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School board approves new contract

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 19, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

By a 3-2 vote, School Board members on Tuesday approved a new contract that gives teachers a 6.04 percent raise plus a 1 percent increase in health insurance premiums. The raise gives the school district a boost in teacher recruitment, officials said. Beginning teachers will earn $34,000, better than their counterparts in 17 other Florida counties including neighboring Citrus. Teachers in Pasco County start at $36,420, while those in Pinellas and Hillsborough get more than $37,000. Last week, the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association approved the contract by a 97 percent margin, union officials said. Members Jim Malcolm and Sandra Nicholson opposed the measure due to discrepancies in step increases for the teachers.

SPRING HILL

Beautiful Mind has open house today

The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive (Brothers I and II Plaza). The Beautiful Mind is a self-help rehabilitation and recreation center for those who suffer from a mental illness. Consumers have access to job placement information, online educational programs, job skills information and the latest information on mental illness and recovery programs. For information, call Darlene Linville at 686-0004.

Get tickets now for hospice fundraiser

Tickets are available for Fine Lines Boutique's third annual fashion show to benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice. The show will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 1 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. The theme is "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" and will feature an array of clothing. The event will include lunch, entertainment and giveaways. Funds raised will benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice's patient care programs. Tickets are $30 and are available at Fine Lines, 1361 Kass Circle; 666-8843.

Today's meetings

Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission, 7 p.m., 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill.

Hernando County Administrator Selection Review Committee, candidate interviews, 1:30-5 p.m., Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.