Chocachatti school gets new principal

Published March 9, 2007


An up-and-coming Hernando County administrator has won the job of leading Chocachatti Elementary School. Maria Rybka, principal at Eastside Elementary, will take over this summer from the retiring Michael Tellone at Hernando County's first magnet school. Rybka assumed the leadership at Eastside last summer after eight years there as assistant principal. A graduate of West Hernando Middle School and Springstead High, she began her county teaching career at Westside Elementary. "Serving Eastside over the past eight years has given me the opportunity to become the leader that I am," Rybka said in a statement. "I feel it a privilege to be able to now serve Chocachatti in a way that not only sustains their successful momentum but also pleases the community."


County, fire union likely to meet soon

More clarification on Spring Hill Fire Rescue District union negotiations is on the way. After the Hernando County attorney's draft was discussed during a Thursday morning meeting between county and fire district officials, both sides will most likely meet again to discuss what is in writing. Until then, they have all agreed to wait before making any more public statements. "Just to make sure everyone is on the same page," said Spring Hill Fire District Chief J.J. Morrison. Along with Morrison, Spring Hill Fire Rescue District attorney Andy Salzman, County Attorney Jon Jouben, County Administrator Gary Kuhl and County Human Resources director Barbara Dupre participated in the meeting. Kuhl said Jouben was directed to restate several points he made in an opinion released earlier this week. That is expected to happen as early as today. Kuhl, Dupre and Morrison all said the meeting was productive and went well. The session was the first since fire district officials and union leaders walked out on a meeting with Dupre on March 1, questioning their role in the second bargaining session.

Public meeting

Metropolitan Planning Organization Chairs' Coordinating Committee, 11:30 a.m., Hernando County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. (Truck Bypass 50), Brooksville.

Today's picks

Tailgate Flea Market and Rummage Sale: 8 a.m. to noon, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Louise, 796-1189.

Frontier Park's 35th Anniversary Celebration: Country dance demonstration, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.; street dance with Southern Reign Band, 7 p.m., 15549 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call Marv, 442-3210.