Jack Evans, Hernando Schools Reporter

Jack Evans

Hernando Schools Reporter

I cover Hernando County schools and all kinds of other North Suncoast news. Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

Hernando legislative wishlists: Vocational ed, better roads

Hernando County School District
Local officials’ requests for legislators also include sewer project funding and teacher bonus reforms.

A school district police department? Hernando says no

A Hernando County Sheriff's deputy talks to students in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. Earlier this month, the school district put forward a proposal to move away from a contract with the Sheriff and establish its own police force. On Tuesday, it announced it would drop that idea.
Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis spoke out this week against the proposal.

Ex-Hernando deputy who forced 2018 standoff arrested again on battery charge

Hernando County Sheriff's Office
William “Cole” Brinson faces battery, probation violation and resisting arrest charges. He’s being held on no bond.

A Hernando schools police force? Decision-makers are divided

A Hernando County Sheriff's school resource deputy talks to students at Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. The School Board is contemplating moving away from the Sheriff's Office in favor of establishing its own police department.
The Hernando County School Board will vote on the idea on Oct. 22.

Hernando schools say they need higher impact fees. County officials aren’t so sure.

Workers begin construction in 2010 on what would become Winding Waters K-8. That was the last new public school built in Hernando County, which faces capacity strains as officials ask for impact fee raises to keep up with growth. Hernando Today photo by HAYLEY M  |  Hernando Today
The fees are meant to make growth pay for itself. But some county commissioners oppose raising them.