Friday, June 22, 2018
Education

Hernando County School Board, administration information

Administration

School Board members

Cynthia Moore, chairwoman, (352) 796-9192

Matthew Foreman, vice chairman, (352) 279-3514

James Yant, (352) 683-2766

Dianne Bonfield, (352) 799-7145

John Sweeney, (352) 686-1782

School Board meetings, held at the district office building, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville, are open to the public and broadcast live on Hernando Instructional Television, Bright House cable Ch. 614. A meeting schedule is published Sunday in the Hernando Times.

• Meetings are generally at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month.

• Workshops, during which matters are discussed but no formal votes are taken, are frequently scheduled on Tuesday afternoons.

• For information, call the district office at (352) 797-7000.

District administration

Bryan Blavatt, superintendent, (352) 797-7001

Sonya Jackson, assistant superintendent, (352) 797-7001

Ken Pritz, assistant superintendent, (352) 797-7000

Dennis J. Alfonso, School Board attorney, (352) 797-7253

Executive directors and supervisors

Roland Bavota, facilities, (352) 797-7050

Sean Arnold, maintenance, (352) 797-7071

Lori Drenth, food and nutrition, (352) 797-7028

Douglas Compton, transportation, (352) 797-7003

Barry Crowley, safety and security coordinator, (352) 797-7054

Cathy Dofka, exceptional student education, (352) 797-7022

Marcia Austin, curriculum specialist, (352) 797-7070, ext. 443

Debbie Pfenning, curriculum specialist, (352) 797-7070, ext. 448

Jeff Yungmann, curriculum supervisor, (352) 797-7070, ext. 433

Heather Martin, executive director of business services, (352) 797-7005, ext. 411

Desiree Heneger, chief financial officer, (352) 797-7004

Melissa Harts, technology and information services, (352) 797-7006, ext. 454

Jessica Baraket, purchasing, (352) 797-7060

Roy Gordon, communications and public relations manager, (352) 797-7009.

Comments
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