School system welcomes donations Julie Gorham / citrus chronicle

INVERNESS — Citrus County School Board member Linda Powers was thrilled to see a smattering of donations noted on the agenda for Tuesday’s school board meeting.

“One positive thing coming out of the upcoming school board meeting is the number of donations,” Powers said. “People are becoming so supportive of the students and the district.”

There are a total of 15 donations noted, including $50,000 to Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) from Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. The other 14 donations were also significant, including $5,000 for astronomy equipment for Citrus High School from Wayne Carpenter in memory of his brother, Craig William Carpenter.

Right now there’s considerable concern among education officials about state budget, with many superintendents and others around the state waiting to see what the outcome will be in Tallahassee. That is one reason why Powers is happy to see the giving nature of so many in the community.

“It is amazing to see. There is not one other district close to ours,” she said. “Plus it is positive with how the world is right now — it is hopeful.”

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting:

* Continuing the One-to-One (iPad) initiative: Assistant Superintendent Mike Mullen is recommending board members approve purchasing 1,400 Apple iPads to expand student devices at the high school level to 11th grade, per the current deployment schedule, with a budget at $411,600.

* WTC staff reduction: Human Resource Director Suzanne Swain recommends reducing the total number of Withlacoochee Technical College staff members by six employees, broke down as follows: one assistant director, one custodian, two on-site helpers and two instructors. Withlacoochee Technical College funding from the state Workforce dollars and the Adult Education grant are being reduced by approximately $260,000.

Contact Chronicle reporter Julie Gorham at 352-563-3236 or


* The Citrus County School Board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the District Services Center, 1007 W Main St., Inverness. Learn more at and click on the “School Board” link to view the agenda.

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