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Board member wants to discuss recruiting

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 11, 2000


INVERNESS -- The Citrus County School Board took action on several issues at Tuesday's meeting. Here are the details:

School Board member Pat Deutschman asked for an opportunity for the board to discuss in more detail some of the concerns raised in a Sunday Citrus Times story about how the teacher shortage is affecting the Citrus schools. She said she hopes to discuss some actions the district can take to improve its recruiting efforts, including authorizing school officials to hire on the spot at recruiting events.

The board accepted Superintendent Pete Kelly's recommendation to appoint Robert Brust to the job of director of planning and development, effective at the end of June. Brust, long-time principal at Homosassa Elementary, will replace Linda Kelley. She takes over as assistant superintendent July 1, as David Hickey moves back to the job of principal at Crystal River Middle School.

The board also approved Roberta Long as Brust's replacement at Homosassa Elementary. Long, now the district's executive director for management services, had requested the opportunity to return to a principalship. Her current job will be posted for applicants later this week, according to Kelly.

The School Board approved a formal breakfast program at Citrus High School, a move requested by the school's principal and lunchroom manager. Citrus High already allows students to buy individual breakfast food items, but under the plan approved Tuesday, the school now can offer full breakfasts to students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

In a closed session, the School Board expelled four students, bringing the total for the current year to 36 expulsions and one bus expulsion. The students expelled Tuesday were an eighth-grade boy at Citrus Springs Middle School, expelled for this school year and next year for possession and distribution of marijuana; a seventh-grade boy from Citrus Springs Middle School, expelled for the rest of this school year and the first nine weeks of next year for possession of marijuana; a ninth-grade girl at Citrus High School, expelled for the rest of this year for possession of marijuana; and a seventh-grade girl from Inverness Middle School, expelled for the rest of this year and the first nine weeks of next year for possession and distribution of alcohol.

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