BROOKSVILLE — A mere month after exiting as Hernando County School District superintendent, Bryan Blavatt is back on the education scene — as executive director of the Hernando County Education Foundation.
Blavatt, 67, who retired at the end of June, officially took over the position Thursday.
"This is a great thing for me," he said. "It's something where I can work directly to help the kids."
The position has been vacant since Feb. 1, when former executive director Beth Narverud's contract expired. It comes with an annual salary of $36,000, excluding performance-related bonuses.
"With his background and his interest in the community and the schools, the board felt this was the best candidate for the position," said education foundation president Tammy Brinker. "I do think that it brings a lot of open doors to us as well.
Brinker said Blavatt has contacts in the community and with businesses.
"We feel like this is really going to help us in expanding our membership," she said.
School Board member Gus Guadagnino, who also sits on the education foundation's board, added that Blavatt is well known throughout the state education system and will help bring in money from outside the county.
"I think he's going to reach out to a lot of people we've never even thought of going to," Guadagnino said.
Founded in 1988, the foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides direct support to the schools. That includes providing grants to Hernando teachers for everything from classroom supplies to special projects. For the 2011-12 school year, the foundation invested roughly $102,000 in Hernando schools.
Blavatt said he is excited to work to help the district from the outside for a change.
"I really do think it'll be a good fit," he said.
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