Jack Evans, Hernando Schools Reporter

Jack Evans

Hernando Schools Reporter

I cover Hernando County schools and all kinds of other North Suncoast news. Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

After tumultuous months, Brooksville's Main Street gets a grant

It's still unclear where the bulk of the program's funding will come from, but a Hernando County Tourist Development Council grant offers a little advertising help.

School grades: How every Pasco school did compared to last year

Students in Stephanie Ramsey's third-grade class at Oakstead Elementary in Land O'Lakes celebrated the final days of school with a fun writing assignment tied to the name that came out of a popped balloon each day. School officials later found out that Oakstead also finished the year with an A grade from the state. [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK   |   Times]
The district held onto its B-overall grade, while 12 of its schools did better than in 2018.

School grades: Every Hernando school, from A to C (thatís right, no Dís or Fís)

At Chocachatti Elementary, the year began with scenes like this - kindergartner Addysen Gilbert reaching to put her lunchbox on a shelf outside her new classroom on first day of school. The year ended with an A grade from the state for Chocachatti. [MEGAN REEVES   |   Times]
The district scored a B overall this year. Hereís how the schools break down.

Florida school grades improve statewide, results mixed in Tampa Bay

Among the results from Thursday's release of school grades by the state Department of Education: Two-thirds of Florida schools saw no change in their grade from this time last year, while 22 percent improved and 13 percent performed worse. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
More schools this year earned A and B grades than in 2018, and fewer received an F.

He fought his way out of 'hell' as a young boxer. He wants to help Hernando County kids do the same.

ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times
Jackie Wilson, owner of Shaquille’s Boxing Club, coaches students as they build their stamina on punching bag drills at the gym on June 24 in Brooksville. Wilson started the boxing club last year, quickly outgrowing the garage in which he started, moving first to a small gym and then to a bigger one across the street earlier this year.
All kids are welcome at Jackie Wilson's gym in Spring Hill, but he takes a particular shine to the ones who are lost, angry or forgotten.