Senior night lauded HIGHLIGHTS OF march 14 School Board Meeting

By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm

School board member Doug Dodd recommended Tuesday that the board look into more Project Graduation options for seniors at Lecanto High and Crystal River High schools.

The continued success of the Citrus High School (CHS) drug- and alcohol-free senior night prompted Dodd to make his suggestion, which the board unanimously supported.

“I really feel strongly about that program,” Dodd said. “Citrus High is the only school that continues to do it.”

CHS parents plan the annual Project Graduation party at Rock Crusher Canyon with a DJ, competitions, door prizes, gifts and activities such as corn hole. Lecanto High School (LHS) dropped Project Graduation night a few years ago, while Crystal River High School (CRHS) never had the celebration for seniors.

“The kids just love it,” Dodd said. “It’s an opportunity to have a party with your friends.”

“A teacher took the lead to organize it and then the parents took over and planned it,” board member Linda Powers said.

“Maybe the Citrus parents could offer them some help how to do that,” Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mike Mullen said.

Mullen assured board members he’d talk with school enhancement councils to look into possible options for LHS and CRHS for next year.

Also at Tuesday’s school board meeting:

* A public hearing was held to get citizen input on social studies textbooks for the 2017-18 school year. No members of the public spoke for or against the recommended materials. The board will vote on the textbooks at an April meeting.

* The board unanimously voted to appoint Inverness Primary School Assistant Principal Tara Wells as principal of Floral City Elementary, and Citrus High School Assistant Principal Laura Mason as principal of Citrus High. Both will assume their positions July 1.

* Board members voiced a welcome return of impact fees. County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve impact fees.

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