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Incumbent, challenger join District 4 School Board race

Published Feb. 3, 2016

The District 4 Hernando County School Board race has recently become more crowded, with incumbent Gus Guadagnino and longtime teacher and coach Bill Vonada filing paperwork to run for the seat.

Vonada, 51, has been a teacher in the district for 28 years. He served as head football coach at Springstead High School and, in recent years, has filled the same position at Hernando High. He currently teaches physical education and has previously taught business and marketing.

He says that even though much of what goes on in the classroom is controlled by the state, board members can speak out against policies, such as excessive testing.

"More and more people are realizing we need to be agents of change," Vonada said.

Guadagnino, 61, is a Spring Hill business owner and past president of the Hernando County Education Foundation. As a board member, he has been a strong advocate of retaining superintendent Lori Romano, who agreed to a new four-year contract last month. Guadagnino also pushed hard for the half-cent school sales tax that passed by a wide margin in September.

"I just love what I'm doing," he said about his reasons for running for re-election.

Guadagnino and Vonada join Michael Gordon, who had previously announced his candidacy in the nonpartisan race.

Times staff