Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New Hernando County schools superintendent ready to start in temporary quarters

BROOKSVILLE — Soon-to-be school superintendent Bryan Blavatt is close to getting what he wants from Hernando's real estate market, but the good deal on a centrally located home probably won't be sealed in time for his April 1 start date.

Blavatt said this week that he and his wife, Barbara, expect to close sometime next month on a house in Silverthorn, a golf course community situated between Barclay Avenue and the Suncoast Parkway. Blavatt, who lives in Union, Ky., figures he will stay in a hotel during his initial days on the job here.

The couple did not have much time to house hunt, but Blavatt said he is glad he committed to an earlier start date even though he could have pushed it as late as July 1.

"I wanted to start as early as possible because it would be best for the students and the community if I got involved before all the decisions for the next school year are determined," he said.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Secretariat Run is central to the county's schools and has enough space for a guest room and an art studio for Barbara, Blavatt said.

An educator for four decades who currently teaches art in a high school, she will stay in Kentucky to finish out the year. The Blavatts have yet to sell their current home, and Blavatt said any savings on the purchase here will probably be eaten up by the loss they expect to take on that sale.

New Hernando County schools superintendent ready to start in temporary quarters 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 6:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Looking Back: Adele and her baby koala come out of hiding (December 27, 1991)


    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on December 27, 1991. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Tony Lopez.


    By Amber Grimes

    Times staff …

    Kunara, Busch Garden's shy baby koala, has been working his way out of his mother Adele's pouch since his birth.

TIMES | Tony Lopez
  2. Large brush fire burning in Brooker Creek Preserve near Westchase


    A large brush fire is burning early Thursday morning in the Brooker Creek Preserve just north of Oldsmar near Westchase, but appears to be contained, according to reports.

  3. Clearwater confronts a new wave of homeless people, many addicted to spice

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Having lived on the streets since 2014, when he said God ordered him to go out and watch over the homeless, Scott Elfstrom has seen new faces brought out by the typical drugs, despair or plain bad luck.

    Clearwater police Sgt. Rodney Johnson talks to a group of homeless people near the Clearwater Police Department. Johnson has worked to decrease the amount of spice being used in the homeless population.
  4. Preservation group's efforts help revitalize Hudson Cemetery

    Human Interest

    HUDSON — Since the 1970s, the area's unhoused could count on Hudson Cemetery as a place to eat, drink and doze. They would crouch behind bushes on the 2 acres — sandwiched between an ABC liquor store and a shopping center — and leave behind beer cans, cigarette butts and rotting clothes. They would …

    Dennis Kingsley, former president of the Hudson Cemetery Preservation Association, looks at recently cleaned headstones at the cemetery. It got a new fence and was cleared of weeds and brush in June.
  5. Adam Putnam