevail but nature loses April 5, editorial
Officials show no worry for nature
I agree with your editorial that our wildlife has lost in the transfer of property to developers of SunWest Harbourtowne. This happens with far too much regularity.
What is also disturbing is the lack of concern by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the politicians about the water shortage. They are asking residents to cut back on their water use while blatantly disregarding how much water a golf course and new residential and commercial development will use.
Swiftmud and the politicians need to practice what they are preaching and show concern for residents and wildlife.
Ann Reid, Spring Hill
Springstead team deserves kudos
Dan Dewitt's article, Symbol of pride, reflected on what the Springstead boys' basketball team did for Hernando County during the 2008-09 season.
Since our loss to Cocoa in the state final, the county has lifted these young men up by acknowledging their accomplishments and trumpeting their efforts. There is a saying that only one team goes home happy in a state tournament scenario. The efforts of a lot of people in our community have brought joy to the Springstead Eagles.
Chris Berhnardt always managed to depict their efforts in a positive light that engenders self-esteem. Times staff writer Joey Knight dug in to the essence of the team's chemistry with provocative articles. The Hernando County School Board and the County Commission extended gracious invitations to honor the team, while Rep. Robert Schenck wrote a letter of commendation to each of our players.
Our student athletes learned that their local government agencies are operated by inspirational people who engender a sense of confidence in difficult times.
Activity Director Kim Foster brought our team and their families together for a recent celebration at the Grande, an upscale retirement community in Brooksville. It was wonderful. These kids were assured that when discussions about the best basketball seasons in North Suncoast history break out in barbershops, on black top, and on Web sites, the 2008-09 Springstead Eagles will be part of the discussion.
Pat Kelly and George Bennett, Springstead High School