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Letters: Hernando School Board disregards STAT Eduction Center's mission

Teacher balks at new job Nov. 14 article

Board disregards STAR's mission

Once again, the Hernando County School Board completely disregards the needs of the students and staff of STAR Education Center. How else can one explain the impertinent manner the board used to force Mike Provost to become a teacher at a facility he clearly despises? Before readers decide that I do not know enough about STAR to form a learned opinion, let me state that in the 2008-09 school year I volunteered at STAR for a total of 964 hours.

Is it fair to students and staff members alike to have Provost "demoted" to STAR? The public and the School Board clearly believe that STAR Education Center is not only a facility to place last-chance students, but staff as well. Clearly Provost believes that the school is staffed by castoffs from the Hernando County School System. This attitude toward STAR personnel is not only unfair, but unwarranted.

Every staff member and teacher at STAR Education Center chose to take on the challenging and often frustrating job of teaching and working in an alternative school setting. Each day the staff challenges the students to make a change for the better, earn their credits and pass the FCAT so that they, too, can become graduates. Not alumni of STAR, but graduates from the admirable high schools they are zoned for. Even the middle school students who attend STAR are coaxed through behavior programs and remedial programs to allow them to become successful students in all of Hernando's schools. None of the current staff was sentenced to STAR, but apparently the Hernando County School Board believes that STAR is now a repository for unwanted staff, as well as at-risk students.

Was it not enough for the board to change STAR's principal three times in a nine-month period? Apparently not.

Gigi Angell, Spring Hill

Busy intersection in need of a fix

I travel down Mariner Boulevard very often and, depending on what time of day, the intersection of Hearth Road is more than a nightmare.

Anyone familiar with this intersection knows that to the right heading south is Hearth Road and to the left is the exit parking lots of Chase Bank and all the shops in that center, Suncoast Federal Credit Union, McDonald's and Publix. So there are cars trying to get out to the center isle to head north on Mariner from Hearth, and there are cars coming out of the above-mentioned lots to get into the center isle to head either north or south.

I have been witness to numerous accidents. This area is a nightmare without any direction whatsoever. Add people who are not sensible and it isn't pretty.

Authorities must be aware of this situation. Are they waiting for a fatality? I believe a light would not be considered here since there is a light just a block away at Northcliffe Boulevard.

Would it be helpful to close off Hearth at Mariner so cars are only entering Mariner from the east side of the street? Anyone needing to get to a business on Hearth would have to arrive and leave from Northcliffe or Lamar Avenue.

I'm sure this suggestion is not going to be accepted well by the businesses on Hearth Road, but saving lives is of most importance. People will get used to the new direction and should appreciate avoiding the current situation.

Saundra Piercy, Spring Hill

Few get to decide for homeowners | Nov. 18 letter

Beware paying for bad advice

We, too, have been dealing with a homeowners association issue for more than a year now, with no good results.

The letter shows a good example of what happens with associations: Search long enough and you'll find a lawyer who will take your money and tell you what you want to hear. Incidentally, 100 percent of the property owners are required for an association to become mandatory.

I can't understand why many people refuse to believe the many lawyers who say 100 percent is required and believe a lawyer who says something different.

Robert Petrosky, Spring Hill

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Letters: Hernando School Board disregards STAT Eduction Center's mission 11/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 7:08am]
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