Jack Evans - Hernando Schools Reporter

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.

  1. Left: A burned Ford Taurus, found near Key Vista Nature Park, pictured in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's forensics building. Right: 21-year-old Michael Psilakis, of Hudson, is accused of killing the unidentified man whose body was found in the car.
    Michael Psilakis, of Hudson, faces first-degree murder and other charges. The victim has not been identified.
  2. Rose Rocco is pictured during her swearing-in as a Hernando County Commissioner. Rocco, who died last week at age 78, served on the commission from 2006 to 2010.
    Rocco served one term as Hernando County Commissioner, from 2006 to 2010, and later ran for a state House seat.
  3. Christopher Lamarr Amy was sentenced last month to 60 years in prison. His attorneys had tried to invoke stand your ground in the stabbing deaths of two Holiday men.
  4. Students from Nature Coast Technical High School pose during last month's All American High School Film Festival in New York City.
    You can watch Nature Coast Technical High School’s entry in a selective film competition online now.
  5. Left: Cami Lee Moyer, a 39-year-old Spring Hill mother whose 9-month-old son died last year after she left him in a hot car, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Right: Hernando County Sheriff's Office investigators examine the car that deputies said 9-month-old Keyton O’Callaghan was found inside in 2018.
    Cami Lee Moyer agreed to a plea deal in the 2018 death of her 9-month-old son Keyton O’Callaghan. She was set to stand trial later this month.
  6. Jewell Pelobello, a science teacher from the Philippines, hands out papers to her students during class at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill. Hernando County's school district is one of the first in the state to participate in a program to bring in teachers from all over the world. The district hopes that the teachers can bring new ideas to the schools in addition to filling hard-to-fill teaching vacancies. Fox Chapel Middle has the most of these teachers, with three.
    Through a U.S. State Department-associated program, Hernando schools have eight new teachers from India, Ghana, Jamaica and the Philippines.
  7. The Brooksville Blueberry Festival is set to receive $5,000 in tourism grant funding, should the Hernando County Commission approve the Tourist Development Council's recommendation. The council recommended more than $20,000 in funding for seven upcoming events.
    Recommendations by the Tourist Development Council still need the Hernando County Commission’s approval.
  8. Hernando County School District
    Contract changes agreed on by the teachers union and school district still need to be ratified, but would include a 4.25 percent salary increase.
  9. Lori Romano, former superintendent of Hernando County schools, took an argument that the School Board fired her without cause to a state court of appeal. The court upheld the board's decision to fire Romano.
    Lori Romano’s appeal process took 16 months. A court ended it Tuesday with one word.
  10. Hernando County School District
    The Hernando County School District’s overall premiums will go up about 10 percent. Unless it’s renegotiated later, the entire increase falls to employees.