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School Board guard to change

Tuesday marks the end of an era for the Citrus County School Board. Twenty-four-year veteran board member Phil Zellner and 16-year-veteran member David Langer will sit for their last meeting beginning at 10 a.m. The two are retiring from office and their replacements will be chosen in the Nov. 6 election.

Later on Tuesday, the retiring board members will participate in the 3 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony for the District Administration Services Center _ the school administration building planned for the corner of Main Street and Montgomery in Inverness.

And from 4 to 6 p.m., the school system has invited the community to honor Zellner and Langer at a reception at the Pleasant Grove Elementary School.

"It's really a tribute to Dave and Phil and their service to the school district. It will give people in the community an opportunity to come by and visit," said James Hughes, assistant superintendent.

Hughes said the day's events were a fitting way to honor the pair for their combined 40 years of service to the school system.

"It's going to be an exciting groundbreaking," Hughes said. "I think it's symbolic because Dave and Phil are retiring from the board and this symbolizes their type of vision and service to the board."

Hughes recalled that there had been public criticism in the past when the board chose to buy more than 100 acres for the Lecanto school complex, and taxpayers didn't understand why so much land was needed. But Hughes said the same kind of large purchase years earlier provided the school system with the land that will soon house the new administration building.

Tuesday the board will recognize Zellner and Langer for their service.

The board also will choose a contractor to build the administration building and an addition to Lecanto High School and renovate Citrus High School.

In addition, the agenda includes a discussion of a gun and skeet range planned near the Hernando Elementary School.