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.

State budget: Hernando County school appropriations perish as airport projects survive DeSantis' veto pen

Flight student taxis on the runway at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.  LUIS SANTANA | Times
The county will get $3 million to expand a water reclamation plant and $4 million to extend a runway, but School District funding for security and vocational education didn't survive.

Hernando schools' message to parents after reading score downturn: Don't panic.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TimesHernando County School District ? 919 N Broad St., Brooksville
After years of progress, the district's third-grade language arts test scores dropped. Officials say there's not enough data to say if they have a big underlying problem.

Hernando schools took over education at a state juvenile justice facility near Brooksville. Here's what it's like inside.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times 
The Education Building is the centerpiece to Brooksville Academy, a school within the Center for Success and Independenc, a Brooksville-based clinical treatment campus owned and operated by Youth Opportunity, which partners with state and county juvenile justice and child welfare systems to treat at-risk youth as an alternative to punitive measures. Brooksville Academy currently works with 42 male teens between the ages of 13-19 who have been court ordered to live at the non-secure residential commitment program that provides therapeutic services to address behavioral, mental health and substance abuse issues.
Officials feared a hasty transition would create complications at Brooksville Academy. It's been less rocky than expected, but there's still work to do.

Hernando high schoolers find futures, life lessons in agriculture research

Anna Babione, a recent Hernando High School graduate and president of the Brooksville Senior Future Farmers of America chapter, at a steer show. Babione is one of more than a dozen students from the chapter presenting projects at the 2019 state agriscience fair. Photo by Fraser Hale.
More than a dozen members of the Brooksville Senior Future Farmers of America will present work at the state level this year. That success isn't the program's only focus.

Hernando School Board eyes 2020 general election for possible tax increase vote

Hernando County School District, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
The board still has to settle several elements of a prospective millage increase vote, including the size of the increase and an outline of where funding would go.