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. Challenger K-8 School students, from left, Jeremy Gonzalez, 13, Jackson Hoyt, 12, Benjamin Harper, 12, and Gianni Labdar, 12, finish meals consisting of fresh salads, quesadillas and nachos during a lunch service on Oct. 15 at the school in Spring Hill during the county's Fresh from Florida Plate Day event.
    Starting a farm-to-school initiative has been more complicated than district officials expected.
  2. A Hernando County Sheriff's deputy talks to students in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. Earlier this month, the school district put forward a proposal to move away from a contract with the Sheriff and establish its own police force. On Tuesday, it announced it would drop that idea.
    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis spoke out this week against the proposal.
  3. Hernando County Sheriff's Office
    William “Cole” Brinson faces battery, probation violation and resisting arrest charges. He’s being held on no bond.
  4. A Hernando County Sheriff's school resource deputy talks to students at Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. The School Board is contemplating moving away from the Sheriff's Office in favor of establishing its own police department.
    The Hernando County School Board will vote on the idea on Oct. 22.
  5. Workers begin construction in 2010 on what would become Winding Waters K-8. That was the last new public school built in Hernando County, which faces capacity strains as officials ask for impact fee raises to keep up with growth.
    The fees are meant to make growth pay for itself. But some county commissioners oppose raising them.
  6. Dianna Watkins, Ashlyn Aupperlee and Sydney Novack, students at Nature Coast Technical High School, work during pre-production for a short film they'll shoot next week during the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.
    For the fourth year in a row, video production students at Nature Coast Technical High will compete at the All American High School Film Festival.
  7. School resource deputies in Hernando County schools are employees of the Sheriff's Office, but are paid for by the school district. By next year, the district could establish its own police force in a move away from the Sheriff's Office.
    Officials said they could hire more officers for the same amount they’re paying the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office for resource deputies.
  8. Gina Fell, a sophomore in Weeki Wachee High School's AVID program, works through a question about essay structure. The elective class, offered in Hernando County for the first time this year, helps mid-performing students take high-level classes and prepare for college.
    The AVID program, a staple in many Florida districts, comes to Weeki Wachee High, thanks in part to a $5,000 grant.
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    The Challenger K-8 student didn’t have access to a gun, deputies said.
  10. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times The Brooksville Blueberry Festival, held the last weekend of April in downtown Brooksville, brought visitors from locally and beyond.
    The Tourist Development Council heard proposals Tuesday and will vote on funding next month