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Let schools do what they do best

Published February 7, 2007


Re: Magnet schools draw attention, Feb. 4 story

I also disagree with comments that parents who have their kids in any of Hernando County's magnet schools are "elitist," or their children are "gifted." We are just parents who are willing to go the extra miles to attend a meeting so we can fill out a lottery form, or to submit a portfolio, which requires time and effort, plus agreeing to a contract of 8 to 9 hours of volunteer time per school year (for Challenger K-8).

These schools also have other requirements that most zoned schools don't, like mandatory participation in the Science Fair for all students, and stricter dress codes than other zoned schools. Many parents simply don't want to be bothered with all the extra effort.

Face it, the principals of these schools push their students to achieve and that also pushes the parents, so this is really a choice if the parents don't mind all the extra parent participation and work. The three magnet schools in this county (along with the charter school) may have smaller percentages of free and reduced-fee lunch users. However, this is not the fault of the school, but the reflection of the parents who don't try to get their kids into these schools because of the extra requirements.

I know many parents of kids who have their children in Challenger and Nature Coast Technical High School and we are definitely not "elitist" and our children are not "gifted." One thing is for sure: These same parents will have to stand up and defend these schools when the School Board tries tampering with them at rezoning time.

Why not put some of the burden on the builders to pay higher impact fees so we can build more schools for the students flooding the county, and leave the magnet schools alone to do what they do best?

Lisa Tornuff, Spring Hill


Moratorium makes more sense 

Re: Majestic Oaks housing development

Hello! Is anyone on the Hernando County Commission using his/her head?

To approve a new subdivision in Hernando County, consisting of 999 homes and 100,000 square feet of space for stores, restaurants or offices, is really ridiculous, and this is just one of many being considered.

Do the members know there is a water shortage, not only in Hernando County, but elsewhere in the state? Can you imagine the drain these new homes and businesses will have on our meager water supply?

Do the commissioners know how many people are moving out of Florida because of high insurance and property taxes?

There are vacant homes all over Hernando County and they are considering construction of almost 1,000 more in just this one subdivision! Someone is not playing with a full deck!

When are the commission members going to realize that more homes, more businesses and more golf courses means less water for everybody? Or are they only thinking of the impact fees that will be coming in?

Why not consider a moratorium and stop building now. That makes more sense than a new subdivision.

Audrey Swenson, Spring Hill


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