Highlights of Opening Day and Summary of School Board Action

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New - VPK opens at 8 schools!

  • In its first year of offering Voluntary Pre-K, Hernando School District reports all 8 school sites are at capacity with 158 students currently enrolled in the VPK program.
  • Coordinator Carrie LaBarge reports the first day went smoothly with parents, students and teachers excited to begin the year!
  • The option of free VPK is an additional measure of the school district's commitment to early learning.

First Day - By The Numbers

  • K-12 student attendance - 19,791
  • Total Employees - 2,890
    • Open Positions (Instructional) - 39 (Non-instructional) - 42*
      • *Currently, each school has one opening for a custodian (funded through ESSER) to assist with cleaning protocols.

Summary of Board Action - New or notable.


  • Approval of Job Description for Registered Nurse Health Specialist and the Proposed Job Description for Licensed Practical Nurse
    • Using funds from ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund), HCSD plans to hire 3 Registered Nurses and 24 Licensed Practical Nurses to assist all schools in reporting, monitoring and implementation of Covid-related responsibilities. These positions will be funded for 2 years.

Public Comment - Setting the Record Straight

  • 18 of 40 individuals in attendance requested to address the Board
    • 15 public comments were on the topic of Critical Race Theory