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Former Hernando superintendent resigns as head of education foundation

Former Hernando school superintendent Bryan Blavatt says he and the Hernando County Education Foundation board have different expectations for the role of the executive director.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times (2011)

Former Hernando school superintendent Bryan Blavatt says he and the Hernando County Education Foundation board have different expectations for the role of the executive director.

BROOKSVILLE — A month after retiring as Hernando superintendent of schools at the end of June, Bryan Blavatt returned to the local education scene as executive director of the Hernando County Education Foundation.

Two months later, he's out again.

On Sept. 30, Blavatt resigned, effective immediately, according to an email sent by education foundation president Tammy Brinker to board members.

"While Bryan regrets he will not be able to represent HCEF as executive director, he would like to remain in a capacity to help raise funds as his time permits and he is able," Brinker wrote.

Blavatt said he and the board had different roles in mind for the executive director position.

"I think they're looking for someone who is more oriented toward day-to-day operations and reflecting it back to the board," Blavatt said. "I thought that my purpose would be the fundraising primarily."

Brinker agreed with that assessment, saying the executive director needs to "commit to the full scope of running the organization, which includes some daily tasks."

"Mr. Blavatt is very supportive of the foundation and our board, and according to him will continue to be a part of helping us grow while having time to enjoy his retirement," she said.

Blavatt, 67, took over the position on Aug. 1.

At the time, he said he looked forward to it.

"It's something where I can work directly to help the kids," he told the Times.

Brinker also believed it would be a good move, saying Blavatt's background in the community would open a lot of doors for the organization.

"We feel like this is really going to help us in expanding our membership," she said.

In her email to board members, Brinker said Blavatt would represent the organization at an upcoming conference.

"Bryan shared with me his passion is in helping the kids, which he will continue to do in some form in the future and is willing to help us out in any way he can," she wrote.

The foundation has been without a director for much of the year.

The position was vacant for six months before Blavatt signed on. It previously was held by Beth Narverud, who is now running for a spot on the Hernando County School Board.

The executive director makes an annual salary of $36,000, plus performance-related bonuses.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

Former Hernando superintendent resigns as head of education foundation 10/03/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:53pm]
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