Friday, December 15, 2017
Education

Hernando County School Board administration listings

Administration

School Board members

Gus Guadagnino, chairman, (352) 279-6658

Dianne Bonfield, vice chairwoman, (352) 799-7145

Cynthia Moore, (352) 796-9192

Matthew Foreman, (352) 797-7253

John Sweeney, (352) 686-1782

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

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

District administration

Lori Romano, superintendent, (352) 797-7001

Sonya Jackson, assistant superintendent for operations, (352) 797-7000

K. Alan Cox, assistant superintendent for academic services, (352) 797-7000

McClain, Alfonso & Meeker P.A., School Board attorney, (352) 797-7253

Executive directors and supervisors

Sean Arnold, facilities and maintenance, (352) 797-7071

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

Douglas Compton, transportation, (352) 797-7003

Mario Littman, safety and security coordinator, (352) 797-7054

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

Betty Harper, student services, (352) 797-7008

Marcia Austin, supervisor of secondary programs, (352) 797-7070, ext. 443

Debbie Pfenning, supervisor of school choice, (352) 797-7070, ext. 448

Gina Mickalicka, supervisor of elementary programs, (352) 797-7070, ext. 433

Heather Martin, equity, policy, investigation and compliance officer, (352) 797-7005, ext. 411

Sue Wetherington, technology and information services, (352) 797-7006, ext. 454

Jessica Baraket, purchasing, (352) 797-7060

Eric C. Williams, communications and public relations, (352) 797-7070, ext. 452

George Gall, finance, (352) 797-7004

Sarah Meaker, director of human resources, (352) 797-7005

Jamie Young, executive director of teaching, learning and technology, (352) 797-7000

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