Thursday, November 23, 2017




Megan covers the Hernando County School District and general news throughout Hernando County. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in photojournalism in May 2015. She joined the Times in January 2016 after spending one year at the Lake City Reporter.

Bruce P. McAllister. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]

Details emerge in suicide of Hernando school volunteer accused of sexual abuse

A former Brooksville school volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teenage foreign exchange students who were under his care was found dead last week, a day before he was due in court on the charges.The body of Bruce McAllister was found at...
Updated: 10 hours ago
The town of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

After hurricanes, Puerto Rican couple thankful to spend holidays in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — From their mountainside home in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Diana Mendez and her husband, Hector Guzman, watched two back-to-back hurricanes ravage the island in September. But the ongoing aftermath of the historically devastating storms —...
Published: 11/16/17
Employees across the Hernando School District will be asked to weigh in on how superintendent Lori Romano does her job.

Hernando School Board opts for second districtwide evaluation of superintendent

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend $10,000 for a second districtwide survey to evaluate the performance of superintendent Lori Romano.Like the
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Michael Maynard, chairman of the proposed Chehuntamo Advanced Performance High School, withdrew the application for the charter school Tuesday after numerous questions from the School Board, but said he and his team plan to resubmit it at a later date. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

After withdrawing application, Hernando charter school team says it will be back

BROOKSVILLE — Following an afternoon of tough questions and criticism from the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday, those behind a proposed charter school for the "academically advanced" have withdrawn their application.
Updated: 11 hours ago
Michael Maynard, chairman of the proposed Chehuntamo Advanced Performance High School, said the charter would open with ninth-graders who have a strong work ethic and at least a 3.0 grade-point average. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

Proposed charter school would draw ‘academically advanced’ students

Plans for a proposed charter school that would pull students from Hernando and Pasco counties will be recommended for approval by the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday, according to Angela Kennedy, the district’s director of school...
Updated one month ago
Jimmy Lodato has announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat of the Hernando County School Board.

Jimmy Lodato makes fourth run at local office by joining race for Hernando County School Board

After three failed attempts at election to the Hernando County Board of Commissioners, Jimmy Lodato has joined the 2018 race for School Board. Qualifying isn’t until June, but Lodato, 75, filed for the District 3 seat this week. That spot...
Updated one month ago
John Stratton, the executive director of business services who heads up the district's negotiations team, told union representatives he will return to the next bargaining session with a proposal to address teachers' concerns over common planning requirements. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times]

Hernando teachers union asks district to ‘loosen up’ on lesson planning rules

BROOKSVILLE — As negotiations continue between the Hernando County School District and its teachers, conversation about the way instructors plan their lessons is at the forefront.At a meeting Monday, representatives from the Hernando Classroom...
Updated one month ago
Hernando School Board member Mark Johnson asked legislators to consider changing the law concerning busing for students who live within 2 miles of a school.

Officials express concerns to legislators, ranging from flooding to classrooms

BROOKSVILLE — Community leaders gathered Monday ahead of Florida’s upcoming legislative session to present their needs to Hernando County’s state representatives.Their requests touched on a variety of topics, including water and roadway...
Updated one month ago
Hernando County superintendent of schools Lori Romano.

Hernando superintendent’s evaluation includes praise, sharp criticism

BROOKSVILLE — An annual evaluation of superintendent Lori Romano by the Hernando School Board this week made clear that the view of her performance is a mix of harsh criticism and enormous praise.But the Tampa Bay Times’ request for evaluation...
Updated one month ago