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Gus Guadagnino and Robert Neuhausen will meet for the second time this election cycle, with the winner claiming the District 4 seat, currently held by James Yant, who is not running for re-election. Guadagnino got more than 7,500 votes, roughly 40 percent, in August's nonpartisan primary election. Neuhausen received more than 4,700 votes, or about 25 percent of the vote. Danny Valentine, Times staff writer

Gustave "Gus" Guadagnino, 58

Semiretired owner of two companies

Robert Neuhausen, 44

Purchasing manager and export control manager

Nonpartisan
Guadagnino is a 27-year Hernando resident running for public office for the third time, though the first time for School Board. The businessman hails from New York City, and he is a board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. He's also the former president of the Hernando County Education Foundation and current president of the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation. He is a member of the Sheriff's Office YES Program. He's a past director, board member or chairman of numerous other local organizations.Experience A 20-year resident of Hernando County, Neuhausen is running for office for the second time. He ran unsuccessfully for the School Board in 2008. Neuhausen, a former electronics technician in the Navy, has three children in the Hernando school system. He's a member of the school advisory council at his kids' schools and a member of the Parent-Teacher-Student Association. He has volunteered with YMCA sports, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Associate's degree in industrial arts from New York City Community College.EducationBachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida. He also attended Pasco County schools.
Guadagnino believes the biggest problems the School District faces are outside of the county. If elected, Guadagnino says, he would take the fight to Tallahassee, lobbying on behalf of the district. He also wants to get the local business community more involved in the schools.What would be your top priorities if you are elected?Neuhausen is clear about his top priority: communication. He wants to improve communication between the School Board and community by moving board meetings into the schools, making it easier for people to attend. He also wants to improve communication between schools and the district office. Neuhausen says the district's website needs to become more user-friendly. He'd also like to see a half-cent sales tax now used for construction devoted to technological improvements.
It is very important, Guadagnino says. He says he has been fighting for adult technical education for many years as a member of the business community. "Shame on us that it hasn't happened here yet," he says. Adult technical education is important for the county's future, he says, and he believes the county and district are now moving in the right direction to put a program in place.How important is bolstering Hernando's adult technical education offerings? How high of a priority is it for you?Adding adult technical education is a necessity, Neuhausen says. "We need something in the county," he says. As a purchasing and export control manager, he says it's difficult to find employees with the requisite skills. He says he's torn as to whether the School Board or the County Commission should be in charge of the program.
First, Guadagnino says, he would battle not to cut the budget. Then he would look for cuts everywhere except the classroom. He believes money could be saved by joining forces with the county and by improving purchasing agreements.Where would you look first to make cuts if there continue to be budget deficits?Neuhausen believes the district should consolidate by examining contracts for duplication and only after that consider any personnel cuts. "I will always stand behind protecting teachers' positions," he says.
Guadagnino wants a leader who knows how to build teams and is able to work with businesses and involve the community. He wants a visionary. He wants someone with good communication skills and someone who has a short- and long-term plan. He would also prefer a local candidate.What qualities would you look for when appointing the district's next superintendent?The next superintendent should be a strong communicator and someone with experience in the position, Neuhausen says. He or she must have the ability to come up with and implement good ideas, have experience handling a budget, have good cost-saving ideas and the ability to work with people. He prefers a local candidate.
Retirement accounts, bank account, life insurance policy, home, vacation condo, property, businessesAssetsHome, checking and savings accounts
Mortgage, loansLiabilitiesCredit card debt, loans, mortgage
Investments, interest in two companiesIncomeSalary
Married; two grown childrenPersonalMarried; three kids
gus4schoolboard.comWebsite voteforrobert2012.com
gus4schoolboard@gmail.comEmailengineerrob@tampabay.rr.com

About the job: School Board races are nonpartisan. Board members set policy for the district and approve the district's annual budget. District 4 covers the south-central part of the county, but the election is countywide. School Board members serve four-year terms and are paid $33,191 a year.

Hernando County School Board District 4: Gus Guadagnino and Robert Neuhausen, nonpartisan

Gus Guadagnino and Robert Neuhausen will meet for the second time this election cycle, with the winner claiming the District 4 seat, currently held by James Yant, who is not running for re-election. Guadagnino got more than 7,500 votes, roughly 40 percent, in August's nonpartisan primary election. Neuhausen received more than 4,700 votes, or about 25 percent of the vote.

Hernando County School Board District 4: Gus Guadagnino and Robert Neuhausen, nonpartisan 10/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:01am]
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