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4th elementary school meets No Child Left Behind Act

Citrus County now can boast that four schools have passed federal muster under the No Child Left Behind Act. School officials were notified Thursday that an appeal sought by Homosassa Elementary School had been granted, and that Department of Education officials had determined that the school had reached the requirements to meet "adequate yearly progress." Jan Morphew, director of research and accountability, said the appeal was not related to the school's academic performance. Instead, Homosassa officials were able to show that, despite the original finding that they had not tested enough exceptional students to meet the grade, in fact they had tested 95 percent of their exceptional students. Some had simply been tested at another school within the district. Homosassa Elementary now joins Hernando Elementary, Rock Crusher Elementary and Floral City Elementary in the designation of having met adequate yearly progress.

Tussock removal continues as more dumping space found

Citrus County workers continue to remove tussocks, weed-like nuisances of floating vegetation, from the Hernando Pool of the Tsala Apopka Lake chain after they found more room within their dumping grounds. County officials had anticipated stopping the $500,000 project this week because the Army Corps of Engineers' permitted dumping grounds, which are on three islands in the lake chain, were becoming too full. After measuring the sites by hand, officials said, more room was found. Meanwhile, county and Army Corps officials said they are working together to get the county expanded dumping sites soon. But a spokeswoman from the federal agency said that won't happen until after Feb. 13, which is the last day for the public to be legally notified about any proposed expansion.

Parkway advisory panel sets open meeting for Lecanto

LECANTO _ The next Suncoast Parkway 2 Advisory Group meeting will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 Sovereign Path. The meeting room has limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. All meetings are open to the public, with the understanding that only SPAG members participate during discussion of agenda items. Public comments and discussion may occur at the end of the agenda, with time permitting.

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